Genre: Black Metal
Label: Moribund Records
It kind of sucks that I gave a 10/10 to Away From The Haunts Of Man. I mean, I don’t regret it on a journalistic level. Just a personal level since there is no way in Hell that Thrall is going to be able to top themselves. It doesn’t matter fucking awesome Vermin To The Earth is, I don’t see it being better than their 2010 release.
…and this is the part where you expect me to say something like, “Welp, looks like I was wrong derpa-derp!” Well, this time I was serious. Vermin To The Earth remains in the shadow of it’s older brother Away From The Haunts Of Man.
…ha! But only by ::holds fingers incredibly close together without them touching:: thiiiiiiiiis much! Thrall’s 2011 outing is surprisingly phenomenal! I say surprisingly since I honestly thought that, like most fresh acts nowadays, Thrall was going to fizzle out immediately. I’ve said it once before and I’m sure I’ll say it a bunch more, I love it when I’m wrong!
Thrall comes at ya with an all out doom en-”crusted”, black metal barrage! Keeping the patent fresh on their exclusive brand of whip smart riffing, songs like Disease’s Maiming Carcass and Plague Of Man are filled to the brim with “Whoa! Lemme hear that one again!” moments. Vocally, Thrall is where they were last year, so there’s no need to repeat how awesome these vocals are… d’oh! Lyrically, what do you expect? Evil shit about how awful humanity is and the like? Yeah, it’s all here and it’s all put in a way that makes me hate myself…
The only thing I’m going to waste your time with here would be the awkward pacing and jerky tempo changes. I mean, these are those “Look what I can do!” nerd-tech, mathcore tempo switches or anything. In face, I can’t even tell if they were done on purpose or not. What I do know is that they break the fluidity that I enjoy in my metal. I frown at this.
Overall: Other than the oddly placed tempo changes that break the flow, Vermin To The Earth knocks it out of the park once again. I told you in my last review to keep your eye on these guys. (F.Y.I. – I also love it when I’m right.)