Anyone familiar with The Vomit Arsonist’s past body of work should know to expect a healthy dose of negativity and hopelessness with every release, but never has that been more true than with his 5th full length, Meditations on Giving Up Completely. There is no reinvention of the sound and no veering off course, but rather a narrowing of the sonic palette, condensed into a continual free-fall of complete despair and nihilism. As Andy Grant described it, Meditations is a release about "futility, failure, and no longer being able to find even a shred of worth in humanity". That mindset is perfectly captured and reflected in the stripped down, monolithic nature and sheer dense weight of the 7 tracks here, where distant furnace blasts and scraping metal abrasions churn amidst toxic fumes and opaque, polluted murk, the vocals roaring through the mix in thick sheets of distorted fury. Those with a fragile mental state may want to steer clear of this one, but for those that find solace with the curtains drawn or at the end of a rope, Meditations on Giving Up Completely is unwavering in its direction and resolute in its approach.
"‘Meditations On Giving Up Completely’ shows clear sense of honing, refinement and restraint in order to create claustrophobic death industrial atmospheres (…to rival the best moments of early Brighter Death Now)." - Noise Receptor
"This is not an album for everyone, despite its brilliant construction and violently pursued goal of not affirming life in any way what so ever. To the many fans of extreme music that might enjoy listening to someone who clearly does not enjoy that much at all, making this fact very clear through music, The Vomit Arsonist’s latest effort is a clear 10/10. Had this album lived up any more to its title, it would simply never have been made." - Archaic Triad
"..If you have ever thought about what despair could sound like, this is it." - Resounding Footsteps
"Meditations is that moment when an artist is in full control, knows what they want and delivers it without ever skipping a beat. While his career has been rather long, and quite illustrious, Meditations may be the masterpiece, the total acceptance of himself and his capabilities." - This Is Darkness
released May 15, 2017
music & art by andrew grant
additional synths on 1, 3 & 4 by ligature impression