Faceless Burial - Official Website


Speciation

Australia Country of Origin: Australia

1. Mayhem Doctrine
2. Going Viral
3. Public Animal #1
4. Instant Gratification
5. Conspiracist
6. Genital Grinder
7. Hyper Dominant
8. The Destruction Of Commercial Scum
9. So Many Ways To Kill
1. Worship
2. Limbic Infirmary
3. Irreparably Corpsed
4. Speciation
5. Spuming Catarrhal Gruel



Review by Carl on April 16, 2020.

I remember back in the day when this gang of ruffians released their infamous debut with its equally infamous coprophilic cover art and that the editorial pages of metal magazines were filled with disgusted and outraged reactions for months to come after that. Where has the time gone, one asks himself. After that, the band kept it going with their own brand of hedonistic fury and filth. It must be noted that for the troupe of porn addict hooligans that they are, the band is actually pretty competent at what they do, a fact they make clear once again on Mayhem Doctrine.

From the first note, they launch into their death metal assault with raging determination to bludgeon the listener into squash, and it's interesting to note that Waco Jesus doesn't sound like most of the brutal death metal legions out there. Their sound is firmly rooted into death metal of the early 90's like early Hypocrisy, Sinister (NL), Cannibal Corpse with Chris Barnes and "Harmony Corruption" era Napalm Death. The riffing is executed with punkish fluidity while the percussion keeps it all together with furious blasts, thrashy mid-tempo rhythms and slower, groovier parts to assure the short songs keep varied and interesting. On top of all that is the aggressive bark of vocalist Shane, spouting the vile lyrics over the violent death/grind. His is a style that's not as low as you have become as accustomed to from other BDM vocalists, utilizing a gruff, growling style that has more to do with bands like Repulsion, Deicide or Atrocity (US). They deliver their assault with hardcore energy, more akin to the approach of how the more aggressive thrash bands (think Dark Angel or early Num Skull) deliver their punch. They keep it swinging throughout and after a few listens these songs will be planted firmly into your deteriorating brain.

This is fierce death metal, steeped in old school attitude, with memorable songs, great production and dripping malicious aggression and if you're into violent death/grind you should have a field day grinding this down. Just try not to injure any old ladies while listening to this.

Rating: 8 out of 10

   476

Review by chrisc7249 on June 22, 2022.

Everytime a new band comes along and changes the landscape of its genre, there is, unsurprisingly, a flurry of bands that flock to the studios to put their own spin on this newly introduced formula. There is, of course, nothing wrong with this - in death metal specifically, it's a nice refresher from the countless bands that try to sound like Entombed and Dismember, all while never even holding a candle to the amazing works of those two. The band in question is, of course, the newly introduced Blood Incantation that has taken the death metal world by storm, and with good reason. The best way to describe their sound in one simple sentence, is to imagine what death metal would sound like if you took a little sprinkle of every one of its subgenres and put them all into one well-crafted package. Because of this newfound sound, it should come as no surprise that since their 2016 debut, a number of bands have all tried the same formula, and with great success. Burial Invocation, Warp Chamber, Cosmic Putrefaction, and many others I'm sure I haven't heard or have forgotten about. However, one of the names that does not get enough recognition with their newest album, Faceless Burial, may have just outdone their contemporaries by a great margin.

"Speciation" is a chaotic mix of a number of bands, a putrid cacophony that brings to mind genre stalwarts and underground legends such as Gorguts, Suffocation, Incantation, StarGazer, Demilich, Opeth, Death, and even The Black Dahlia Murder. Yes, the influences are that expansive, even if the band didn't directly incorporate these influences into their music. It destroys everything in its path with a menacing compilation of death and progressive metal riffs, intertwined with a tight and heavy production that suffocates the listener. But, don't be alarmed, this isn't some noodly bullshit (though I love that stuff too), these are genuine technical riffs that don't overwhelm you with "bro look at how many time signature changes I do!" It's a progressive edge that aids the cavernous and bludgeoning death metal that acts as a foundation for the technicality to shine.

The songs are very well structured, never becoming too repetitive or straying too far off from the core of the music to the point where it ends up meandering. The solos are meaningful and aren't just walls of noise, and often elevate the music to a new level whenever they come on. The dissonant riffs that remind heavily of "From Wisdom to Hate" era Gorguts are some of the best on the album. It's rare to hear bands incorporate riffs of this style in a listenable fashion that's easy to pick up on after just one or two listens instead of five or six. And that's what's great about this album; not only is there a little bit of something for all types of death metal lovers, but it's all packaged neatly into an easily digestible format that even people just getting into the genre can find themselves enjoying. You don't need to be an expert in the genre to enjoy it, but it also doesn't just appeal to newbies and has things for seasoned veterans to appreciate. A strikingly perfect balance that so few bands have managed to achieve in the 30+ years of death metal.

I must say the only downside of this album is that the vocals are plain, boring and don't mix with the music much at all. They're low as shit, but they don't really do much more than be background noise. They could have definitely been better than this, but it's not doing much for me the way it is now.

"Speciation" is one of the finest slabs of death metal to be released in 2020. In a year filled with a bunch of unsung gems, it would seem Faceless Burial sits atop them all. It's catchy, heavy, technical when it needs to be, groovy when the time is right and hooks you in almost instantly with its precise musicianship and relentlessly heavy riffs. As stated above, there's a little something for every type of death metal fan, and it's just an all around great album that will succumb the listener into its dark atmosphere. A furious combination of melody and brutality that is often left out in modern death metal.

FFO: Burial Invocation, Blood Incantation, Warp Chamber

Favorite song: Worship

Rating: 9 out of 10

   476