There are many things to love about metal music as I’m sure we all know, but, easily, one of my favorite things has to simply be how diverse the style is. Some could say that’s a criticism but I find it absolutely fantastic that the genre has so many different sounds to it that there is quite literally something for everyone in every capacity. And in today’s climate, we see bands bringing together styles that we haven’t seen collide before often either because people don’t think they’d sound good together or it simply hasn’t been thought of. It’s been years since I’ve seen the combination of death metal and sludge brought together to produce a style that’s as venomous as it is constantly crushing. And that was the last Warcrab! It’s been two years since we last heard from these warriors but it’s in that short of time that they’ve honed their crafted to morph it into a sound that’s so much deadlier than its predecessor and, thus, much more satisfying.
I remember first thinking about the implications of merging the realms of death and sludge metal into one sound and thinking it was brilliant while also wondering why it’s not done more often. Sludge is typically paired with doom simply because they’re a perfect match for heaviness unbound, but it’s with death that sludge can bloom just as well and Warcrab has created yet another example of such exemplary power with “Damned in Endless Night”. Truly, everything about this album breathes power and exudes a presence that is crushing in every single moment even as Warcrab has the knowledge to pull back in the most opportune moment to come back with reinvigorating force that’s all but immensely satisfying.
“Damned in Endless Night” is absolutely wreathed in meticulous onslaughts that are all brought to the table in exquisite mastery from the occasional riff that could boil blood to the long droves of heaviness that could glass back into sand instantly to the unorthodox rhythms that are all but entrancing as you wouldn’t normally expect something like those to adorn a record in this vein of extreme music. It all comes together with such ease and intention as you can tell Warcrab clearly understand the styles with which they’re crafting and it’s evident by just the second track that they’re masters of this uncommon combination of styles that makes for an experience that feels just as unique as it does oddly familiar while also showing us that even still the sonic boundaries of metal aren’t fully mapped with there being so much potential to be had. I couldn’t have asked for anything better than “Damned In Endless Night” as it’s the epitome of calculated heaviness coupled with immaculate musicianship that knows right where to hit each and every time.
There’s no fucking dancing around it, “Damned In Endless Night” is a true tour de force of a sadly uncommon sound that is absolutely ripe for exploration, and I honestly could never have asked for a better pioneer of such evisceration than Warcrab. And I have to be honest with you – I wasn’t expecting to be this invested in this album. I knew Warcrab had power and I knew they had talent with their last piece, but it’s in every possible moment of “Damned In Endless Night” that they’ve capitalized on it and expanded upon that in such a way that I can easily see this becoming one of my favorite albums from 2019. It’s a devastating listen that’s nothing short of extraordinary.
“Damned In Endless Night” releases on August 30th via Transcending Obscurity Records!
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