Beastwars
The Death of All Things


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
April 25th, 2016 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The final part of this brilliant apocalyptic trilogy...

After shaking the sludge/stoner metal sphere overnight with their uber heavy self-titled debut, as well as consolidating their strengths through its brilliant sequel, Blood Becomes Fire, Beastwars have become a force to be reckoned with. Now, we have reached the end of this apocalyptic trilogy and The Death of All Things is finally in our hands. Of course, the band finishes the job in a similar fashion yet it offers some small surprises along the way. Tearing down the walls with ramming riffs, the accompanying thoughtful, nihilistic tales portray the destruction of humanity who’s currently in the hands of greedy bankers, corrupt politicians, religious leaders and fake media whores that half of the globe glorifies. Nevertheless, there is also a reflective side represented by slightly toned down cuts, which bring a welcomed diversity to the table.

Kicking in full power, ‘Call to the Mountain’ is a murky beast that alternates from swinging grooves to pummeling choruses. The drums’ sound is powerful and round, driving the huge riffs all the way. Matt Hyde’s impressive, raucous snarl is just as hellish as always, however, he is more prone than ever to switch from distorted to clean vocals, as evidenced on ‘Devil of Last Night’ or ‘Witches’. These make great use of quiet/loud dynamics, creating a harrowing vibe. The band builds tension through instrumental passages and the moment Hyde joins in, they’re raging. Unpredictable moments like these make the journey even more interesting. Moreover, it suits them; for example, ‘The Devil Took Her’ is a mournful, acoustic ditty that echoes acts such as Angels of Light or Man’s Gin, bringing fresh sounds to the catalog. The appropriate tone is augmented by violins and Matt’s haunting croon.

Lying in between these bipolar extremities are tunes like ‘Holy Man’ or the title track. They jump from one end of the spectrum to the other, leaving room in between apocalyptic outings for thick bass lines where the guitar shares only a few leads or simply feedbacks. This way, the album ended up less dense than its predecessors. There are some melodic riffs alternating with bludgeoning ones and as ‘Black Days’ showcases, they sound really good altogether. The infectious main rhythm brings out the best of their stoner influences, before the doom-tinged bridge breaks the flow. Years later, Hyde doesn’t cease to amaze when screaming his lungs out.

Unfortunately, Beastwars shall remain in limbo for the foreseeable future, as drummer Nato will move in the UK at the end of the promotional tour. It would be a shame if these guys didn't record anything together again, as The Death of All Things not only showcases some of their strongest material so far, but also started diversifying the output. Regardless of the band’s upcoming decisions, the entire trilogy stands out as one of the best collection of sludge/stoner metal songs released in the last decades.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2016


4748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome stuff!



Full album here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO4O2cYLSR8

Digging: Asthma Castle - Mount Crushmore

RogueNine
April 25th 2016


3866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh snap I need to check this.

Gmork89
April 25th 2016


7809 Comments


Sounds sweet, I wish all of the stoner/sludge bands didn't have the same beard-guy vocals though.

CaimanJesus
April 25th 2016


3740 Comments


Fuck I wish this wasn't their last album. Love these guys. Good Review.

Asdfp277
April 25th 2016


19723 Comments


holy artwork!

Digging: Black Barrel - Last Frontier

emester
April 25th 2016


8251 Comments


Beard guy vocals rule the fuck u on

CaimanJesus
April 25th 2016


3740 Comments


Yeah these guys have sweet artwork for all of their albums

daysofthunder
April 25th 2016


36 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First time listening to this group and holy fucking artwork.



Album is great, thanks front page.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
April 25th 2016


2965 Comments


Never heard of the band until very recently when I stumbled across the artwork online and purchased the record immediately. Their back-catalog is wonderful.

tempest--
April 25th 2016


20632 Comments


was waiting for this review ;-]
listened to this the other day, not sure if it's better than the last record but damn this band is bloody solid. probably my favourite playing this kind of music at the moment.

RogueNine
April 25th 2016


3866 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I found these guys through artwork too. The BBF cover is still my favorite.

Voltimand
April 25th 2016


976 Comments


Summary should have been "More than meets the ear...".

Digging: Jack The Joker - Mors Volta

Tomstein
April 26th 2016


96 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

These guys Confessor Crowbar and Cult Of Luna are the reason why I love sludge metal.

CaimanJesus
April 26th 2016


3740 Comments


I see you liked my rec Tom

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2016


4748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The new Cult of Luna is awesome too.

Pho3nix
April 26th 2016


595 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Like their debut the most

FearThyEvil
April 27th 2016


16773 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band has such good bass production.

greg84
Emeritus
April 28th 2016


7604 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this may be their best album so far, great songs all around

Sevengill
April 28th 2016


9039 Comments


Band's bio says they were founded in 200. I almost believe it.

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tempest--
April 28th 2016


20632 Comments


200 BC yea def get a stone age feel from these guys m/



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