vastum Hole Below (CD, £13.25)label: 20 Buck Spin
The verbose horror of VASTUM's first two LPs, 'Carnal Law' and 'Patricidal Lust', sadistically carved a jagged, dripping wound into an increasingly reductive American death metal scene. Arising again for this third full-length album, the band plumbs the depths of internalised agony and degradation further than ever on 'Hole Below'. Three albums in, Vastum have honed their disturbed masochism into a sound manifestly their own and true to the core of the purest darkest Death Metal. 20 Buck Spin presents “Hole Below” as one of the finest, best executed examples of Death Metal in 2015. Characterised by a deeply cavernous trudge through gut churning heaviness, “Hole Below” both bluntly crushes and rigorously shreds to conceive fully formed grotesqueries of debased brutality. One of the most lyrically unique, creative and disturbing bands in underground metal. Crushingly recorded at Earhammer Studios in Oakland and mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright.
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