Caustic Wound
Death Posture


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR (62 Reviews)
April 15th, 2020 | 96 replies


Release Date: 04/01/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: At the crossroads of death

Cavernous old-school death metal, reminiscent of New Jersey's filthy Incantation, has been one of the most prolific and interesting sub-genres in recent years. Bands such as Spectral Voice, Tomb Mold or Phrenelith have successfully captured the attention of a rather specific niche of metallers starved for old-school aesthetics that eludes the most technical and polished contemporary canons. Within this obscure roster are also Seattle's Mortiferum whose 2019 debut Disgorged from Psychotic Depths was amongst last year's best death metal releases. It came as a surprise to me when I recently discovered that bassist Tony Wolfe and guitarists Chase Slaker and Max Bowman shared a side grind project named Caustic Wound, also featuring Clyle Lindstrom of Cerebral Rot and drummer Casey Moore. Their 2018 demo Grinding Terror had already revealed the band's signature, which blends death metal's filthiness with early grind, reminiscent of bands such as Napalm Death (Mentally Murdered era), Repulsion or Terrorizer. As you might expect, this toxic cocktail could only result in a hybrid creature, which I'd like to call cavernous grind, or cavern grind, if you prefer.

As we move through Death Posture's Hell Awaits-esque intro and subsequent blast beat wrath, we're immediately thrown into the late 1980s, early 1990s, somewhere between Onward to Golgotha and World Downfall. Although this fusion sounds somewhat familiar, Caustic Wound manages to balance the two sides of the scale magnificently, building an extremely cohesive and effective narrative. The formula is constant in all tracks. Blast beats collide with doom or mid-paced sections to produce dynamic structures, yet always confined to a previously well-defined spectrum. We never feel lost between hermetic aesthetics or more comprehensive and surrealistic deliveries, everything in Death Posture is straightforward and to the point. This minimalist simplicity is the band's DNA and the album's most attractive aspect. Given Death Posture's uniformity, it's rather challenging to highlight any particular moment, however the title track, 'Ritual Trappings', 'Cataclysmic Gigaton' or 'Guillotine' are definitely among those that mirror greater quality and cohesion. This homogeneity, seen as stylistic coherence by some, can however be perceived as a weaker link by others, who may find Death Posture somewhat monochromatic, lacking some three-dimensionality. Your stand on the barricade will always depend on what you hope to hear at this crossroads and whether or not you will be permeable to the band's more straightforward attitude. Musically, Caustic Wound are fully tuned. Clyle Lindstrom's vocals deliver the appropriate degree of filth through deep gutturals that occasionally evolve into multi-layered signatures. The rhythm section is also rock solid, properly supporting the symbiotic deadly riffs that continually emerge.

Death Posture stands at the crossroads of two nearby paths with an identity of their own. It's a deadly embrace between two extreme metal genres that have seldom been able to intertwine in such a homogeneous way. And I will be around, at the same crossroads, patiently waiting for the next caustic wound.




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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2020


14447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great cavern grind, and the demo is also interesting.



Full stream:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWBxRYUNy9c

http://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/death-posture

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parksungjoon
April 15th 2020


21128 Comments


yea this is quite good indeed

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parksungjoon
April 15th 2020


21128 Comments


and so is the review but that doesnt surprise anyone

hard pos ov filth

cavern grind, never thought of it before... never needed something so badly!

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2020


14447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks parksungjoon



Yeah, this is good stuff. I really dig the way the blend grind with OSDM

AsleepInTheBack
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2020


6501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hecking good review.

DDDeftoneDDD
April 15th 2020


12517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wiill jaaam diiiis

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oltnabrick
April 15th 2020


39540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love this so much... possibly aoty rn

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DDDeftoneDDD
April 15th 2020


12517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Now we have 4 remarkable quality stamps in one page. Tomorrow listen is mandatory.

brainmelter
April 15th 2020


7084 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea this rules hrad pos’d

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2020


14447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks guys



I think you'll love it D.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2020


26770 Comments


Nice review! I bookmarked this on Bandcamp but never checked out. Glad to see it's well received though, I will definitely listen now.

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2020


14447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Cheers & thanks Spirit

Titan
April 15th 2020


20851 Comments


Great review bro. Im not familiar with these guys, but a great read nonetheless.

zaruyache
April 15th 2020


22592 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

def cheq spirit it rules. this and Warp Chamber were my discoveries of the week.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2020


14447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Titan bro, if you love Incantation and early grind, give it a spin

Titan
April 15th 2020


20851 Comments


I will check it out now that I've upgraded to Spotify PREMIUM baby

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2020


14447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Hahah that's a life changer, trust me

parksungjoon
April 15th 2020


21128 Comments


"this and Warp Chamber were my discoveries of the week."

hell yea bro!

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
April 15th 2020


14447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I gotta give Warp Chamber another spin, it didn't grab me as much as you guys

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
April 16th 2020


12699 Comments


Really great review NoTrap, you've name dropped a lot of acts that had my attention last year so I'll add this to my list too.



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