ZOMBIEFICATION – or more specifically, its core duo of Mr Hitchcock on vocals and Mr Jacko also in MAJESTIC DOWNFALL on guitars and bass – are back and while they’re still following the same (left hand) path initially carved by their debut ‘Midnight Stench’ as far back as in 2010, they’ve once again decided to take step away from the rest of the cattle and do their own thing. Yes, the original goal was to pay homage to the early SweDeath gods, but after their second album (‘At the Caves of Eternal’), it was clear that rehashing what DISMEMBER and ENTOMBED had done over a decade ago wasn’t satisfying enough for those restless minds always on the outlook for new and more arcane ways of describing the growing darkness around us.
Four years after their last album, and three since their last release (a split EP with REVEL IN FLESH), they’re finally back with ‘Below the Grief’, one beast of an album and probably, by far, their darkest and most evil-sounding yet. They’ve incorporated even more black metal influences yet have adorned it with a twisted and truly unique sense of melody. Staccato riffing has booted the few D-beat parts they had left out, resulting in a more majestic and dissonant ceremony. Still there is plenty of brutality at display here, ZOMBIEFICATION have always been about creating a suffocating and occult atmosphere. No wonder this more subtle and complex work asks you to look ‘below the grief’ to find what truly lies within our blackened hearts. And behold…
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Less sludge and more death metal, anchored in a progressive metal framework, with even more hilarious lyrics about slugs than ever before, what we have on Esoteric Malacology is Slugdge at the peak of their songwriting powers. Is this gimmicky? Sure it is, but much like Nekrogoblikon play amazing melodic death metal with a fixation on goblins and bears, Slugdge do the same here with an angrier, progressive death metal lens to express the joys as well as sorrows of the world of slugs. Heavy as hell, quite varied from song to song, and full of compelling riff craft and surprises, do not sleep on this one. Ippocalyptica
A corrosive mix of death, doom, psychedelia, and black metal, the Portland quartet’s debut full-length is a bona fide underground monolith that shapeshifts with each listen, all while maintaining its essential heaviness. Bandcamp Album of the Day Feb 1, 2019