Skip to main content

CD review: 'In Light of Dark Days' - Metal Ireland

I hate to say it, but when The Crawling put out ‘Choking On Concrete’ some months back, I was completely underwhelmed.
I suspect I wasn’t alone.

It seemed over simplistic, underdeveloped and just not really living up to the promise of the personnel.

It can only have been teething problems, or perhaps just rushing out work-in-progress material much too soon.

Because this fantastic, vastly heavy and utterly despondent doom / death release that we now have here is the absolute business – a world away.

Right from the first plucks, tuned to B and delivered with a morbid torpor, it’s apparent this is going to be brilliant.

Immediately the strains of Mourning Beloveth, Novembers Doom and (of course) My Dying Bride boom out the speakers, enveloping the listener in a wet fug of total misery.

If the guitar sound is collossal, then Stuart’s rough and brutal death growls are even more so: savagely coarse round the edges, sub bass at the low end and a vicious bark at the top.

That simplicity that I criticized ‘Choking On Concrete’ for has now been turned to advantage, as the stomping breakdown in ‘The Right To Crawl’ gives onto an almost celestial tremolo’d few notes.

Yet they’re smart too, because just hidden in the background – barely detectable in fact – are some nice shimmering keyboard textures, so subtly done.

They know when to drop the boulders. They also know when to step up the pace and deliver the metal.

The huge chord progression in ‘End Of The Rope’ is brilliant, while the double time strokes of the cymbal suit it perfectly.

‘Catatonic’ is as its name suggests. Despondent, doleful and reminiscent of Ireland’s finest Mourning Beloveth, it really does hit that tender underbelly of deepest woe wrenched so skilfully by the best in the genre.

What’s so good about this is the hugely apparent emotion behind it. The depressive weight behind the tunes is clear, and also the anger: by the time you’re at the end of ‘Catatonic’ you could almost be listening to Immolation it’s so punishing.

I’m pleasantly gobsmacked by the upturn in quality here – a superb release, no doubt whatsoever.

All the more so as we turn into winter.

4.1 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 11/10/15

Metal Ireland


Popular posts from this blog

Interview at Bloodstock 2016 - 'Total Rock' podcast

Total rock caught up with the band at Bloodstock - listen to the interview and a track on their podcast! Listen here!

Cheers guys!

CD review: 'Anatomy Of Loss' - Ram zine

There’s some great titles on this album and one is ‘An Immaculate Deception’ that possesses some tough and twisting rhythms with a deep dark grunting vocal that you can feel in your gut as it rips your intestines out!
Moving on to the next track ‘Poison Orange’ I can almost hear the band laughing when they thought up this track title, but also can feel the harshness brooding as it plays out and leaks its venomous liquid through its vicious assault, and this is without being played fast.

‘Acid on my Skin’ speaks volumes from its title and will have you believe that it is toxic and caustic and of course you would be right to believe as its abrasive mark is made with a very potent vocal and large slices of darkened rhythms.

‘All Our Failings’ is a very imposing track that holds a lot of insatiable bait. It begins fast and then slows down to reveal that it can’t make up its mind if it wants to move faster or slower so you just have to go along with the flow, however, the track contains real…