Grave – Morbid Ascent

It’s hard to see a great deal of change in a five track EP from a band that have already cemented themselves as death metal veterans with ten full lengths confirming their legacy. Swedish favourites Grave certainly stick to their ferocious formula and EP ‘Morbid Ascent’ carries on from where last year’s stellar ‘Endless Procession of Souls’ left off. The first three tracks are new tunes that are fuelled by the aggressive speed and Ola’s menacingly familiar growls of the dirty nineties, with opener ‘Venial Sin’ stamping their style from the off. A cover of Satyricon’s ‘Possessed’ is a surprisingly brutal addition and a remix of last year’s ‘Epos’ stripped down and shortened for a heavier, sharper crunch. If this is a taster of things to come from Grave, expect the well done death metal all over again.

Small review published in Iron Fist

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Purify The Horror – ‘Untitled EP’ [7]

When a band can’t be bothered to think up a name for their debut record and decide to stay anonymous behind pig heads, panic may ensue for many that this band are not mature enough for some attention. Purify The Horror prove you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover with explosive results, as their first and ‘Untitled EP’ makes you jump at just how intense it is from the word go. Hailing from Birmingham, the band have clearly taken inspiration from hometown heroes Napalm Death, with a grind album so filthy, it becomes apparent as to why they hide behind the faces of swine.

Regardless of only seventeen minutes to show themselves, the trio (consisting of members from Necrotize, The Solemn Curse and more) manage to horrify in every tempo, tone and torment they can think of and with ferocious results. Tunes such as ‘The Resistance’ have the ideal snappy tone expected from grindcore, whilst other moments chug along in a more deathly manner, with ‘Future And Fantasy’ being a prime example and Sergeant Squeals living up to his name on vocals. The pork obsession continues with ‘PIG’ showcasing the ever existent humour within the genre but what isn’t funny is how meticulous the timing is throughout, the precision is enough to help you appreciate the nastiness further. With ‘Untitled EP’ only being the start for the Brummie brothers, we can only assume they’ll be bringing home the bacon soon enough.

Reviewed by Lily Randall

‘Untitled EP’ is out July 30th on Dissected Records.

You’ll like this if…fresh, British bred grindcore is your ideal sandwich filler.

published on soundshock.com

Doomsday – ‘Doomsday’ EP review

The concept of a super group can often cause a hype that is nowhere near deserved. A band full of death metal legends can create a standard yet strong release; however it is when a hybrid of extreme metal entities gets together that a real recipe for destruction can be created.  With this in mind, Doomsday’s self-titled debut EP is a real treat that consists of past and present members of Nachtmystium, Goatwhore, Gates of Slumber and Bones. Certain elements from these aforementioned projects are engulfed into this six-song onslaught, with the outcome being a nasty death metal album covered in crust and blackened at the edges.

The record may only have a short space of time to blow you away, but it succeeds by changing the tempo from ferocious blastbeats to punk-fuelled d-beats and rock’n’roll riffs, all whilst Zion Meagher (ex-Nachtmystium) growls and snarls consistently with ease. Doomsday race out of the stalls at such a speed that the album is over before you know it and it’s fair to say that the beginning of the record is much stronger than the latter. The “fuck you” punk attitude flows through the EP and is concluded with a solid cover of GG Allin’s ‘I Kill Everything I Fuck’, which seems apt for the atmosphere that surrounds it. Considering this release was recorded in about a week, so to fit around the member’s busy schedules, the musicianship is strong and the production is purposely raw adding to the in-your- face emblem stamped all over ‘Black Vessell’. Goatwhore’s drummer Zack Simmons keeps the racket a controllable one, and despite the heinous sound, you can tell this is organised chaos, with ‘Bring Down The Knife’ adding Pentagram’s Russ Strahan into the mix on guitar for an extra dose of great musicianship.

Bearing in mind that this is only a snippet of the capabilities of Doomsday, in such a small turnaround period, the future is encouraging and we can only hope that they find time around their other projects to create more musical mayhem soon.

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Written for Ghost Cult Magazine #4