Having been around since 2002, Slaughtbbath has released a myriad of demos, splits, EPs, one full length and one compilation up until this point. Their newest release is titled Contempt, War and Damnation, which is another compilation that is complete with seven total tracks that are taken off of several EPs plus one brand new track specifically recorded for this release. Compilations great, as they are a way for fans that are just finding a band to listen to some of their best tracks and it gives fans that have known about a band for quite some time something else to add to their collection. Contempt, War and Damnation is no exception to that as they provide you with six of some of their best early tracks as well as one brand new track for you to enjoy.
If you are familiar with Slaughtbbath then you will find everything in this release to already be enjoyable and as slaughtering as you remember. If you are unfamiliar with Slaughtbbath’s work, then you will have your eyes opened up to a grim world ruled by Slaughtbbath. Of course each track off of this release is just as slaughtering and soul harvesting as can be, and once you begin your dark descent in to this record you can’t seem to work your way out. Each track is a flesh tearing and heart devouring opus to the blackened majesty that is Slaughtbbath.
For fifteen years Slaughtbbath has been scorching earth and laying waste to the citizens of earth, and with this compilation you relive all of the torturous moments that you had once before hearing these songs for the first time. With each passing second you can feel your neck snapping and your life being drained from you. This compilation is just a reminder of how terrifying and blood thirsty Slaughtbbath is. And not to mention, their brand new track recorded for this release is a ripper as well. The new track is titled Astral Rape, and it is a new four minute track of nothing but some of the most bestial, raw and punishing black metal.
Astral Rape is composed of gut ripping riffs that are backed by rumbling bass lines and hammering tumultuous drumming. While the musicianship is on point and as barbaric as can be, the vocals push through the sonic madness to deliver an unholy, blood curdling and demonic sound that would make Satan smile. Astral Rape is what you would come to expect from Slaughtbbath after all of these years, more punishing soul destroying sounds for you to revel in and relinquish your life.
In conclusion, Contempt, War and Damnation is a solid compilation for new fans as well fans that are just discovering the truly terror inspiring sound of Slaughtbbath. Besides the six songs from previous releases, the brand new track on this release is great as well, and hopefully Astral Rape is a sign of more to come from these hellions.
Contempt, War and Damnation will be out September 8, 2017 through Hells Headbangers.