Meathook, a brutal death metal band from Arizona, has just released their third album after what appears to be a hiatus or long break in between making new material for fans to enjoy. The new album, “Crypts, Coffins, Corpses” boasts “twisted riffs with the consistency of a fetid swap of gore, drums relentlessly attacking, cracking like a million splintering bones, a bass that dredges the dark places of the earth and a voice that cannot be human”. Which is pretty much something I would have called this album but used different metaphors and nomenclature. Regardless of what words are used, Meathook provides us with the first brutal album of the 2019 year and it’s a ass ripping good time. I’ll explain why after the jump.
Meathook’s style isn’t within the slamming realm of brutal death metal and honestly I am glad, I listened to so much slamming brutal death metal in 2018 that I need more transformative riffing and flow in my songs. Which Meathook does really well on “Crypts, Coffins, Corpses”, the style of riff writing honestly reminds me of old school Cannibal Corpse but with more hostility involved. The bass and drumming that attack my ears along with the guitars really makes for a comforting experience…well for me at least, I think this album sounds really damn good. The music is a little muddy, better production could have mixed and mastered this a little differently, but I think this sound gives this album character. It sounds ungodly evil and that is before you even consider the vocals.
While Meathook’s music sounds like traditional death metal in a sense, it’s the vocals that turn it into brutal death metal. The vocal style works well with how heavy the music is and it blends together perfectly. The added effect of brutal vocals really drives the point that this is fucking gnarly. I imagine a giant crocodile doing these vocals, a giant undead crocodile beast. The range isn’t too wide, you get low guttural and…lower guttural. There seems to be a mid guttural growl in there somewhere but nothing really worth pointing out. However, the sound of the low/lower gutturals is supreme. The execution and consistency of the quality throughout is on a professional level. This guy can manipulate and devour all with his voice. I love the way it sounds over these tracks. To put it in more simple terms: THE VOCALS ARE FUCKING SICK.
“Crypts, Coffins, Corpses” really doesn’t have a song that stands out from the rest of the track list. The flow of the album, most of the songs sound the same. Not one riff stuck out and vibes with me. Not one catchy melody popped out and got stuck in my head. While this album is a good listen and as heavy as elephant balls, I fret that this album will have a hard time getting lots of play during the year. With that said, this isn’t an album you should skip. Shit, I would love to buy a shirt from these guys and support them. I truly like their dark sound and I recommend giving them a listen. I really enjoy the sound Meathook provides, it’s a tasty blend of Cannibal Corpse, Disentomb and Broken Hope. Check them out! Music down below! Go listen to this album on Spotify!
Release Date: Jan 1st, 2019
Label: Unmatched Brutality Records
FFO: Cannibal Corpse, Devourment, Broken Hope & Disentomb
Placed Upon The Altar
Full Album (YouTube)