I try not to make too many judgements before actually listening to an album; it's impossible not to make a few, as it is just human nature. However, the name of this North Carolina death metal band, the band's logo, the album title, and the cover artwork gave me an accurate impression of the contents of this release. It proved to be right up my alley.
Part of me was hoping that the first few notes of the opening track "Crown of Worms" would not sound too similar to the rest of the album, while most of my psyche simply wanted more of the brutality. To be curt, the second scenario was beyond fulfilled; fast technical music, good musicianship, brutal vocals with little effects, lyrics that range from violent to putrid...I was a happy camper. I usually prefer two guitarists in a band like this, but one suffices as Labyrinthe guitarist Jason Keating nails every song, as well as demolishes every doubt that a deathcore musician can create brutal music for the elitist metalhead crowd. This relatively new band (est. 2013) will go far with fans of technical brutality in the acidic vein of Suffocation and Devourment.
The only thing that I would have changed would be the monotonous similarity between songs that brutal music such as death metal and grindcore are known for. Yet, at the same time, I wouldn't, as I am sometimes in the mood for nonstop no-bullshit brutality. If you love nonstop no-bullshit coreless brutality, this is highly recommended. If not, and you are more concerned with virtuoso-level musicianship, or simple catchy music...well, I still recommend it.
My rating: 9/10
Put simply, I love this shit.
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