Longtime readers know that I've been following the career of the UK's Warcrab for years now. This stunning sludge death unit has always prided themselves on a sound reminiscent of bands like Bolt Thrower and Soilent Green. Their slowed down vibes and powerful songwriting comes to the fore with their latest offering, Scars Of Aeons. A band who kicked it for a long time at the underground level, it finally feels like the guys are getting their due and pushing for a far brighter future as lords of the genre.
It's easy to get lost in what the band does here. Primal riffs are accentuated with potent melodic guitars. Devastating death growls are laid overtop of potent drums. While the group is still at times definitely struggling with lifting themselves above the morass of local scenes and growing their sound to a truly top level. While Scars Of Aeons is certainly miles above anything the band has done in the past there are times where I wonder if Warcrab are quite ready for the big time. What I can say though is that there is something totally punishing about this band that you can't help but to end up enamored with.
Warcrab is one of those bands who could represent an exciting future for a struggling UK metal scene. When they are on top of it they are truly on top of it, and their logo can't help but to be badass. They are a band who are clearly pushing as hard as they can to develop something transcendent. The guitars on a track like Destroyer Of Worlds communicate a sort of Crowbar-esque potency that simply can not be ignored. Warcrab understand what it takes to get to the top - and I think they just might make it.
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