A rising force in the death metal community, Skeletal Remains is a band focused on bringing destructive and apocalyptic sounding music to the ravenous extreme metal fans around the world. Their new album, “Devouring Mortality,” is yet another example as to why these guys really do know how to create some vicious old school death metal.
The Southern California based band first came to my attention with the release of their 2015 album, “Condemned to Misery,” which is their second full-length album. After listening to that album I then decided to check out their 2012 debut album, “Beyond the Flesh.” I respect the band’s passion for old school death metal and you can hear on, “Condemned to Misery,” a band that works unbelievably hard to come up with very solid extreme sounding tunes.
For the their third full-length album, “Devouring Mortality,” the band continues to fire on all cylinders with eleven brutal cuts of corpse splitting death metal. The opening track, “Ripperology,” is a true behemoth of old school death metal and contains some sinister sounding riffs. I thought the lead guitar playing was also exceptionally executed throughout the song. There are leads that reminded me of classic material from bands such as Death and Pestilence. Another area that stood out was the drumming and I thought the mixing of the drums was very well done on this entire album.
Track number two, “Seismic Abyss,” is a crushing piece of music sending seismic shocks throughout the body making you want to feverishly bang your head to the malevolent sounds. The song’s ferocious tone and the band's tight overall sound is what I believe allows Skeletal Remains to really standout when pertaining to their style of old school death metal. Songs like “Catastrophic Retribution” and, “Torture Labyrinth,” are extremely well recorded and demonstrate a group of musicians who know how to hammer out some monstrous sounding compositions.
Other songs I want to mention are, “Parasitic Horrors,” “Mortal Decimation,” and “Reanimating Pathogen.” Once again the riffs convey such a bellicose and aggressive sound that captures your attention right away. I felt like the guitar playing, the drumming, the bass playing and the vocal delivery, work together in such perfect synchronicity. The entire album flows with an extreme synergy and the songwriting is without question some of the best new death metal you will find around.
In the end, Skeletal Remains did not disappoint and in my opinion created their strongest release to date. In the extreme metal world some bands just don’t seem to get the sound right and the songs seem to fall flat, however, that is not the case with Skeletal Remains. Plus it helps when you have the legendary Dan Swanö doing the mixing and mastering. He did a great job capturing Skeletal Remains utterly vicious and brutal sound, so I hope the band continues to work with him and future releases. If you want solid old school death metal I highly recommend this album, because this is the type of death metal you want in your life. Unlike those death metal bands that are really metalcore, but the band members are all huffing paint thinner so they think they're a death metal band. Don’t huff paint thinner kids! Listen to Skeletal Remains instead!
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