Now this is the stuff. Featuring members of Torture Rack and Dagger Lust, I’ve long been a fan of the foulness that Witch Vomit unleash into the world. 2016’s A Scream from the Tomb Below and 2017’s Poisoned Blood were both underground gems of fetid old-school death metal, and Buried Deep in a Bottomless Grave is no different in this regard.
This is filthy, vicious stuff. Creating songs that are full of ferocious bloodlust, alongside a healthy dose of macabre atmosphere, Witch Vomit have probably produced their best work so far with Buried Deep in a Bottomless Grave.
Once you wipe away the grave moss you discover that this is well-written death metal, with attention to detail apparent in the guitars, dynamics, and song structures. It’s largely a mix of the Swedish and US strains of death metal, and Witch Vomit combine these with skill and brutal finesse.
Elements of doom can be heard here and there, enhancing the grim atmospheres as the band plough through the material with the enthusiasm of people who love their work. Melody is used sparingly, appearing to add dashes of violent colour to the music. The leads are well-done, and I particularly enjoy the screaming, wailing solos.
The singer sounds more feral than ever, delivering all manner of growls, screams, and roars. His performance stands out.
Within the band’s disgusting framework there’s a good degree of rotten diversity on display here. Each song has its own merits, and as the entire album only lasts 28 minutes, it’s effortlessly easy to slip it back on again once it has expired.
Buried Deep in a Bottomless Grave is a top quality release in all respects. Witch Vomit continue their upward trajectory, and are seemingly incapable of putting a deathly foot wrong.
Very highly recommended.