Beneath the Massacre – Fearmonger (Review)

Beneath the Massacre - FearmongerThis is the fourth album from Canadian death metallers Beneath the Massacre.

Beneath the Massacre play technical death metal that’s relentlessly harsh and brutal. This is not music for the uninitiated or the fragile; Beneath the Massacre are uncompromisingly merciless across these 30 minutes. This is the band’s first album in eight years, and when you listen to Fearmonger it should quickly become apparent that Beneath the Massacre have lost none of their ability or impact.

Underneath the uncompromising brutality this is music that’s angular and harsh, with jagged riffs played with mechanical precision. Inhuman rhythms smash up against brain-scrambling melodies, producing music that feels like a spiked whirlwind has just smashed through your speakers and destroyed your life utterly.

The band’s complexity is tempered with a love of brutality that makes for hard hitting songs. These songs are fashioned into short, hyper-aggressive slabs of crushing heaviness, balancing technicality and instant-appeal with skill and apparent ease. There’s a massive amount of abrasive content packed into these brief tracks; it’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair that will leave you breathless and dizzy with the sheer brutality of it all. Intense and imposing it undoubtedly is, but it also demonstrates a band on fire.

This destructive album is a very satisfying and enjoyable listen, assuming you can handle Beneath the Massacre’s brand of ultra-brutality, of course. If you’re a fan of the style, then this is the Grade A Good Stuff.

Essential listening for any fan of extremity.

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