Review: Graveyard Ghoul “The Dissolution of Flesh” [Lycanthropic Chants / Fucking Kill Records]

Review: Graveyard Ghoul “The Dissolution of Flesh” [Lycanthropic Chants / Fucking Kill Records]

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Coming from the rotting tombs under Westerstede, Germany rises another death metal project that sucked me in upon the first listen of their latest EP titled The Dissolution Of Flesh. Graveyard Ghoul took formation back in 2011 and have since dropped three full-lengths. But this putrid selection of five songs is what really grasped my attention. The production and general attitude is similar to Coffin Rot’s A Monument To The Dead, so that explains a lot.

With that in mind, you can expect a moist cavern of haunting riffs that deliver a full-serving of different approaches, in just under twenty minutes. The title track blitzes away with furious, yet steady energy that the straightforward opener “Stack The Graves” gave us. But the song dissolves into a muddy pile of doomy riffs and harsh overtones that bury any sense of reaching the light on the surface. Can we also talk about how grim and stellar the title “Stack The Graves” is? “The Incantation Of The Dead Ancients” continues this with a more straightforward chug pattern, allowing the pummeling drums to reach the surface for tension. The outro of that song is easily packed with the most groove, and is likely my favorite one.

The centerpiece is where we reach our peak discomfort and explosive build, however. “Fill The Emptiness With Dead Ones” allows room for popping basslines and a gradual descent from another traditional OSDM riff, melting into a void of noisy riffage in slower tempos. The vocals here really add some threat, as monstrous gutturals that don’t sound too sloppy are laid right alongside the rhythms. Mixing and production was obviously a large part of why The Dissolution Of Flesh hit so immaculately. Closer “Blenophobia” (which means a fear of slime) lets us out with a fast blast and another large dose of whining patterns. This was a consistent factor that made its way in and out the entire time.

Graveyard Ghoul truly mastered the art of meshing fun horror tropes with advanced death metal filth and execution. The blend between classic influence and newer ideas cast under an umbrella of horrid production is brilliant. If anything of that sort catches your interest, best you give this a listen as soon as possible. Fans of Coffin Rot, Ahna, Tomb Mold, and the likes should eat this up.

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