Among the myriads of projects/bands Lasse Pyykkö churned out like crazy in between 2006 and 2010, CLAWS always hold a special place. For starter, just like HOODED MENACE early days, this was one ‘true’ solo project in the purest sense of the term, Pyykkö handling not only all instruments but wrote all the music for it and recorded the whole thing in his own studio. And right from the start, that would be August of 2008 for you maniacs, CLAWS’ mission was all too clear: a death metal band highly influenced by the cult early 90’s Swedish act CREMATORY as well as other rotting and cryptic sounding bands such as DERKETA, NIHILIST and INCANTATION, basically the darkest and rawest form of death metal possible in a nutshell!
Fans of said ‘golden age’ and HOODED MENACE will salivate over those nine songs of cryptic darkness with themes of decaying terror, cobwebbed mausoleums, shambling zombies, demonic ghosts, forgotten cemeteries, and morbid creatures not of this Earth! Even if an EP and one split with GRAVE WAX followed, its only full-length ‘Absorbed In The Netherworlds’ remains the band’s highlight.
Death Metal was meant to stay underground and this is what CLAWS is all about. What lies beneath is where Death Metal TRULY lives!
released April 18, 2013
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