Deus Vermin – Monument to Decay
Leeds’ Deus Vermin deliver a wondrously gross debut with Monument to Decay. Rife with grimy dissonance and disemboweling instrumentation, Monument to Decay is a 21-minute showcase of death metal of the bleakest order. The songs on this recording churn discordantly, calling to mind other dissonant death metal acts like Of Feather and Bone and Our Place of Worship Is Silence. The tracks will often unleash eviscerating, tremolo-picked riffs and hellacious blast beats indicative of modern death metal, but are soon marred by unpredictable rhythmic shifts and ugly angularity (see “Swarms”). Tracks such as “Iniquity” unleash dissonant, serpentine death metal that twists and writhes like an interdimensional, multi-limbed leviathan, which eventually transitions into a groaning, doom-laden climax. All of this blackened madness leads up to the monolithic “Planetary Illness”; a stunning closing track comprised of spastic bursts of jagged death metal and cacophonous evil. Deus Vermin‘s devastating debut puts them on right track and will appease fans of having their ears obliterated.
Release Date: June 14, 2018
Label: Independent/FHED Records
Favorite Tracks: “Worms” and “Planetary Illness”
For Fans Of: Of Feather and Bone, Our Place of Worship Is Silence, Necrot and Succumb
Gloop – The Tourist
Fans of all things Amphetamine Reptile and Steve Albini will get their faces delightfully ripped off by Gloop‘s newest record, The Tourist. With a mere 18 minutes at their disposal, this Maryland trio deliver all of the abrasive and psychotic noise rock one can handle. From the metallic bombardments of “A Shrine Built for Two”, to the nauseating rhythms of “Dancing Tongues”, The Tourist is a mentally-unhinged thrill ride. Throttling, grimy bass lines collide with jangly guitars and pummeling percussion across this eight-track release, resulting in earsplitting madness. Songs like the spastic “Skunked” cycle back-and-forth between disorienting, dissonant chord progressions and bouncing verses, while snarky vocals sneer over the top. Shorter tracks like “Salamander” and “Bright Sigh” unleash quick bursts of rambunctious noise punk that will have listeners vomiting up their lunch after they’ve been spun around by dizzying riffs. Then there are completely chaotic and unpredictable tracks like “Who Ate the Sun?”, which are comprised of sliding guitar noise and disjunctive, seizure-like riffs. All-in-all, Gloop‘s The Tourist is a brief but blistering release that all weirdos can get down with.
Release Date: June 1, 2018
Label: Grimoire Records
Favorite Tracks: “A Shrine Build for Two”, “Skunked”, “Salamander” and “Samurai Birthday”
For Fans Of: God Bullies, Cows, Shellac, The Jesus Lizard and Unsane