Crown Magnetar
Everything Bleeds

This summer, two major deathcore heavyweights will be vying for your attention. On one hand, is Signs of the Swarm and the subtly evolved and technical Amongst the Low & Empty. A still brutal, but intricate, deft evolution of modern Deathcore.

On the other hand, is the pure fucking beatdown of Colorado’s Crown Magnetar and their second album, Everything Bleeds. An utterly pulverizing, rip your throat up, stamp on your dick, curb-stomp a priest, and then fuck your mom take on deathcore.

This is where I usually break down the album a little bit, highlight a few songs or personal favorites, talk about the production or sometimes even gripe about some minor issues with an album. But to be honest- there’s not much point, as Everything Bleeds just knocks your teeth out from start to finish, and literally leaves no time to react or absorb.

Clocking in at barely over 30 minutes, the album starts with “Nail Funeral” and ends with “Prismatic Tomb” and while the band does have a few moments of ‘atmospherics’ (i.e. some background keyboards or short intro here and there, largely on those two opening and closing tracks and massive “The Level Beneath”) almost everything in between is just a complete and total bludgeoning (as are the aforementioned tracks, don’t be fooled by me using the words atmospheric or keyboards).

But the above numbers as well as the likes of “Hex Ov Hate”, “Everything Bleeds”, “Unholy Neck Stab”, “The Killing Stone”, “Only The Spine Remains” and “Despised from Seed” will arguably go down as 2023’s most intense pure old school deathcore. The breakdowns (and blasts for that matter) are just fucking ridiculous, especially when paired with the vocals of Dan Tucker (arguably one of the most imposing vocalists in the genre) and the clinically brutal production/mix/master of Mike Sahm.

Bonus points the for the upped levels of utterly hateful blasphemy as well, in the lyrics and artwork ( another winner from Calean Stokkermans) as well.

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Written by Erik T
July 26th, 2023

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