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Review: Excruciation - [C]rust

Label: WormHoleDeath Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 38:25
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom/Death


Review online: July 13, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)

Swiss doomy death dealers, Excruciation, were originally formed in 1984 and they released several demos and one EP during their first triumphal existence until they decided to call it quits in 1991. However, they decided to re-arm their original troops 14 years later, coming back in 2005. Since that year, Excruciation have released four studio albums and a bunch of smaller releases, of which [C]rust is the title of their latest studio album.

The musical concept that they have built around Excruciation is a pretty unique wholeness including Doom, Death and Thrash Metal with some Crust elements. It's really hard to pinpoint Excruciation's sound that precisely, but it's definitely very unique; Celtic Frost-meets-Usurper-meets-Danzig-meets-Paradise Lost type of a thing – all around dark, gloomy, experimental and heavy sounding, which undoubtedly appeals to a lot of people. On [C]rust, the Excruciation camp have perfected their sound, making it even more intense, angst-ridden and sort of oppressive, not saving you from broken bones if you let me use this somewhat silly and lame expression. This is some heavy shit indeed, mangling your worthless torso to dust without leaving anybody to feel guilty for anything. Excruciation's mid-paced Doomsday-sound rips and roars, which is also wrapped up with some genuine lyrical contribution that puts your brain cells effectively and nicely to work. A song like "Olympus Mons" is darn hypnotic, mesmerizing you with its twisted calmness before you even realize it.

To wrap this review up, I just have a free tip for you. Do not say 'no' to [C]rust. You'd be missing something great.

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