Coming seemingly out of nowhere to provide us with the sweet taste of death is Casket Huffer and their new debut full length Gospels of Scum. For this being their debut it sure doesn’t sound like they’ve just begun to make their mark on the death metal scene. This nine track release sounds like that of seasoned veterans as each song is well put together and well executed. But more than that, each song is a flesh tearing and thunderous death metal machine that rolls on decimating anyone and anything in their path.
From the drop of the first note you realize what a sickening ride you are on. Gospels of Scum is a twisting, blackened and rot filled release that showers you in entrails and fetid blood until you are buried six feet below it all. This release is as raw, blood curdling and blood thirsty as it gets and for nine straight songs it does its best to let your blood and spill your guts. With brain scrambling speed Casket Huffer rolls out putrid song after putrid song without so much as a pause in between to provide you with an all out death metal assault.
As the gnarled notes hit your ears you are taken on a wonderfully grim and destructive ride until the last note has been played. Gospels of Scum doesn’t stop for anyone or anything as one song melts into the next ripping you to shreds with precision, technicality and lobotomizing brutality. Casket Huffer has created something that is wholly perverse, foul and incredibly infectious as you can’t just listen to this record once. Gospels of Scum is a record that gets stuck in your head whether you wanted it to or by pure force, and regardless of the circumstance you keep coming back for more punishment.
Not only does Casket Huffer play death metal but they blend that with some punk elements as well to provide you an even more aggressive and pissed off sound. The anger in this release is palpable and inescapable and the more that you listen the more that you seethe with anger yourself. Gospels of Scum is a record that gets under your skin-in a good way-and works its way into your brain festering there for days to come. You can’t shake this record and you ultimately can’t stop listening.
Gospels of Scum is a ripping, decapitating wall of death and man is it fun to listen to. This is a killer release to say the least, and all I have left to say is to keep your eyes peeled not just for this record alone but for Casket Huffer in general as they are an incredibly exciting band to listen to.
Gospels of Scum will be released April 21, 2017 through Hibernation Release Records.