Written by: Blackie Skulless
Nothing like a good ol’ slice of death metal from an area not far from me. Spesimin are an upcoming act out of Philadelphia, PA, and their debut EP Born In The Crypt is an instant burst of in-your-face discomfort. With only thirteen minutes of runtime, they certainly gauge a healthy idea of what they’re all about, as they waste zero time opening on such a harsh kick.
Composition wise, Spesimin injects a surprising amount of thrashier elements. It’s quite riff oriented in that sense, boasting plenty of bounce and energetic life under a harsher mix. This allows for a solid balance between melody and chaos--the former being lesser in quantity. Most of this comes from a crustier, punk-like push that can be heard especially in “Violent Sanctification.” It’s your perfect moshpit banger with plenty of sharp leads breaking the buzzing rhythmic surface.
But make no mistake, Born In The Crypt is still death metal at heart, and the vocals don’t leave that behind anywhere. There’s quite a gross gurgle to them, especially in “Mentally Mutilated.” This one drowned itself in much further depths, but the comprehensibility of it mixed with the quick solos are such a cool touch. The title track is the only sign of slower approach, quickly crawling into the faster foundation with guitars all over the place.
This is very much one of those tapes wherein it’s over before you even realize it. It’s so quick, and the songs flow together so well that everything just passes by in an explosive sweep. Those who like a messy serving of death growls and punky OSDM riffs for a quick snack should feast their ears.
Specimin - Born In The Crypt was released May 12, 2020
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