Written by: The Voiceless Apparition
Chaos reigns within the heart of man. It always has. Ever since the dawn of time, humans have been at war with each other. For whatever reasons, I don't know. There is constant turmoil and savagery afoot, which brings us to our review.
Swampbeast are a new band within the underground extreme metal scene. They blend a highly potent mixture of death metal, black metal, grindcore and a tinge of hardcore, satiating the beast within us all. On their debut album Swampbeast have a lot to prove. Do they deliver...or do they not?
The first thing you'll notice about this album is the atmosphere. No, it's not atmosphere in the sense of calming and beautiful; quite the opposite. Opening track "Orcs Anvil" is a barrage of savage and unhinged vocals, buzzing and noisy guitars, and unrelenting blast beats. What an absolute face-fucking of a beginning song. Completely unrelenting all the way through. The album is split into two different styles. The main style being an absolutely chaotic and visceral attack of grinding blackened death metal, and the second being a hardcore-leaning death doom style.
The death/doom-leaning style begins with "1,000 Years of Pestilence," a swampy, slimy, grimy ditty. The apocalyptic atmosphere takes full effect on this track. Absolutely hellish vibes. Not the rest of the album hasn't been completely unhinged, but "Trudging Through Oblivion" is demolishing. The main riff in particular is insanely feral and grossly dissonant and horrifying. Loving the angular nature of this tune in particular, it strikes deep into my blackened soul.
I absolutely adore the production on this album. It's booming and huge. The drums crack like a mighty lightening strike, the guitars are very noisy and abrasive, and the painful tormented vocals are very upfront in the mix, and I must say that for a change it actually benefits the album greatly.
Swampbeast have created something highly abrasive and hellish with this album. That said, my biggest complaint with Seven Evils Spawned of Seven Heads is that while the performances are top-tier and the atmosphere is dense, I find it hard to pick out many hooks in these songs. There are certainly great moments and songs, I just wish the songwriting were a little bit more memorable. No disrespect towards the band, they are phenomenal musicians. I will however say that if you listen to this album all the way through and more as an atmospheric tenure, you will be rewarded with a very digestible listen. While Seven Evils Spawned from Seven Heads may not be an absolute masterpiece, it still warrants your time. Swampbeast have a highly unique sound and I will surely be following closely to their career because I know that they will be releasing THAT album that completely blows me away, and perhaps even the whole extreme metal scene. Please go support them and go check out the album. Big things are ahead for them.
Swampbeast - Seven Evils Spawned of Seven Heads will be released Feb. 12th, 2021 from Translation Loss Records
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