SAVAGIST – INVISIBLE BIRTH OF DEATH

“They might be rooted in sludge metal, but the will to experiment outside the framework with black metal, thrash metal, borderline noise-rock while flirting with other sounds as well, Savagist emerge as trendkillers, destroying elegance and bringing danger back into metal songwriting!”

GENRE: Sludge Metal
LABEL: Deathbound Records
RUNNING TIME: 32:57
COUNTRY: USA
YEAR: 2016
LINK: Savagist

TRACKLIST:

  1. Remove Brains For Tanning
  2. Nourishment For Larval
  3. Fangs That Drip Venom
  4. Invisible Birth Of Death
  5. Trembling Earth
  6. Rabid Decomposer
  7. Black And Endless

REVIEW: Somehow, it’s become a sport to make genre-tags attractive. You stop at “dreamthrash” and “transcendental black metal” and think well isn’t that cute. Enter Georgia’s Savagist. The band signed to Canada’s premier underground label Deathbound Records early this year and immediately released the musically grisly and lyrically intellectual “Invisible Birth Of Death”.

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The Invisible Birth Of Death – Artwork credit: Terry Rowlett

Sometimes your ears need a good spanking, this record will do the job nicely. Described as “sludge metal”, you know it’s going to be ugly and raw at a slow pace. The first two adjectives fit sure, but this band takes sludge into places with higher intensity and experiment, almost to the point where it’s falling apart and you’re left guessing what’s going to happen next. I get excited as I go through the rampant songwriting that’s planted into each track on this album.

Opener “Remove Brains For Tanning” frantically marauds the senses with its hyper-grooved drumming, harsh barking vox and fuzzy, jarring riff attacks reminiscent of Mastodon’s “Remission” album. “Nourishment For Larval” peaks with darker results and the two-minute discharge of “Fangs That Drip Venom” catapults itself with lethal speeds and shades of black metal guitar playing, such unbridled creative aggression that’s two steps away from becoming out of hand but somehow is being mastered.

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Savagist

The raw energy of this record is undeniable. The band does introduce a few calmer passages ala Neurosis, leaving the excessive greasy distortion behind as displayed at the entrance of the title track, which is also the album’s longest track, clocking in at over seven minutes.

They might be rooted in sludge metal, but the will to experiment outside the framework with black metal, thrash metal, borderline noise-rock while flirting with other sounds as well, Savagist emerge as trendkillers, destroying elegance and bringing danger back into metal songwriting!

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