The Pitch: Crawling from the gutters of Perth, Western Australia in 2014, Unravel exhume the brutally-primal sledge hammer of old school death metal and ravage it with the violent, political consciousness of grindcore and hardcore punk to sonically smack the heck out of punters in their path. FFO: Napalm Death, Lock Up, Pig Destroyer
What I Like: Nothing to see here folks. Just some good old fashioned deathgrind. Unravel's Eras of Forfeit is 23 minutes of aggressive, confrontational ear-assault. Like any good grind record, it's fast and utterly abrasive. If I could sum up most people's response to PC culture in music form, it would be with an album like this. The only intersectionality with which Unravel seems to be interested is our shared punishment at the hands of their dissonant distortion, sickening death vocals, and pummeling blastbeats. What we all have in common is our capacity for violence and an inner ugliness that we attempt to mask with moral high ground. Eras of Forfeit yanks the soapbox out from under us all and forces our faces back into the dirt from whence we came.
Critiques: With all of the modern spin on this genre from Wormed to Full Of Hell, Unravel can sound a little underwhelming in comparison. To be fair, I think that these guys just wanted to take things back to basics.
The Verdict: Eras Of Forfeit of is the perfect treat for those wanting some no-frills, old school deathgrind in the vein of Lock Up. You won't find much in the way of surprises, but don't expect to keep all of your bones intact either.
Flight's Fav's: No Validation For Violation, Carcinogenesis, Mortals' Thirst
-Review by FlightOfIcarus
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