Containing a mixture of different gruesome ingredients, you can hear Suffocation, Bolt Thrower, and even a touch of old Amorphis in Skullcrush’s sound. Across the 22 minutes on this EP the band combine these influences and more into a ghastly blend of grim, dirty death metal.
There’s also a touch of malignant blackened sludge in the band’s sound. This adds another foul flavour to Skullcrush’s old-school death metal, one which they force down your throat and demand you enjoy at rusted knife-point.
Full of sinister vibes and filthy guitars, these tracks are well-written and packed with malevolent appeal. The music features just the right combination of macabre brutality and malignant atmosphere, making for songs that provide both instant gratification and a longer-lasting satiety. This latter aspect of Skullcrush’s sound is particularly well-done, and something that helps elevate this EP above the standard, and into more rarefied realms. The last section of final track Hellwater also descends into the bowels of funeral doom’s despair-ridden depths, which is probably part of the reason it’s my favourite track here.
The deep guttural growls are savagely delivered and work flawlessly with the music to deliver real bite. Venomous screams also appear now and again, adding yet another mode of attack to Skullcrush’s destructive arsenal.
This EP is highly recommended for any connoisseur of underground death metal.