Stormcrow - Enslaved In Darkness
Oakland's Stormcrow keep it crusty and heavy throughout this
five song EP. Tight and brutal, "Enslaved in Darkness" is brief but leaves a
lot of collateral damage in its wake.
The title track and opener is as determined and sludgy as it
gets; this has to be what muck and mire would sound like if wet dirt could talk."Anguished
Existence" and "Unwilling to Forgive" thickly lay on the noise and grit,
managing to be fast and deliberate at once. While "Baleful Conception" is a bit
odd and out of place, given its nu metal touches, "New Messiah" is a blend that
works, with a stew of crust and doom.
Stormcrow, made up of Cali crust scenesters such as members
of Brainoil, pack all their well-honed chops into a growling bludgeoning jam
never stops. While "Enslaved in Darkness" shows a band that hits and misses
when attempting to think outside the crust, it also shows that Stormcrow are
not afraid to peel back their sound and dig for new ways to pound you into the
sand. This is at heart a heavy relentless crust record that breaks no new
ground, except where it has shattered the concrete with their barbaric yawp.
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