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Vastum - Carnal Law

Carnal Law
by Marcos "Big Daddy" Garcia at 13 May 2017, 11:50 AM

Death Metal was truly dirty and aggressive at its roots in the end of the 80s. I prefer the idea that the genre had its true beginning in this time, because earlier, it became dead. Between 1987 and 1990, only DEATH stood in the style, because the other bands were deep into the most darkened and profound basements of the underground, in a way that even Metal media couldn’t find. But after the invasion of bands from Sweden, Florida and England, the style came back to life, even more raw and nasty that it already was when the earlier incarnations of MASTER and DEATH gave birth to the gender (POSSESSED members said a lot of times that they were a Thrash Metal band, so I prefer to see them in this way). But that nasty and brutal sound from the years of 1990 and 1991 still influence many bands, as the North American quintet VASTUM. In our hands, we have “Carnal Law”, their first album that gained a remastered version.

They play that same style from the raw and bitter Death Metal from Sweden and England, with no great speed. They have musical personality, it’s clear to our ears, but they aren’t doing anything different from that is already done by many names. But as it is their first release, I believe that they evolved since then. Even the sound quality is inspired on the first times of the Second Wave of Death Metal, nasty and raw. Their tunes are abrasive as Hell, aggressive, but this is what makes their musical work sounds a bit moldy. Ok, I understand that they are a band with their main focus on Old School Death Metal, but a bit of modernity could have done miracles for their songs.

The album presents six good songs, but again I must say: it’s nothing different from what was already done countless times before. But I believe that songs as the slower and morbid “Primal Seduction” and “Re-Member”, the oppressive atmosphere of “Devoid” with its nasty guitar riffs, the good vocals on “Umbra Interna”, and the rhythmic work of bass guitar and drums on “Carnal Law” and “Spirit Abused” can hook every Death Metal fans that hears this album. They are good, but can do better than we hear on “Carnal Law”.

Originality: 6
Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Primal Seduction
2. Re-Member
3. Devoid
4. Umbra Interna
5. Carnal Law
6. Spirit Abused
Daniel Butler - Vocals
Leila - Guitars, vocals
Kyle House - Guitars
Luca - Bass
R.D. Davies - Drums
Record Label: 20 Buck Spin


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