Ambassador Gun
Tomb of Broken Sleep

For those of you not family with Ambassador Gun started off as a group called A Second from The Surface.  If you get to check out their older material it is worth checking out. Ambassador Gun definitely no rookies to The United States metal community having done a record with Prosthetic Records and also appearing at Maryland Deathfest a few years ago.  Tomb of Broken Sleep their 2015 effort is a testament to the time and effort that this three piece have put into creating a unique style of grindcore that definitely has a strong Rotten Sound influence but also have a more sludgy dirgy harder rock quality to it.

2015 has already been a strong year for grindcore with artists like Maruta and Antigama putting forth solid efforts.  Ambassador Gun’s Tomb of Broken Sleep is a worthy addition to this list of pummeling songwriters. Tomb opens up with “Heart of Corruption”, which while not blast heavy is a strong opening song with a very catchy opening guitar work and screeching vocals done by Tim Sieler and Luke Olson.  A.G have definitely added a twangy element to this release with songs like “The Mighty Steed”, which have some Mastodon-esque elements going on in the guitar department.

The great thing about Tomb of Broken Sleep is that you get a lot of everything if you are a fan of this style.  This group clearly has been playing together for a while and you can hear that in the song arrangements.  Some might find tunes titled “Smoke Crack Worship Satan” not as elite as something written in Sumerian. The song itself is extremely heavy. It definitely sounds like there is some dropped tuning going on. Ambassador Gun pulls no punches and they definitely have stepped up their game with this effort.

“Karamazov” is my favorite track on the Tomb.  Extremely catchy guitar parts and very interesting subject matter. It is nice to hear some bass breaks on this record.  Everyone has a chance to showcase their strengths. Listening to Ambassador Gun you probably wouldn’t guess that they are three piece.  Patrick Ruhland’s drum work is on form and on point. If you haven’t checked him out on SickDrummer.com he also plays in a band called Australis that is more on the tech/death side of the scale. His trademark drum roll into hyper blasting is well done throughout all of Tomb of Broken Sleep

I think Tomb of Broken Sleep is a step up from Golden Eagle, the last Ambassador Gun full length.  The material feels more about them getting back to what they are good at and playing to the strengths of the band. If you looking for diverse grind album and want to check out a band you might not  have heard out check out Ambassador Gun’s Tomb of Broken Sleep.  It will keep your interest for twenty-six minutes and will hopefully not get your neck too sore from head banging. I would recommend this for fans of Nasum, Rotten Sound, Mastodon, and sure, because I reviewed them earlier, Antigama.

 

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Written by Nick K
August 7th, 2015

Comments

  1. Commented by: Jay

    Badass review Nick! I really dig these guys. Been following them for a bit. AG definitely have their own thing going in the grind pack. They always had a punk-y, sort of hardcore aggression and a rock n’ roll-y twang to their grind, so glad that’s still coming out in the sound. Will look into this beast soon!


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