Monday, 27 June 2016

CANCEROUS WOMB - IT CAME TO THIS EP (REVIEW BY BRETT BAKER)


Since their release of Born of a Cancerous Womb in 2014, the band have quite obviously been flexing their creative muscles. Due to be released this July, It Came To This contains all the grinding death metal sensibilities you'd expect from Cancerous Womb. But there appears to be a few added extras thrown into the mix. It seems that over the past two years the Scot super-posse, featuring members of Crepitation and Narayana, have adopted a no-holds-barred attitude towards their sound. If there was ever a box to stick a band in, this lot definitely aren't in it. In fact, they're a a hundred feet away in the opposite direction, armed with four tracks of utter sonic mayhem. Locked, loaded and ready to blow the thing to pieces. If you're the kind of fan who likes their listening material strictly genre specific, then this probably won't be a release for you. It is impossible to put your finger on where the record will turn to next. Old school death metal grooves bend into angular, disjointed, attacks of angular noise. Side to side hardcore stompers give birth to raw grind frenzies in the blink of an eye. All in all resulting in a tightly packed ticking time bomb of manic listening.

Opening track "The Shrieking Of Idiots" is the most reminiscent of the bands early works. With insane amounts of groove, grim tremolo sections and frantic guitar work. Proving that the grindcore inspired approach to death metal, that won the four piece so many fans in the first place, is still alive and well. But, whoever said, “Start as you mean to go on.”, clearly forgot to mention it to these lads. The following track Formless is exactly as it's namesake suggests. A mind bending, ear melting, warped audio maelstrom. All tightly wrapped up into just under one minute. If you can imagine the sound of a fist fight between Miles Davis, Terrorizer and a tribe of rabid chimpanzees, you may be close. Isolation Frenzy takes it back to where The Shrieking Of Idols left off. Forming an amalgamation of raw grind abrasiveness and the occasional urgent, yet fluid, math-rock guitar runs. If the past three tracks are anything to go by, the band clearly have a few Napalm Death records in their collection. Just to make things clear though, a sickeningly heavy cover of When All Is Said And Done closes the EP. It's always risky business covering such a revered cult classic, but Cancerous Womb pull it off flawlessly. Retaining all it's original violent fervency but with their unique twist.

Whilst every riff, drum groove or vocal pattern may not stand out as instantly memorable, it doesn't seem to matter all that much. It's the way in which they are dynamically spliced together that draws the listener in. The unpredictable nature of each track is what makes this record come alive. Whilst there may be some feathers rustled amongst label obsessed pigeon-holing purists, one thing is for certain. It Came To This is cued to be one of the most talked about releases of the summer. Regardless of the fact that they've been active for almost a decade, the band continue to push their boundaries whilst growing from strength to strength. If your mouth isn't already watering at the thought of another Cancerous Womb full-length, a taste of this EP will definitely do the trick.

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