|Review: Vastum - Carnal Law|
Label: 20 Buck Spin
Year released: 2011
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: October 22, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (4 Votes)
This is some really cool slow to mid-paced Death Metal that packs a lot of atmosphere, which is really what makes this album stand a little apart from the other newbies on the Death Metal scene. The atmosphere here is dark, horror-like, sometimes chilling when not downright malevolent. The vocalist's style adds even more to that, with deep, decipherable growls that are not unlike the kind of vocals you'd get from Daniel Corchado of The Chasm – they don't sound the same, but there are enough similarities to mention it. The omnipresent slow, war march-style beat is delivered with a cavernous sound that makes Carnal Law sound like you're slowly marching on a long journey to hell. Old school riffage can be heard throughout; abrasive, sometimes machine-gun style and a bit on the raw side – gotta love it. I wasn't expecting much from this, but this turned out to be a nice surprise. Looking forward for more stuff from these guys.
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