"Harrowing Catharsis" (Self-released; 2011)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Earth Burnt Black's "Harrowing Catharsis" is a very interesting, very different metal album, featuring pile-driving heavy metal with vocals that run from clean, high-pitched wails to the gruffest, throat-shredding cookie monster vocals you ever heard. It's a brutal, often plodding, sound and definitely not a sound that is for everyone. Much of the music on this album is a little on the slow-paced side but, if it's heavy you're looking for, look no further. And, when the pace does pick up, the level of destruction goes even higher. Don't play this with your speakers pointed at glass objects.

Earth Burnt Black: Patrick Wickman - vocals; Tyler Russell - drums; Ian Gamble - guitar/vocals; Wil Spaedt - bass/vocals/acoustics.

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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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