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Tombs | ‘The Grand Annihiliation’

Tombs are an excellent halfway meeting-point for those getting into modern Extreme Metal and those that already listen to it.

While the Brooklyn-based band could more or less be described as Blackened Death Metal, there are so many other influences that that description alone wouldn’t do them justice.

As in previous releases, there is plenty here for even fans of Gothic Rock and Metal to enjoy, as vocalist/guitarist Mike Hill solemnly croons through the ringing notes of ‘Underneath’, as well as the ominous ‘Walk With Me in Nightmares’ leading into ‘Saturnalian’.


Hill appears to have grown in confidence with his clean vocals, as he uses this gothic style much more often than usual. He’s excellent all the way through this release and highly diverse, also ranging through a wide variety of screaming and growling techniques.

There’s a great sense of melody in every track that is reminiscent of Dissection, with one key difference being that the guitars sound very warm and thick in direct opposition to the Dissection’s frost-covered tones.

Whilst the drumming may sound simplistic on an initial listen, there are some subtle off-time beats used sparingly to good effect, most notable during the breakdown of ‘Way of The Storm’. It’s not mind-bogglingly complex by any means, but it rests easy with the rest of the track.

You can really tell just how great all of the tracks from this album would be to see played live as the sound production already has a very live and organic feel to it.

‘The Great Annihilation’ is very much an above average release with a lot of replay value, and will appeal to a broad range of Metal listeners. At under 50 minutes, it’s also very digestible with absolutely no filler included.

It’s not a groundbreaking album within its subgenre by any means, but it has more than enough to stand on its own merits despite its obvious influences. It’s exactly how old school Metal should sound in the modern era.

If, above all else, you like your Metal dark, angry and gloomy, this is well worth your time.

3.9 / 5 – Ricardo Angelone ::: 06/08/17

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