Review: Shambles – Primitive Death Trance

Posted: April 25, 2018 in Reviews
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Thai death metallers Shambles first appeared on my radar at the end of 2016 with their terrifying ‘Realm of Darkness Shrine’ full length (reviewed here), and now they have vomited forth more aural devastation in the form of their new record, ‘Primitive Death Trance’. Released in February on Blood Harvest, it is four more tracks of cacophonous carnage.

Opener ‘Daemon’ crawls forth from the sewage with a lumbering, sludgey evilness before kicking it up a gear. Layering the devastation with absolutely morbid vocals, Shambles are unbearably heavy and disgusting. Their music is about as DEATH/DOOM as there can be, rumbling primitive riffs and inhuman growls. ‘Dismal Pantheons’ is a wind tunnel of shambling, Autopsy worshipping, churning misery. Just when you feel that the riffs are scraping the bottom of the abyssal depths, they go deeper. This is the kind of metal that is birthed in the deepest recesses of the earth, where frothing magma meets the inexorable pressure of the ocean.

‘Primitive Death Trance’ is the kind of music that can define a genre. You won’t hear much this year that is heavier, more crushingly doom nor something that is so virulently savage and violent. This is no illusion of the void, you are staring directly into the black abyss and you are hearing the voices on what lies beneath. Unbelievably great stuff here, cannot recommend it enough.


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