Of Feather and Bone
Sulfuric Disintegration


3.5
great

Review

by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR (79 Reviews)
November 13th, 2020 | 31 replies


Release Date: 11/13/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Genetic mutation: COMPLETE

Although not very frequent, stylistic mutation sometimes happens in extreme music. Wake are one of the most recent examples, but unlike the Canadians, who have evolved from a grind signature to a more blackened hybrid style, Colorado's power-trio Of Feather and Bone have shifted from their hardcore/grind roots to old school death metal. The reason for this change of direction differs in each case, yet the inherent willingness to explore new territories thus avoiding any creative stagnation is surely a plausible reason. Although their early hardcore-ish releases should not be ignored, they didn't thrill me enough, unlike the later Bestial Hymns of Perversion, which marked the band's transition into death metal territories. What pleased me most about the album was its sinister cavernous atmosphere and its ferocity, reminiscent of the band's grindcore roots. Its muddy production was also a factor that accentuated the band's migration to another stylistic spectrum, something that would change slightly in Sulfuric Disintegration that presents a more visceral sound, enhancing a somewhat cleaner and more straightforward approach.

This less atmospheric focus was the first thing that struck me when I peeked at the first singles. Despite not being a break with the recent past, it seems clear to me that the band enters the new decade wanting to avoid some kind of Bestial Hymns of Perversion 2.0. While its predecessor favored a sinister ambiance, Sulfuric Disintegration has a more orthodox feel, closer to bands like Funebrarum. 'Regurgitated Communion', 'Noctemnania', or 'Consecrated and Consumed' mirror that proximity. I would even say that Daryl Kahan's vocal dynamics are an inspiration that can be felt throughout the album. There's a strong connection between tracks, particularly the choruses, that bear some similarity to each other as if they were all conceived in the same time frame. This close relationship lends the album a solid consistency but also deprives it of greater diversity. The vicious 'Sulfuric Sodomy (Disintegration of Christ)' is a good example of the familiarity between tracks, as it presents some bridges with the previously mentioned songs, namely in the vocal dynamics. This track, together with 'Baptized in Boiling Phlegm', also has the particularity of adding some grind ingredients into the band's current death metal formula. The blending of these two aesthetics is among the strengths of Sulfuric Disintegration, being representative of Of Feather and Bone's present DNA.

One of the novelties of Sulfuric Disintegration are the brief chaotic solos on some tracks, which enhance the album's more conventional look and feel, taking it further away from the band's early hardcore roots. As a matter of fact, if we compare the first two EPs and the full-length debut with Sulfuric Disintegration it seems like we're dealing with two entirely different bands. This gap doesn't bother me, on the contrary, I find their present style significantly more interesting, however, if the lads had kept the sinister muddy layer of the previous release they would have managed to produce more contrasts, thus avoiding the monochrome present in Sulfuric Disintegration. Because, despite its short duration, the album sometimes seems to go in circles, orbiting too close to the same idea, without being able to progress to a wider spectrum. Arthur Rizk's production, somewhat flat and messy, could also have created a greater distance between instruments, thus ensuring the suitable background in which the band could express itself in all its amplitude.

Sulfuric Disintegration isn't exactly a step forward, but rather a clarifying moment that strengthens the genetic mutation that occurred in the previous album. Despite believing that the band can definitely do better, both in terms of intensity and atmosphere, I cannot ignore the intrinsic qualities of Sulfuric Disintegration, which as well as being a solid addition to the band's discography, solidifies Of Feather and Bone as one of the best acts in the contemporary American death metal scene.



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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2020


15313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice jam.

Full stream: http://youtu.be/h-oE7YO5PM8

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combustion07
November 13th 2020


7324 Comments


Good review man. Loving that album cover. Definitely gonna give it a listen at work later on

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DDDeftoneDDD
November 13th 2020


14596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Ayyye! Checking in



great cover!





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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2020


8937 Comments


I remember digging the singles, will surely listen to the whole thing now that's streaming.

Album stream:
http://offeatherandbone666.bandcamp.com/album/sulfuric-disintegration

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2020


15313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the Bandcamp link mate.

Your new avatar reminds me of Frank Miller. Cool stuff.



Thanks combustion.



Looking forward to your thoughts D ;)

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2020


8937 Comments


Your new avatar reminds me of Frank Miller. Cool stuff.

It's a tribute to Ved Buens Ende :-)

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2020


15313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

One of these days I'll have to check those guys.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2020


27221 Comments


Nice. I was listening to a bit of this earlier. Going to really get into it this weekend.

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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
November 13th 2020


15313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have my weekend booked for Akhlys ;)

What a jam.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
November 13th 2020


20165 Comments


saw these guys live. they weren't very good lmao.

standard, boring caverncore typical of profound lore tbh.

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2020


22315 Comments


Work's been burying me and I'm falling behind on releases dammit. This one's added!

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2020


22315 Comments


Ok this is fucking wild, not much variation but holy shit

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2020


15313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, it could be more varied, but the lads make up for it through their relentless approach.

combustion07
November 14th 2020


7324 Comments


Definitely digging it so far! Not sure how the replay value will be though

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2020


15313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice! I would say it has a reasonable replay value, even if it doesn't hold many secrets due to its more direct nature.

AxeToFall93
November 15th 2020


249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album slays.

necropig
November 18th 2020


6117 Comments


thicc

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trilo
November 19th 2020


3552 Comments


sounds like a solid 3.5. i'm for it m/

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DDDeftoneDDD
November 19th 2020


14596 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

uuuufffff it starts with plain badassery and I don't think nothing is going to change---

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2020


15313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, it's relentless badassery from start to finish



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