|Review: Bodyfarm - Into Battle|
Label: Vic Records
Year released: 2018
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: July 2, 2018
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (5 Votes)
I thought this was a new EP, but this is in fact a CD reissue of the band's long-sold-out eponymous demo. I only realized that after adding Into Battle to Metal-Archives, so hopefully they won't be pissed at me if that was a faux pas. ;)
Anyway, I had never heard these guys before and I almost didn't download the promo (you'd be surprised how many albums come in every week), but this is yet another case of, "damn, did I ever come close to missing out on this." This is really cool, heavy death metal that doesn't overdo the speed (though they do have their very speed moments), has good, tolerable death growls, and the riffs... Oh baby, those riffs! Razor-sharp stuff that draws you in right from the start (well, not the first track; it's a short intro). Throw in the thunderous drumming and some well-honed songwriting and you got a winner there. If you're seeing this stuff being played live, there's no doubt you've got of heads banging slowly in unison during songs like "Final Redemption". Heavy stuff.
The promo information doesn't say whether this was recorded but, if the demo sounded like that, that was damn impressive. Great that they've reissued this to reach those who missed out on it the first time around.
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