Melbourne, Victoria, nestled within the southeastern corner of Australia’s coastline, is fast becoming one of metal’s hottest of hotbeds. Along with cities like Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas in the U.S. and Vancouver, British Columbia up dare in Canada a ways, Melbourne has recently evolved into one of those cities that just seems to spew out bonzer band after bonzer band.
Starting in the mid-2000’s with acts like 4Arm, Ne Obliviscaris and Be’lakor, expanding further through the 2010’s with King Parrot, Revulsed, and Sewercide (R.I.P.), and running right up into some of today’s most wickedly addictive acts (and 2020 Hated One veterans) such as Werewolves and Order of Orias, Melbourne has turned into a fertile and internationally known, 21st century breeding ground for solid metal.
Thus, it should come as no surprise that today’s review focuses on yet another highly talented act hailing from this southern Australian hot spot: Faceless Burial.
Founded sometime around 2015, the blackened death power trio known as Faceless Burial have spent the past five years properly building their esteem amidst the local clubs and bars of their home port, gigging out, and releasing independent/small label material. And so, as the story so often goes, through these strong, early releases – and with the additional bonus of being from one metal’s latest hotbeds – Faceless Burial caught the ear of one of America’s better-known and well-established labels, Dark Descent Records.
The result? Here in 2020, whilst we pine away for the days of live shows and a plague-free planet, we at least can enjoy the blackened death deliciousness that is Speciation, otherwise known as the forthcoming full-length album from these Australian newcomers.
Due out August 7th, Speciation contains six sinister cuts comprising just over thirty-seven minutes of controlled death metal chaos. Almost sludgy in production and delivery, the ominous overtones simply overflow from these heavy, heavy tunes - and it is glorious.
Dark, grimy, and grim, Faceless Burial’s Speciation should appeal to fans of both classic, putrid, gory death metal and fans of pure, blackened death, for this staunch album has both these habit-inducing styles in piles and mounds for all to dive into and enjoy.
So, what are you waiting for? Listen to the first single, “Ravished to the Unknown”, by clicking play below, and be sure to keep an eye an on their Bandcamp to listen to the whole of Speciation once it’s out! \m/
Rating: 93 / 100 (A-)
Release Date: August 7th, 2020 (Dark Descent Records)
Genre: Classic/Blackened Death
For Fans Of: Obituary, Exhumed, Cannibal Corpse, Sewercide, Lantern, Venomous Skeleton, Gatecreeper