Crypts, Coffins, Corpses

Do you like your death metal old school but brutal? Do you like your death metal sloppy and meaty? Do you like your death metal to be a mix of the first Cannibal Corpse album’s zombified, fetid blasts , Incantation’s oozing miasma and Devourment’s punishing grooves? Please let me introduce you to the third album from Arizona’s Meathook.

With that logo, artwork and song titles like “Cauldron of Dead Bodies”, “Disseminated Remains”, “Awakened by the Stench” and ” Coils of Entrails” yo know what you are getting with this 31 minute slab of filth. The sick vocals are straight from the gutter, like early Chris Barnes, way lower register. The guitars have a sickly moisty, sinewy heft that’s impactful yet not polished, but not too murky either, allowing both the muddy blasts and the thick visceral grooves to heave with great effect.

There’s not much else to say. This isn’t groundbreaking or genre-defying death metal. But the likes of “Temples Made From Flesh”,  “Disseminated Remains” and closer “Coils of Entrails” deliver a gangrenous, putrid slab of death metal that’s brutal but old school, and has a few subtle modern slam elements and makes for a nice album that isn’t forcing to much gurgling  brutality or full-on mindless slam, but a rancid nice stew of everything.

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Written by E. Thomas
March 12th, 2019


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