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CD review: 'In Light of Dark Days' - Dead Rhetoric

Northern Irish trio The Crawling dig deep into the doom/death well for this debut three song EP In Light of Dark Days. Early Entombed, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and a pinch of Katatonia comes into play for the thick riff rumbling meets turn on a dime tranquil passage of “The Right to Crawl”( love the dual growl/blackened scream approach). Sparseness sets the tone for “End of the Rope”, while the 8 minute plus closer “Catatonic” contains echoing chords that almost chime and creep sideways during the verses as the vocals growl beneath the surface. A great 20 minute look at an act that could develop into something special considering their under two year tenure together – they have the right attitude, songwriting, and environment to channel the best doom/death tracks.

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