Written by: Blackie Skulless
Much like with thrash metal, death metal from South America always seems to have a higher level of scorching energy from it, reflective of the climate. Fossilization is one of those words that just emulates decay and abrasion, especially when you picture it happening to a human. The band’s music certainly holds a candle to that! Hot off the press is their debut EP He Whose Name Was Long Forgotten, a force I absolutely reckon with.
Loading itself with five grueling tracks to nearly touch a full-length outing, Fossilization takes the death metal genre to crushing extremes. Guitar passages specialize in tremolos and explosive overlays of fuming leads that cast horrifying images of ash, decay, and shattering bone fractals. Though you’d expect cavernous vocals to go under this, they’re a bit more prominent than I expected. Naturally, things give way to hints of doom and black metal alike, depending where you fall on the disc.
Furthermore, the drumming on He Whose Name Was Long Forgotten brings a stellar amount of taste as well. Though a lot of it is blasting kicks to match the tremelos or undermine the dronier riffs, there are also a solid amount of fills to be had. The longest track, “Caronte,” is one of the most intense songs for this sole reason, and the way it crafts itself around slow pacing under fast passages is incredible. Closer “Deplorable Epoch” takes a completely different vocal style and torches things to an even blacker degree. The title track also does some cool shit in the calmer section leading towards the end for a slight calm before the storm.
This style does run a bit stale after about twenty minutes, but there isn’t much past that anyway. What’s also nice is that it gives them a solid foundation to work with for a coming full-length, a strategy that many death metal outfits use. If you’re into Nekus, Proscription, Witchbones, or really any of the Vardlokker fronted projects, this is the EP for you.
Fossilization - He Whose Name Was Long Forgotten was released March 8th, 2021 via Everlasting Spew Records.
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