When “crusty” isn’t enough to describe a crusty metal band, you know that the crust is well off the charts. Gravehuffer sounds like a straight forward death metal band name and while Gravehuffer does mix death metal in that isn’t all that they bring to the table. Gravehuffer uses death metal, elements of thrash, hardcore, punk and even more to create a sound that is all their own, they create crust. Your Fault is the name of their newest release and this record seems to be caked complete filth and it seems that the filthier the music, the better for Gravehuffer.
During an ominous intro for the opening track titled Gravehuffer a deep voice permeates all of the ominous sounds like the stench of a cadaver festering in the walls of your house. After the intro Gravehuffer lays the hammer down and pumps out song after song of incredibly filthy and grime filled metal. Each song is just as filthy as the last and Gravehuffer seems to revel in all of it. As mentioned before, the filthier the better and Gravehuffer provides enough filth for you and whoever it is that is sitting within earshot of your music.
Throughout this record there are songs that are just above one minute as well as just below one minute long but there isn’t any filler. There are no interludes or intros to songs (save for the opening track) there is only metal and plenty of it. Gravehuffer doesn’t quit until your head is rolling around on the ground because you were headbanging too much, and really this record gets you headbanging right off the bat. These songs are infectious and stay with you like a worm that has infested itself inside of your brain. No matter whether you want these songs to get stuck in your head or not they just do.
Each song is filled with more than your fair share of putrid riffs, spine rattling bass lines, acrobatic drumming and vocals that seem to be coated in a nice thick coating of sludge and muck themselves. With each element combined what you get is an undeniably disgusting sound that ultimately clogs your speakers as well as your ear holes. The musicianship is on point and crusty as it is and that combined with the production adding even more crust, sooner or later you just get buried.
Your Fault is a very entertaining listen that gets your head nodding right away, and not only that but these songs do get stuck in your head. Your Fault is a solid record that you find yourself listening to over and over again and this record definitely does warrant plenty more than just a single rotation. If you are looking for an album that is entertaining and unbelievably dirty, then you really don’t have to look any further than Your Fault.