Opener "Scabs" is chaotic from the very start, with guitar feedback and pounding drums. A dizzying lead line loops over a wall of chords before the song takes off into an uptempo riff that will surely get heads banging. Mackintosh's vocals are brutal and often of guttural delivery, but his lyrics maintain clarity and are intelligible for the most part. The aforementioned crusty, HM2 soaked guitars are the signature sound of the album. Kurt Ballou's production lends itself well to the band, and Erlandsson's drums punch through the mix with a solid drum room tone that shines above the wall of chaotic guitars. "Bereft" is a sludgy, downtempo romp that lasts over 7 minutes, while "Odious Bliss" trudges along at a breakneck tempo, before erupting into a pit inducing breakdown. My favorite track on the album, "Savages Arise" opens with barrage of brutal riffs before heading into another breakdown, and even segue into a crusty d-beat two step riff.
The second half of the album is home to two scathing tracks in "Cattle" and "Thirst For Extinction", the latter of which ends with a devastating mosh riff. "Dragged To Gehenna" is easily one of the heaviest tracks on the album, with palm muted chords and sludgy single run riffs aplenty. Album closer and title track "Splinters" is a hell of a sludgy beast that maintains its slow devastation over 6 minutes.
I cannot wait to experience Vallenfyre in a live setting, although I wish I had longer hair to whip around to some of these riffs. Splinters is available now via Century Media, and the band will be releasing a limited 7" record that is comprised of a B-Side from the Splinter's sessions, as well as another track that was previously exclusive to a Decibel Magazine Flexi. Stream "Savages Arise" below:
Genre: Metal / Blackedned Sludge
Label: Century Media
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Similar: Trap Them, At The Gates, Black Breath
- Instinct Slaughter
- Odious Bliss
- Savages Arise
- The Wolves Of Sin
- Dragged To Gehenna
- Thirst For Extinction