I freaking love unknown bands! There is something special when you're listening to unfamiliar material for the first time. You don't know what to expect, and it's always intriguing. Todays unknown name will be Crash Syndrom; this band is from Japan and I will write a few words about their fresh EP “Anatomical Amusements”. This 5 songs cassette was released under Obliteration rec (like their previous album as well), and it has classical gore art and song titles. It does not sound promising, does it? But wait until the noise flows from the speakers. My first impression is positive. "Anatomical Amusements" is a remarkable work of heavy ferocity and massive, tremerous riffs. This deathgrind has a lot of groovy and catchy moments, and the heaviness of this tape pleasantly irritates my ear membranes. The sound is bit messy (it's tape format, so that's okay) but massive and dynamic. I like that the bass guitar is at the front line - its grizzly sound is really crushing. Sometimes the guitar sounds cluttered with the bass and drums, but it's still good. There is one thing that I like about vocal part - Crash Syndrom are using few different kinds of vocals: old school death metal growling/screams and pitch shifted vomiting (which brings a lot of gore mood into this music). As for drums, hmmm, hard to highlight something special here, but I totally love the sound of the snare drum. During listening I was left with the thoughts that the guys are big fans of Dead Infection, Carcass, Napalm Death, Blood and other legends. For example I caught a good Carcass smell in “Process of Decay” song. In comparison with their debut album “Postmortem Solutions To Mundane Issues”, this EP is more interesting - it has more of an old grind feel, and it is much more memorable than the debut one. This is a very nice tape for fans of old death metal or for grind freaks. Rating: 8/10 Crash Syndrom bc
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