In a different era where not every single band that wants to get signed does, where quantity doesn’t crush quality every single day of the week, SWAMPBEAST would be hot news. They are a rough and brutal death metal band that understands what it takes to make strong and honest DM. Unfortunately, they are in the third decade of the 21st century, where every fucking day brings an onslaught of “product”. Only the very, very best can fight through the flack to make a true impression.
What I like about this record is the great natural sound to it. The drums sound absolutely real and authentic, which is a rarity these days. The guitars are low-tuned and growling and pleasingly analog. The vocals…well, they are pretty typical, but I’ve heard worse. It really helps when you have a true and organic sound, especially in death metal. And SWAMPBEAST really bring the crush. They mix fast blasts with some pretty groovy and massive hooks to create a sound that keeps you on your toes. Cuts like ‘The Permanence Of Death’ and ‘Cerberus’ emphasize slower, crunchier riffs to good effect.
They also don’t sound too much like any one band, although I can hear IMMOLATION, CANNIBAL CORPSE, BAPHOMET and other American death metal influences throughout. It’s another plus when you don’t clone just one band. But, at the end of the day, this beast inhabits a swamp that’s got way too many gators in it, and that’s going to keep them from any big success. It may not be fair, but it’s all too true.
Review By: Dr. Abner Mality
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4 / 6