Science of Sleep offers you just about everything but sleep. If you are looking for something mellow to listen to, then Science of Sleep would not be the band for you. But, if you are looking for something that will down right tear your fucking head off and gut you like a fish, then these guys are the band for you. Hellmouth is the newest release from these heathens and it packs eleven songs of crushing death metal. Mixed in with the brain bruising death metal is deathcore. Generally deathcore is synonymous with cookie cutter metal, but the way in which Science of Sleep utilizes the genre makes for an interesting and heavy listen.
There are no fillers or intros or outros to songs within Hellmouth. What you get is pure brutality for eleven straight songs. You don’t get a break and as soon as you press play you become swallowed up by an avalanche of blistering and blood boiling death metal. Science of Sleep makes sure that you don’t make it out of just one single listen alive as it seems that their goal is to blow your head clean off of your shoulders. Each song averages around three to four minutes, and within that allotted time you feel as though you have been fed through a wood chipper eleven times.
Hellmouth beats you down until you aren’t recognizable anymore. Each song is brutalizing and leaves your brain bruised and looking like someone took a pipe to it. This record is undeniably heavy and it pulverizes you without hesitation and without warning at all. All eleven songs are anvil heavy and have the capability of crushing you without a moments notice. As the songs roll on you end up getting buried under an avalanche of disgustingly destructive death metal to the point where your bones shatter and your head splits under the pressure.
Science of Sleep mixes both deathcore and traditional death metal elements together very well to create their heavy sound. Hellmouth isn’t more deathcore than death metal and it isn’t more death metal than deathcore. Science of Sleep balances both very well so you don’t get pile driven into the ground with breakdown after breakdown after breakdown. Each song has their fair share of breakdowns, but they never over stay their welcome and none of the songs of this release are inundated with breakdowns either. Science of Sleep does a great job of balancing them out and spreading plenty throughout the record instead of packing ninety into one or two songs.
Not only that, but this record is riddled with down tuned and crushing riffs, skull rattling bass lines, rib crashing drums and throat tearing vocals to create a sound that is apocalyptic. There isn’t an element to this record that isn’t heavy and with everything combined you get an album that steamrolls and decimates anything in its path. Hellmouth has a knack for making you feel as though your life is about to end at any moment and the more listens that you pour into this record, the more you feel crushed by the sheer weight and intensity.
Hellmouth is a solid record that needs to be played at very high volumes as anything else would be unacceptable. This is a brutalizing and heavy listen that any death metal or deathcore fan should want to have in their collection.
Hellmouth will be out November 25, 2016 through Bastardized Recordings.