Witch Vomit
Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheNotrap USER (29 Reviews)
September 8th, 2019 | 56 replies


Release Date: 08/30/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I've got a message for you, and you're not going to like it. Pray for death.

2019 is proving to be an interesting year when it comes to old school death metal. Bands such as Tomb Mold, Krypts, Superstition, Abyssal or Nucleus, have all released lethal material that has certainly pleased much of the ever-demanding and conservative OSDM community. With an album and two EPs under their belt, Portland's death squad Witch Vomit enters second half of the year eager to prove it also deserves a prominent place in the restricted murky death circle. Starting as a two piece act, with guitarist/vocalist T.T. and drummer V.V, the band soon showed predilection for Scandinavian chainsaw aesthetics, merging it with the American style reminiscent of Autopsy or Incantation. If the first EP The Webs of Horror, with its Sunlight Studios-esque sound, clearly leans towards the European side, the full-length debut A Scream from the Tomb Below gives greater visibility to Witch Vomit's native influences, something that will last in their 2017 release Poisoned Blood, that marks the beginning of a new stage for the band, now signed to 20 Buck Spin, which also distributes PNW's acts Fetid and Cerebral Rot.

Released at the end of July, the first glimpse of the new album, "Dripping Tombs", left me genuinely excited. This track manages to bring perfectly together the fusion of styles I mentioned earlier, pushing Witch Vomit's sound to the next level. The band now seems more balanced and focused than ever before, just like a fully grown predator that hunts its prey faster and more effectively. Everything seemed to indicate that Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave would be doomed to be a triumphant effort, and in fact it didn't take long to realise that it would actually meet expectations. The opener "From Rotten Guts" burst out of the grave with all its venomous, putrid fury, spreading decaying chaos everywhere. This first killing blends the energetic OSDM murky formula of the first single, with thrash signatures reminiscent of Sodom's Agent Orange, and anything that reminds me of that Teutonic war classic, always deserves extra credit. The exploration of the bottomless tomb continues with "Despoilment", one of my favorite tracks, much due to the initial riff and Slayer-esque solo, which are among the best moments of the album. This song also has the peculiarity of ending with a quote from Carpenter's supernatural horror movie 'Prince of Darkness', transcribed in my summary. This quote also serves as a bridge to the short-lived title track which, as expected, aims to bury the listener seven feet below, a goal gruesomely fulfilled in its entirety. It's in the deep darkness that we go blindly ahead until we hit "Dead Veins," which closes with the doomest and most melodic moment of the album, reminiscent of Paradise Lost's early years. This tuneful part contrasts with the relentless "Dripping Tombs" which is easily one of the album's highlights, and probably the track that can best synthesize the band's sound in 2019. We're now grimly crawling into the final chapters of this nightmare, that ends with the instrumental "Squirming in Misery" and "Fumes of Dying Bodies", which cover our grave with the last layers of putrid mud, thus making sure we don't have a chance to crawl back up. Forever buried.

Buried Deep In A Bottomless Grave is an endless hole, dug by a band at its prime. It's focused, well produced and to the point. It manages to keep genre's early spirit alive, while adding modern old school aesthetics that makes it relevant, contemporary, and most certainly one of the most interesting death metal albums of 2019.



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TheNotrap
September 8th 2019


11802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

One of my favorite death metal albums of 2019. Great jam.



You guys can stream it here:

https://listen.20buckspin.com/album/buried-deep-in-a-bottomless-grave



First single "Dripping Tombs":

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wAHkYwDqARg



Title track:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_jsMothbp7A



Comments on the review or album are welcome. I would also like to thank sputmate Voivod for recommending me the first single.

Digging: Vitriol (USA) - To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice

DDDeftoneDDD
September 8th 2019


7067 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

My friend. This review is as brilliant and death metal as the album. Very well done. Congratulations.

This album is more than a solid 4. Just have to give it a few more spins to see if it jumps to the 4.3.

The instrumental track is really cool but somehow very similar to one of my Tomb Mold's fave tracks Gored Embrace if I'm not mistaken.

The album shows the band unlimited resources within the genre.

Digging: Chelsea Wolfe - Birth of Violence

Azog
September 8th 2019


237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm not so sure about that 4, but I do like this album. Good review. Pos'd.

DDDeftoneDDD
September 8th 2019


7067 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Needs a couple of listens and, putting it side to side with those 20 buck spin osdm year s releases, it only gets surprassed by Tomb Mold.

TheNotrap
September 8th 2019


11802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks D ;)

Yeah, album rules hard, it's all good around here, including vocals and drumming. The instrumental is my least favorite track, but it's still a nice jam.

Agreed, this and Tomb are the best 20 Buck Spin this year.



Cheers & thanks Azog

DDDeftoneDDD
September 8th 2019


7067 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Despoilment is such a cool jam. That low wipping riff at the end followed by the forementioned sample.

TheNotrap
September 8th 2019


11802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, it's one of the best tracks, the first riff and chaotic solo rule. Did you recognize the sample immediately? It took me a while to recognise it.

dwightfryed
September 8th 2019


86 Comments


planning on checking this out.

Digging: Fleetwood Mac - Mr. Wonderful

Hawks
September 8th 2019


73518 Comments


Gotta hear this.

Digging: Erang - Kingdom Of Erang

TheNotrap
September 8th 2019


11802 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

You'll like it bro, these guys have a great vibe

Hawks
September 8th 2019


73518 Comments


Def looks sick. m/

Lichtbringer
September 9th 2019


98 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was OK. Probably not something I will return to.

DDDeftoneDDD
September 9th 2019


7067 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Did you recognize the sample immediately? It took me a while to recognise it." noo man...I just thought it looked super cool lolol

Licht! Common! Don't shoot yourself just now X)



Confessed2005
September 9th 2019


4989 Comments


This looks brilliant. Another on the list to check.

alamo
September 9th 2019


1733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Buried Deep In A Bottom



8==========D

Digging: Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell

Demon of the Fall
September 9th 2019


12402 Comments


I was really hoping that was displayed on the homepage, but no it's just 'Buried Deep In A Bot', disappointing outcome. It was just too long.

Digging: Cara Neir - Part III / Part IV

DDDeftoneDDD
September 9th 2019


7067 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

LMAO how about to give this a go? (Lana's fans included)

alamo
September 9th 2019


1733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha was already jamming! this is cute

Demon of the Fall
September 9th 2019


12402 Comments


Hmm... Witch Vomit is cute? OK. I might check, now I've replied it seems silly not to I guess. However, I'm a little concerned about that heavy metal tag.

DDDeftoneDDD
September 9th 2019


7067 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

lolol forget that tag exists...pretty senseless imo

maybe its there because it is metal...and its heavy lol m/m/



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