TOTALED-Lament CD (2019)
I’ve been driving around listening to this on repeat in my work van for two weeks and I must say that I’m pretty surprised at how long I’ve been digging on this without becoming totally burned out on it. It has actually made me want to hunt down the vinyl (but we all know how much we must shell out for a new metal record these days).
This album starts off with some really cool and mellow acoustic guitar playing. These parts come back a few times throughout the listen. Straight after the mellow intro things immediately rip into a blasting frenzied black metal style that I’d say reminds me of really early Watain, Mayhem, Dark Throne, etc. Personally, I’d have lost interest in this album if it just continued down that road but it doesn’t. There is a very cool epic crust style that is also happening with some obvious Swedish and Japanese Hardcore influences. Along with all of that, Tragedy immediately comes to mind with some of this bands riffs and parts. I really like how Totaled have been able to successfully merge crust with BM. It works for them and sounds catchy and melodic, yet still retains its heaviness and speed. The record has major balls. The production is pretty killer too. Profound Lore put this out and have been at it forever churning out some super listenable metal. (NW)
Justin Dratson: JD Nate Wilson: NW Matt Average: MA