***Vicious, lethal and pissed off unlabeled metal***
“WE SERVE NO ENTITY, WE BOW TO NONE”
This album joins the ranks of most pissed off albums of 2016 together with Vermin Womb’s ‘Decline’. But what sets OPOWIS apart from other bands is the innate ability to keep things heavy and brutal without being fast all the time. Most tracks feature the insane and weird riffing of Eric Netto from the underrated LA band Lake of Blood and what this man creates with sick palm muting is out of this world. Jezz, just listen to “Resplendent Misery” as an example of this unique way of playing. INTENSE. The whole album is relentless, not a second of rest, but it has enough ups and downs so it doesn’t become unidimensional or tiring. The songwriting while relatively “normal” is not your typical meat and potatoes metal. There are a lot of black metal cavalcades too that will melt your brain. The band is awesome at being a death metal band and at bringing speed and atmosphere.
Special mention to the monstrous vocal work of Justin Moore, but that recently has been replaced by Charlie Mumma (ex-Knel Rote) and the killer drumming from Mr Gaskin, a usual suspect from his delirious drum work in another LA band Teeth.
While this album has some problems like being a little bit too linear at times, too short, or that the bass is not really up there, these little details just end up as anecdotes when compared to the fury, darkness and vile energy that this album has. The design of the vinyl is spectacular too and the art by Sarah Sheil is out of this world. Look at how cool their logo looks inserted on the cover.
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