Prepare to be Crushed by the Pincers of this Warcrab!
Warcrab is a band coming from Plymouth, Devon (England). They’ve been crushing ears and souls since their formation in 2011. As of today, the and consists of: Martyn Grant (vocals), Geoff Holmes (lead guitars), Paul “Budgie” Garbett (guitars), Leigh Jones (guitars), Dave “Guppy” Simmonds (bass) and Rich Parker (drums).
They have three releases so far, “Warcrab” (2012), “Ashes Of Carnage” (2014) and “Scars Of Aeons” (2016), all of them recorded with their former vocalist Kane Nelson. Their new album demonstrates that they have evolved; it is a band with more strength, which has consolidated their somber atmosphere and crushing tone within the realms of the extreme scene.
How is the sound ?
The album starts with “Conquest”; in this song the drums creates an hypnotic rhythm that serves as a preamble for the upcoming 3 guitars attack. The other highlights are the versatile vocals by ex-member Nelson and the closing guitar solo.
Second song, “Destroyer Of Worlds”, probably is the heaviest one of the album, it’s a very slow one and benefits from some crushing down-tuned riffs.
“In The Shadows Of Grief” it’s the closest one to the classic English Death Metal scene, reminding me of classic bands from the country like Benediction, Bolt Thrower, Cancer and Warlord UK (just to name a few).
“Bury Me Before I’m Born” starts with a strong and down-tuned riff, the lyrics (and the video accompanying the song) are very realistic and somber, they focused on a very sensitive social issue like abortion and how unborn children are affected by substances abuse.
The album closes with the title track “Scars Of Aeons”. It is a good example of the band influences: the aggressiveness of Death Metal, the muddy and down-tuned riffs of Sludge/Doom Metal. With its dramatic atmosphere, the song is the perfect closer for this fantastic album.
You can tell the band has become better and better with each release, after listening to “Scars Of Aeons” I can only say I’m desperate to hear more new tunes from them.
Why is this album worth listening ?
- Crushing and relentless, the perfect combination of Death Metal’s aggressiveness and Sludge/Doom Metal heaviness.
- A good example of a band that is in continuous improvement.
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
- Live! It will be the perfect excuse to attend your local venue, drink a few beers and have an magnificent headbanging session.
- With a good pair of headphones to fully appreciate the multiple layers created by the 3 guitars and the groove of the bass.
Something particular to note ?
Transcending Obscurity Records released a nice CD edition of the album. If you still considered this the best physical format (like myself) and want to support the band and their label, don’t hesitate to grab a copy.
Scars Of Aeons
For Fans Of
Asphyx, Crowbar, Eyehategod, Coffins, Decrepitaph, Acid Witch
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