From the very first hint of rapid fire drumming and purely filthy and flesh shredding riffs, Engulf and their EP Subsumed Atrocities grabs you right by the fucking throat. I’ll get the only gripe I have about this release out of the way before we go any further. The only issue that I have with this release is that it isn’t nearly long enough, that’s it. Since it is an EP, it isn’t meant to be a devastating trek through mountains of corpses, but after listening to the only two tracks on this release, you want more and want it immediately. Now that that is out of the way, Subsumed Atrocities is a great release. With only two tracks on it you are mauled within an inch of your life as you become under siege from unrelenting and purely savage death metal.
Engulf shoots right out of the gate never giving you a moment to prepare yourself for the deadly metallic onslaught that is about to commence. From note one on you are subject to a blasting, life expunging and face peeling listen that you just can’t help but to put on repeat. Subsumed Atrocities is a nasty and ruthless release that provides you with some grim, dark and incredibly brutal death metal that gets seared in to your brain whether you want it to or not.
The opening of Subsumed Atrocities begins with a track titled Aeons Of Hate that starts you out with incredibly savage blasting drums and bone picking riffs which immediately hook you and draw you in to this release. Subsumed Atrocities is such a wonderfully dark and incredibly intense listen just within two tracks that you almost have no other choice but to play it over and over again. In just two tracks, Subsumed Atrocities carries more weight than most other full length records. This is the type of release that just gets right under your skin and lodges itself deep within your brain making it for an unforgettable, highly memorable listen.
This is just the first EP of a series of three and then finally a full length, and if the others are just as good as this, we are all in for a real deadly treat. As mentioned above, two songs just isn’t enough and at the end of this release you are left with a feeling of want, wanting more death metal to subdue your fix and appetite for death. We know that we will be getting more Engulf in the future, but for now we are left with this insanely well crafted EP to tide us over before you consume more of what Engulf has to offer. All in all, Subsumed Atrocities is an excellent release, one that should not be passed up.
Subsumed Atrocities is out right now and you can find it right on Engulf’s Bandcamp!