As a fan of extreme metal, it’s always very refreshing to discover a release so dark and raw, it sounds as though it has been recorded in a cave amongst a blizzard in a Norwegian forest. Said description perfectly fits Graveyard Ghoul and Cryptic Brood’s split EP The Graveyard Brood, a fantastically gnarly and unpolished release from Germany’s two rising death metal acts.
The Graveyard Brood is one hell of an eerie release, packed full of sinister and macabre undertones from start to finish. Fans of Darkthrone, Necrophagia and even pioneering sludge acts EyeHateGod and Crowbar will undoubtedly enjoy the split, as it possesses the same grim and misanthropic quality that makes legends like Darkthrone and Necrophagia so bloody enjoyable.
The first three Graveyard Ghoul tracks bring the speedy rackettiness to the album, with powerful opening number Distasteful Hunger. The track has brilliant, old school undertones to it with signature, gravelly death metal vocals. Graveyard Ghoul’s second two offerings Castle Freak and Unconscious Void are much more groove heavy, with guitarist and vocalist Disgracer laying down some mighty riffs and furiously fiddly fretwork on both tracks.
Crawling over now to Cryptic Brood’s half of the split and things take a much more atmospheric and Black Sabbath-esque turn. Brood’s style is considerably more satanic and deathly than Graveyard Ghoul’s speed driven sound,with fifth track Basement Funeral fluctuating between moderate speed and intensity to thunderous, hammering death doom. Rancid Sorcery also possesses that signature, hellish spontaneity that makes The Graveyard Brood such an entertaining listen and closing track, Infected With Death is one hell of raw and uncompromising listen.Rancid Sorcery also possesses that signature, hellish spontaneity that makes The Graveyard Brood such an entertaining listen and closing track, Infected With Death is one hell of a raw and uncompromising listen.
Ultimately, The Graveyard Brood is a brilliantly raw and unpolished release which will be an instant winner with all fans of the more sinister and macabre realm of extreme metal. The erratic tempo changes and overly repetitive riffs to be get tiresome at points, however this is ultimately an enjoyable split from two of Germany’s very promising death metal acts.