|Vore - 'Gravehammer' (AFM Records)|
|Written by Rob Watkins|
|Thursday, 26 July 2012 04:00|
Vore have been cranking out their rather unique blend of crushing, doom-laden death metal since 1994, drawing upon death, thrash and traditional metal influences to create an onslaught of heaviness, the band consisting of guitarist/vocalist Page Townsley, drummer Remy Cameron and bassist Jeremy Partin.
Opening cut 'The Cruelest Construct' knocks the door down rather then opens it to start the opus with an early death metal influence pretty much self evident thanks to the venomous growls courtesy of Townsley. This is all held inside an overpowering thunderous guitar riff that slays from the offset. Up next 'The Unseen Hand' is built around a pummeling drumbeat but it's the caustic riffage that gives the song its strength. The quaintly titled 'Doomwhore' offers a riff that has the mind wandering back to the 80's and the birth of death/thrash metal and there's definitely no taking prisoners with these guys, this is the stuff AOR fans nightmares are made of
'Uroboros'mellows things out a bit with an acoustic gothic shortened snippet that leads us into the introduction to the album's title track 'Gravehammer'. The arrangements are all well structured and irrelevant of whatever is going on inside the track it's the savage guitar assault that rules the musical kingdom of Vore, and as previously mentioned it's Townsley who's also responsible for vocal sting battering my ears into submission. From this the darkened demonic trio and their musical slaying moves onwards with 'The Claw Is The Law' which although whilst it might not be everyone's particular cup of tea, this collective will definitely appeal to the aficionados of the death metal genre, mainly down to the aforementioned harmonic doom laden guitar hooks. This is also evident on 'Progeny Of The Leviathans', which is another slice of riffage to knock ya down at fifty paces, whilst Vore round the album off in style with 'Throne To The Wolves' and 'Sacerdotum Tyrannis' where the latter track's dual axe and vocal attack is frighteningly vicious.
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