Two years have passed since Corpse Garden’s second full length release Entheogen, and now these death merchants are on the verge of releasing yet another soul mangling release titled IAO 269. This is the third full length from these Costa Rica natives, and within this release you will find nine more tracks of experimental, bludgeoning and captivating death metal tracks that keep you coming back for more and more death metal punishment.
Corpse Garden twists the modern death metal sound to create a unique sound all their own. Their unique, gnarled and ever twisting sound is what ultimately captivates you, drawing you in to the record more and more with each passing second. Corpse Garden does a great job of mixing their experimental metal influences with their death metal influences to create an ever shifting yet almost hypnotic sound. You can never expect to hear the same sounds more than once, and throughout each track you get thrown for loop after loop.
It goes without saying that Corpse Garden plays an unconventional brand of death metal, and that certainly is a huge draw. There isn’t a track among the nine that appear on IAO 269 that seems to follow any sort of formula which seems to allow each track to breath and take on a form and sound all its own. Each track morphs and shape shifts in to something that you may not have quite expected providing you with the element of the unknown and that just by itself is what draws you in and makes you want to keep listening.
Even though this release is upwards of fifty minutes in length, it never over stays its welcome and it certainly flies by before you even realize it. IAO 269 is a seamless and flowing record that holds your attention all throughout and before you know it you have listened all the way through more than a handful of times. Longer records always seem to be and tend to be more challenging to listen to, but for IAO 269 that certainly is not the case.
The intriguing, unique and overall captivating sound of Corpse Garden holds you in a mesmerizing trance for the entirety of the record. This definitely is a stand out death metal record for this year and it is no wonder why Corpse Garden has amassed quite the following over the years. Their brand of unorthodox death metal is a breath of fresh yet putrid air that provides you with something that is exciting, extremely unique as well as something that you just can’t stop listening to. IAO 269 simply put is a great death metal record.
IAO 269 will be out November 20, 2017 through Godz Ov War Productions.