Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Skullcrush - Archaic Towers Of Annihilation

Raw Skullz Records and Redefining Darkness are rapidly becoming two of my favorite death metal labels in the world. Both have very impressive catalogs and seem to find no end of sick and twisted riffs to crack skulls with. This latest collaborative offering from the labels, Skullcrush's Archaic Towers Of Annihilation only serves to add to that legacy. It is a clear step forward from the bands masterful 2018 EP, Visions Of The Firestorm Eclipse and hints at so much more to come for these riff merchants.

Even from the opening drum salvo of 'Dawn Of Sin And Everlasting Torture' it is fairly clear that Skullcrush are here to well... crush your skull. This is a band who trade on guitar tone, capturing the new wave of OSDM aesthetic so nicely defined by acts like Gatecreeper and Vastum. The circle pit inspiring madness of these songs and their byzantine song structures serves to create a devastating offering. There is a sense of fun here too that I think can't be ignored. You can practically see the guitarists throwing shapes with the hard rocking riffage on a Foretoken Punishment, it's simply addictive!

This is a record that understands the breadth of the death metal genre. Even the interlude track, 'Halting The Ascension Of Corroded Light' is tastefully put together. While usually the group goes for raw death metal brutality at times they can turn around and unleash something a little more sick and twisted. Archaic Towers Of Annihilation is simply a fun listen that brings the stomp and is unafraid to go for the gut plain and simple. This is a band who nicely distill the magic of death metal and will twist your neck while doing it.

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