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Crawl Below – Its Ministers on Earth

Crawl Below
Its Ministers on Earth
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 14 February 2022, 10:11 AM

CRAWL BELOW is a Connecticut-based one-man project spanning Black Metal, D-Beat Punk, Doomgaze, Acoustic, and Post-Metal, all focused on New England legends and Lovecraft. “Its Ministers on Earth” is the band’s fourth full-length album, and contains seven tracks. “The Daemon Damned Season” leads off the album. It opens with a slow and heavy riff, plodding along like a wooly mammoth lumbering across the ice. The vocals are vile utterances at first, seguing into clean vocals. It continues in this cold, sterile sound throughout the song.

“Red Fell the Vapours” is a shorter and faster-moving song, with heavy drum thuds leading the way. Following an intense harsh vocal passage, thick bass notes take over. The vile, depressing sound continues. “Summoning Rite” is a one-and-a-half-minute song, featuring heavy drums in a somewhat steady rhythm, along with some dark background elements. “Yet Foul from their Eyes” beings with eerie clean guitars tones that transition to slow, grinding heavy ones, along with some double time in the kick drum. The clean vocal passage is square within the Doom Metal genre, and the vocalist sound like Ozzy for sure.

“Will Rot the Base Chains” begins with another slow, brooding sound and semi-harsh vocals. I don’t remember as much of the thickened and despondent messages in their previous album, but man are they on full display here. Thunderous drums roll in, and the vocals turn full harsh. The sound retreats towards the end, with about as much desolation as you could imagine. “O Great Priest” is another shorter track, meant probably as a pause from the previous tracks. Eerie sounds occupy much of the song; eerie and harrowing. “And Deep in the Worm” closes the album. The heavy drum and guitar section creates a dissonant feeling—there is no warmth to be had within the song. Following a harsh passage, the sound drops to clean tones in a mesmerizing moment. It picks back up towards the end, with fervor and vile energy, in a final passage of hatred as thick as your arch-rival.

The desolate sound on the album could put a damper on any sunny day. I remember their previous release, and it sounded more diverse from my recollection. What rules here is the frigid, sterile, and absolutely crushing nothingness feeling you get after listening to the album. It’s good, but could be better with some more of the elements the composer talked about in the album introduction…they were just too few and far between for me.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 8
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. The Daemon Damned Season
2. Red Fell the Vapours
3. Summoning Rite
4. Yet Foul from their Eyes
5. Will Rot the Base Chains
6. O Great Priest
7. And Deep in the Worm
Charlie Sad Eyes
Record Label: Lawnmowerjetpack Records


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