Within the city walls of Birmingham, Alabama holds a powerful force of Blood and Brutality. Spitting themes of violence at full capacity, their new release does not hold back on delivering its contents.
Founding member, drummer and vocalist Bryan Arant initiated the bands career as of the year 2008 and their discography has been prospering ever since. Before I begin to unwind Decor Macabre, it’s been brought to my attention that this new release was entirely recorded in the same session, remarkably by Arant himself.
With regards to the modern death scene of today I expect new death metal collectives to revive and carbon copy what the highly respected old school bands produced before them. However, this EP does not place itself in one box- by spanning between different subgenre’s it’s an absolute hybrid! Opening the EP with bass-heavy chugs and primal growls, Left For Dead’s first impression certainly sets the atmosphere. Most notably it will suck you into a very dark and desolated place…To rip you out of your trance, Reduced to Ash rushes in with raw energy by introducing elements of speed metal- a real shock to the system. This is cleverly broken up by the chugging tones we’re more familiar with. Bound in Flesh gives a nod to Decapitated’s Anticult era, building blast beats upon an attack of riffs. What makes this EP more exciting has to be the closing track Dark Omen Arise (or Heartwork by Carcass as it sounds incredibly influenced). I find it quite interesting that Arant decided to take a melodic death approach to put an end to the brutality, surprisingly it fits appropriate to the EP.
As a fan dedicated to old school death, I believe that these American metallers have proven that new bands delivering old school elements are still relevant as ever; fans in favour of the evolving scene ought to check Blood and Brutality out. Undoubtedly a lot of effort seems to have gone into this production on Arant’s part and it will sure be interesting to hear what the band has in store for 2018.
It will suck you into a very dark and desolated place...