Bubbling up from the cauldron of death three years after releasing Grant Us Death, Ulcer is back with deadly vengeance with Heading Below. Heading Below displays nine total songs that clock in at fifty minutes and each of those minutes is filled with raw and uncompromising death metal. Ulcer plays a brand of death metal that is unmistakably death, as in you can’t mistake it for anything other than that. There aren’t any other added tricks or genres to this release as what you get is pure and unfiltered old-school death metal.
Each song is a cadaverous and hell raising effort that seems to have just crawled up from a six foot hole in the ground. Heading Below is a gnarled and rotting release that reeks of putrefaction and decaying flesh. With this newest record, Ulcer has created something that is abyssal and wholly destructive and only has stripping your flesh from bone and draining your blood from your body on its mind. Not only is this pure death metal, there is also a skin crawling atmosphere about it as well that makes your hair stand up and make you feel as though you are being dragged under the earth by the undead.
After an ominous intro, Ulcer thrusts you straight into the chaos and into the fetid fog without so much as a warning. From then on you get onslaughts of death metal and horrific atmosphere that feed off of your for the entire record until the final song closes. Ulcer hits you with a barrage of uncompromising and relentless death from the beginning to end and they are unapologetic in doing so as well. Each of the nine songs hits hard and is intent on burying you alive or dead six feet in the ground and won’t quit until that goal has been met.
Heading Below is a record that is covered in filth and slathered in grime and all of that can be felt as every song flies out of your speakers. After one listen you feel as though you have been covered in mountains of rotting flesh and fetid blood for the entirety of the fifty minutes. The way that Ulcer plays and with the raw production to go with the sordid play you get songs that sound as though they have been awoken from rotted crypts. The sound of Heading Below and the sound of Ulcer as a band is that of old-school death metal, but Ulcer doesn’t rehash sounds or recreate something that has already been done. Ulcer plays their own unique brand of death metal and with that they have brought forth an intense and unique listen.
Throughout this record you get shrouded in corrosive riffs supplemented by squealing guitar solos, rumbling bass lines, pounding drumming and vocals that are sinister and monstrous. Coupled with the sordid atmosphere that Ulcer provides, you get a blood curdling listen that gets you to headbang until your neck snaps. Heading Below works its way into your brain like a parasite as the entire album is memorable and a great listen.
Heading Below will be out through Arachnophobia Records May 25, 2016.