Mortuous “Upon Desolation” [Carbonized]
atavist 9/19/2022 A Library, CD
The latest full-length release from this legendary Bay Area death metal collaboration, and their first full-length in four years. Relentless pursuit of concussive obliteration. Sudden tempo changes, super-tight and cacophonous. It’s hard to predict where they’ll go from one passage to the next within one song. “Nothing” has a great breakdown in the middle of the track with a violin part deftly mixed into a brief period of relative respite and calm. They want to explore all the sounds of death, like the unhinged high-register guitar solos in “Metamorphosis”. Clear the path for “Days of Grey”, a more straight-ahead driving maelstrom that devolves into a dirge befitting the title. It has a cohesion some of the other tracks don’t have, though the discohesion of those tracks is part of their allure. Blastbeats welcome us to “Defiled by Fire”, while the violin returns to take us out. Soaring guitars amidst the churning murk of “Burning Still…”. Most tracks clock in around 4 to 5 minutes and all are worthy, each skillfully presenting a variety of delirious and devastating sounds with dizzying technical precision and, most importantly, unchecked fury.
you heard it 13 times on kfjc! most recently:
- 169 days ago, Atavist played Defiled by Fire
- 176 days ago, Atavist played Burning Still...
- 183 days ago, Lurker played Metamorphosis
- 201 days ago, Teachers AIDS played Burning Still...
- 211 days ago, Dominic Trix played Graveyard Rain
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