A horrible hack

Theories

Vessel

Year Released: 2019
Format: Download
Label: Corpse Flower
 
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jun 1, 2019
Gurgly death-grind played by people who've been around for a while. Long enough, in fact, that they should really know that the drums here just sound plain wrong. Seriously, everything else here is stodgily on-point, but the drums – and the snare in particular – just drag you bodily out of the moment and beg you to take too much notice of them in the most eye-jabbing way possible. Maybe it's a statement thing, to make the music all the more difficult and uncompromising? Or perhaps a lifetime of heavy metal has ruined their hearing to the extent they can't here treble anymore? I don't know, and I frankly can't believe I'm spending this much time labouring a point about the drum sound on a grindcore record when I should really be in bed and desperately trying to recalibrate after a week of little joy and even less sleep. Gah!


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