Sewn together from the rotting remains of Incantation, Disciples of Mockery, Morpheus Descends and Gorephobia, Mausoleum have been butchering their way across the underground circuit since 2001. Over the course of their fourteen year career, they’ve put out two full lengths, numerous splits and also managed to emit their decaying, plague-filled sound into such acts as Engorge, Morpheus Descends and Typhus.
You’re in for the ride of your life on this split album if you’re taking this with you on a road trip cutting through desolate towns in the central United States. In fact, playing this in your Mustang while getting gas at a pump somewhere in the fringes will upset the locals so much, you’re probably not coming back home very soon.
Both dealers in misery and purveyors of the downtrodden, the two bands’ consummate pairing makes this release all the more impressive. Whereas Keeper are the sound of a tortured, agonised soul, Sea Bastard are the vehement pain-dealers, gloating in the presence of their comrades’ manacled, broken bodies and basking in their collective anguish – the tormented and the tormentor.
Energumen are from Switzerland and have nothing Swiss about their three-song EP. Anybody take a shot at guessing what Switzerland typically reminds people of? How about Roger Federer, Swiss army knives, Swiss banks and Swiss cheese? I don’t hear anyone saying Energumen, but that should change.
Holy cow! Am I listening to Midnight, one of Hell’s Headbangers’ unholiest bands? This is spirited, blackened heavy metal like few bands can make. The band’s name is Sacred Leather, and their Hunger In The Night two track album is as whiplash-inducing as getting rear-ended over and over by some six year old kid in a Camaro.