Blood of the Beasts

Oct. 3, 2019


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The Pitch: The new album from hardcore collective SECT, featuring members of Cursed, Earth Crisis, The Path Of Resistance, Day Of Suffering, Racetraitor, The Damned Things and more, recorded by Kurt Ballou with distro via Southern Lord.

What I Like: Ya'll know that I have a hardon for anything with Kurt's name attached to it, and if you're familiar with any of the bands on this roster you pretty much know what to expect. In other words, Blood Of The Beasts is a no holds barred rager, nothing more, nothing less. Channeling everything from Darkest Hour's "Knife In The Safe Room" to the sludgy, blackened world of Mantar, SECT deliver abysmal waste and acerbid bile of all shapes and sizes. It's towering walls of buzzing HM2 distortion, utterly annihilating D-beats, and a vocal delivery more bitter than a broken man signing the divorce papers.

Critiques: It's on the short side, although this somewhat works to it's benefit. I think the bigger complaint is that I expect an album under 20 minutes to be pretty much perfection. Despite the energy, many of these tracks feel a little stale.

The Verdict: Blood Of The Beasts is a big, dumb mosh fest; equal parts crust, sludge, and Entombed-core. "ten reflections on the myth of progress, the new old tribalism, the single face of all subjugations, the broken promise of automation, love, loss and obsolescence, set against the dying light of a better tomorrow."

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- Review by FlightOfIcarus

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