Wombbath – Downfall Rising – Pulverised Records – Release: Out Now.
The rise in old school death metal style bands of the past years has made it clear that there is still so much interest into the earlier beginnings of uncomplicated death metal. This has seemed to relight a spark in a lot of old bands to pick up their old band again and show the youngsters how it’s done.
One of those bands is Wombbath, one of Sweden’s earliest death metal bands. They disappeared all of a sudden in the mid ‘90s but after a split-release with Warhound they’re back with their second full-length “Downfall Rising”.
With a running time of a little over half an hour these guys keep your attention without any effort. Bar the intro song and a short keyboard intro to “Fall of the Weak” the album is one relentless assault of crunching death metal. The experience of these lads really shows as the songs are played tight as hell and singer/bass player Jonny’s vocals are orcishly brute.
I’m not going to mince words here; The songs aren’t too original within the whole picture of the death metal scene, but between themselves they are quite diverse, especially with the more theatrical and atmospheric closer “Abandoned Furthermore”, and they certainly deliver exactly what you want from a death metal record: Pure power, plain and simple.
Score: 4.1 out of 5
Text by: Robert Popovic