"Rat King" (Metal Blade; 2011)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Swedish quintet As You Drown whip a dastardly mix of redundant and bludgeoning deathcore with a string of savvy modern death metal elements on their sophomore effort, "Rat King."

While a bulk of the compositions on this nine-track offering suffer from a lack of originality which compounds the unit’s glaring interchangeability, this squad’s concoction of Gojira-esque riffs (“You Should Be Paranoid”) and battle-ready rhythms that sound like a melding of Job for a Cowboy and Through the Eyes of the Dead (“Cleansing Hands”) are indisputably crushing, demonstrating that these guys are capable of obliterating everything in their path while relentlessly delivering an intense skull pounding with familiar extreme metal ferocity propelling the savagery.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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