GRAVEYARD GHOUL+CRYPTIC BROOD – The Graveyard Brood (CD)
This is a split EP with two old school death metal bands, and they’re as deathly as they come.
Graveyard Ghoul is more in the vein of Necrophagia and Autopsy, with an interesting doom and gloom edge to their late eighties death metal inspired playing. These guys sound very death metal, but their depressive elements remind a lot of Necrophagia, Autopsy and Slayer (Seasons In The Abyss). These guys are pretty good at what they play, but nothing new, as it is more in the old school-sounding vein. With three new songs featured here, you know, if and when they do release a full length CD, it’s going to be nothing short of totally awesome, with tons and tons of blasphemy. These songs also remind a lot of Abscess too, so if you’re into the twisted style of death metal, this should cure your thirst for blood and maggots.
The second group is Cryptic Brood; they too have the tons of early Autopsy influences that’s sure to slit your writs and leaving you bleeding to death. “Rancid Sorcery” sounds like it could have been on two of the earlier Autopsy CDs, “Severed Survival” and “Mental Funeral”. I love the bass guitar sound on their three tracks, which gives it that total old school death metal touch in spirit. Cryptic Brood also reminds a bit of Death, from their “Scream Bloody Gore” album, which was a cult favorite. The three tracks from Cryptic Brood are pretty good, and I cannot wait to check out their full-length album as well, as I know they’re bringing back the best that old school death metal has to offer. “Basement Funeral” reminds of the good old days when death metal was sick, twisted, wicked sounding in style, and the guitar rhythms reigned in total black. The down tuned guitar tunings also add a lot of depth and darkness to Cryptic Brood’s music as well. Check it out see your corpse catch on fire. Prepare to burn, bitch! [Final Gate Records] Sarjoo Devani