Vitriol (USA)
To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice


4.0
excellent

Review

by TheNotrap USER (32 Reviews)
September 14th, 2019 | 50 replies


Release Date: 09/06/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Perfect storm

There are several ways to categorize extreme metal, in order to create multiple sub-genres, within genres, to comfortably place bands inside boxes and label them with nanotechnological precision. It's our way of defining styles surgically and speeding up the research process, so we don't take too long to select our meal, within a menu with a wide range of offers. Among these different style approaches, there is one that derives from the frantic, hyperactive, overwhelming speed of execution. This approach has roots in bands such as Cryptopsy, Hate Eternal, Hour of Penance, among other acts that think and perform at warp speed. When I heard the band's first singles, I instantly put Vitriol inside that supersonic niche, thinking to myself: "Damn, these guys are taking Hate Eternal's formula to another level". What struck me the most wasn't the mere speed of execution, but how this breakneck pace could work in benefit of the song and not the other way around. It became clear that I was listening to a product of its time.

Formed in 2013, with one EP and a single in hand (whose songs were all re-recorded and included here), Portland's Vitriol have a clear vision of who they are, and where they want to go. It's that kind of band that doesn't hide its influences or waste time on candy sensibilities. The whole approach is completely in-your-face, without beating about the bush. That's the feeling we get when we enter To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice and come across the killer opener "The Parting of a Neck", an F5 tornado that devastates everything in its path, as if Nergal joined forces with Erik Rutan to form the perfect storm. Portland's calamity continues its course with "Crowned in Retaliation", which kicks off expectantly, waiting for the right moment to deliver its fatal blows, either in the form of its thrilling solo or through the fiercest chunks, that hits us at overwhelming speed. This devastating cyclone will show no signs of slowing down in "Legacy of Contempt" and "I Drown Nightly", the former being the track that most resembles Hate Eternal, the latter featuring one of the album's best moments, with its powerful mid-paced riff that seems to sprout from the cross between Bloodbath and mid-'90s Morbid Angel.

We're only halfway through the album and it looks like we've already been completely trampled on, a sign that could indicate two things: either I'm getting too old for these wanderings, or the album is a steamroller. Both are correct, but I prefer to focus only on the second alternative to underline that many people may find this album exhausting and excessive, namely those who are not used to navigate within this kind of sound storm. In these cases, the best option is to listen in small doses, so as not to lose focus.

If songs like "The Rope Calls You Brother", "Victim" or "Hive Lungs" keep the F5 going, the band is also concerned about finding some balance in their delivery. "A Gentle Gift" and "Violence, the Worthy Truth" both have mid-paced moments that create this subtle balance. We never get a chance to get into the eye of the storm, but at least we start spinning inside an F4, which always gives us some relief, even if only for a short time.

It's completely crushed, with several fractured limbs, that we've come to the closing track "Pain Will Define Their Death", my favourite song from the album and probably the one that will do the most damage in the band's shows. Its main feature is its blackened approach, which sometimes reminds me of Anaal Nathrakh, and the final looping that closes the album perfectly, as if we were a moribund victim giving his last look at the storm, which is now fading on the horizon, before dying.

To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice is a perfect storm that leaves a devastating trail behind. Its massive degree of destruction will be remembered from years to come, and its story told by the surviving victims. It now remains to be seen whether the few left will have the strength, and solid shelter, to withstand the next onslaught.



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TheNotrap
September 14th 2019


12022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album is a steamroller.



Stream "I Drown Nightly" here:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=44e2ij_XE18



Stream "Crowned In Retaliation" here:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SjxJ6QdftyI



Comments on the review or album are welcome.

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DDDeftoneDDD
September 14th 2019


8097 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Daaaaamn tks a lot for reviewing this. Crazy weekend here bit will get into the rev asap!

Album is blooooooodyyy aweeesome...hear rape assault

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TheNotrap
September 14th 2019


12022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Have a great weekend, and yeah, it bloody rules

Archelirion
September 14th 2019


5869 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my favourite dm releases this year. Unrelenting but surprisingly easy to get through. Love it when tech death still makes me go 'fuck me this is heavy'

Sniff
September 14th 2019


5805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

very good

Dmax28
September 14th 2019


690 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea this has a sort of sophisticated, in control vibe while being absolutely earth shattering and pummeling. I saw an interview and it looks like writing this album took a whole lot of time. They meticulously went over everything and they even said they rewrote the entire album I believe. I haven't been in the perfect state of mind to get the most out of this yet but it will be getting a lot more of my attention. Definitely not for the weak lol.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
September 15th 2019


10391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Those solos do rip.

TheNotrap
September 15th 2019


12022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yep, I dig its frenzy vibe



"Love it when tech death still makes me go 'fuck me this is heavy"

That's one of the reasons I like this genre so much



Pikazilla
September 15th 2019


4902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Wrecks

DDDeftoneDDD
September 15th 2019


8097 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Destroys

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
September 15th 2019


10391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Plate

TheNotrap
September 15th 2019


12022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

European tour with Nile and Hate Eternal:



Sep. 15 - CZ - Brno - Melodka

Sep. 16 - D - Munich - Backstage

Sep. 17 - CH - Aarau - Kiff

Sep. 18 - D - Mannheim - MS Connection

Sep. 19 - I - Milano - Slaughter Club

Sep. 20 - I - Rome - Largo

Sep. 21 - I - San Dona di Piave - Revolver

Sep. 23 - F - [to be announced]

Sep. 24 - GB - Manchester - Club Academy

Sep. 25 - GB - Glasgow - Slay

Sep. 26 - GB - London - The Dome

Sep. 27 - B - Mons - Lotto Mons Expo Club

Sep. 28 - NL - Helmond - Cacaofabriek

Sep. 29 - D - Essen - Turock

Oct. 01 - D - Bremen - Tivoli

Oct. 02 - NL - Amstelveen - P60

Oct. 03 - D - Bad Oeynhausen - Alte Druckerei

Oct. 04 - D - Lichtenfels - Way Of Darkness Festival

Oct. 05 - D - Leipzig - Hellraiser

Oct. 06 - P - Wrocław - Zaklęte Rewiry

Hawks
September 15th 2019


73696 Comments


Gotta hear this.

Pikazilla
September 15th 2019


4902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

All about dat bass

TheNotrap
September 15th 2019


12022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The whole band's pretty tight, the guys know what they're doing.

Deathconscious
September 17th 2019


22620 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Murders

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TheNotrap
September 17th 2019


12022 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks FukkenKrist

mindleviticus
September 17th 2019


9908 Comments


this is really good

mindleviticus
September 17th 2019


9908 Comments


reminds me of that anachronism album that came out last year

Rowhaus
September 17th 2019


2745 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is two tons of fun



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