Faceless Burial hits a lot harder than what I normally listen to, but Speciation and the new Defeated Sanity (Sanguinary Impetus) are my go-to soundtracks for office drudgery in the COVID era. Something about the eyeball-melting crunch in each and every track makes paperwork and answering emails a little more palatable.
This band is like that rare schoolyard bully that takes your lunch money AND gets better grades than you. While this record fully indulges in the twists and turns that OSDM bands weren't afraid of taking - no tight and focused 3 minute singles here - what sets this band apart is that they hit hard the whole way. No sensitive clean tones, just cavern after cavern of kick-ass. I hear a lot of glory days Tampa DM here, as well as early/mid-career Immolation.
Favorite track: Irreparably Corpsed.
For the past five years, Australia’s FACELESS BURIAL have been flying the flag of classicist ‘90s death metal, first across a demo in 2015 and then the subsequent (and acclaimed) Grotesque Miscreation debut album in 2017 and follow-up Multiversal Abattoir MLP a year later. Those latter two recordings, in particular, portrayed the potency of this power-trio, displaying an unremittingly dark and dexterous sound which draws in a variety of death metal traditions.
Going from strength to strength, FACELESS BURIAL play their strongest hand yet with the full-length Speciation. Altogether sharper and more finessed than all previous, Speciation spreads unimaginable DEATH METAL MIGHT with malignant ease.
FACELESS BURIAL exude a charisma that’s totally their own, which largely comes down to the songwriting itself. Where the preceding records maintained a murky ‘n’ malodorous aspect, that was predominantly in the sound itself; here on Speciation, it’s been parlayed into the tense ‘n’ treacherous textures they explore. Otherwise, no great changes have been made, nor should there be: forever twisting and never stagnating, each of these six songs reveals new corridors through which to spelunk, and efficiently so across the album’s deceptively epic 36-minute runtime.
Thankfully, once again, FACELESS BURIAL evade the riff-salad tendencies of so much tech-oriented death metal; their sound isn’t so much a restless blast through scattershot ideas as it is an endlessly malforming entity making rude shapes, and now one colored by narrative lead work. Which is to say nothing of the album’s powerful production, which is rendered in authentically analogue tones and further underlines the band’s reverent devotion to death metal classicism.
Adorned with form-meeting-content cover artwork, Speciation is bound to be the year’s most forward-thinking/backwards-looking death metal album.
released August 7, 2020
Record January 2020 by Finn Keane at Headgap Recording studios, Melbourne Australia.
Mixed and Mastered at World Famous Studios, Colorado.
An excellent blend of black metal and death metal sounds. The whole thing is just a delightfully creepy listen! The dual vocal attack is great. There is a lot of tremolo in the guitar riffs, alternating between low and crushing tones and blistering high tones. Excellent album, beginning to end! klflick1980
I knew there was something I loved about tomb molds music on the first listen, I kept going back to this album and now I can't stop. these guys are very talented indeed, the technicality of their music is executed in a way that basically melts your face from your skull, I'd recommend to any die hard death metaler, or newcomer alike. I'm really pleased to have the cassette in my collection, the fact it's traveled so far to reach me makes it an extra special addition! 🤘🔥 dnacorruption