The Pitch: From Portland, Oregon Vitriol prepares the release of Pain Will Define Their Death, "a recording that will establish this band as one of the most thrilling new prospects in extreme metal," influenced by the eclectic likes of Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, Nile, Xasthur and Deathspell Omega.
What I Like: HEAVY album. This has the blunt force of bands like Left Behind and Sunlight's Bane, combining the most crushing elements of death metal, black metal, grind, and hardcore. I definitely hear the Morbid Angel influence on the vox, though the increasingly circuitous riffage takes them to a different level of twisted insanity. Perhaps frontman Rasmussen sums their sound up best saying, "Violence is the element that will always be found in any Vitriol song. Trivializing the human experience and shining a light on its frailty and natural cowardice. Vitriol isn't so much about being above those things, just acknowledging them, detesting them, and punishing them. Sometimes even in myself." The loud and abrasive sound of the record comes as even less of a surprise with the knowledge that it was recorded with the help of Derek Leisy at Audiosiege (Obituary, Full of Hell), and mixed by Taylor Young (Nails, Xibalba). The result, as with these other bands, is something that need not be picked apart and defined by individual elements. Pain Will Define Their Death is simply a sledgehammer to the face. 'Nuff said.
Critiques: There are plenty of sledgehammers out there, if you get my drift. Even so, this one is swung with the force of Leatherface, not some mere mortal.
The Verdict: Pain Will Define Their Death will leave you on all fours picking your teeth up from the ground. With just 3 songs, Vitriol have truly maxed out the potential for impact. Expect nothing less than complete subjugation. Watch for the full stream HERE.
Flight's Fav's: Pain Will Define Their Death, Violence, a Worthy Truth
-Review by FlightOfIcarus
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