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Album Review: Death Engine – “Mud”

Death Engine are a 4 piece band from Lorient, France who play heavy music that neither fits or fails labels like ‘metal’ or ‘crust’ or ‘post-hardcore’ or whatever other pigeon holes we can offer up. It’s simply heavy, intense and BIG. The vocals are harsh and distorted when yelled or screamed and unless parlez vous francais? Yeh …nah…i cant understand a damn word. This is the full length debut from the band who previously released an insanely good Ep titled ‘Amen’ .. also through Throatruiner.

7 tracks spanning about half n hour of just massive guitars..huge drums and other noises. Musically there’s a lot in common with artists like Envy, Botch, Isis, Chariot, Old Man Gloom etc. Everything sounds completely raw and live but a keen ear will distinguish the small and subtle production elements that pull feedback in, let the room ring out or seamlessly introduce a synth or even acoustic guitar. They’ve clearly spent time on this and the proof is in the end result.

So.. think big chord progressions that feel hopeful and emotive…and then they strike these ‘off’ notes that almost jar the listener out of that zone. The drums drive the rhythm section with a solid performance that never complicates things, in fact sometimes it’s the only thing the ear can latch onto for some sense of where the hell it’s all going! Dynamically this record offers a range of quieter moments and interludes, feedback and drone-inspired sections.. but when it gets heavy, boy of boy is it great!

As with most Throatruiner records the album is made available for free download via/ the label prior to the vinyl shipping out so feel free to give it a spin and see if it’s something you’re into. If you dig it as much as myself..you’ll be hitting the ‘order’ button before too long because it’s a haunting record that has a lot of replay value.

4/5 Stars



Death Engine (hardcore/crust) release debut album “Mud”

France based hardcore/crust outfit Death Engine are streaming their new full length Mud. This is the band’s debut album, which they spent most of 2014 working on. In addition to the release of their album, which you can pre-order a hard copy of, they will also be embarking on a European tour to support the new release. You can check out the dates and stream the full album below.

Mud is out via Throatruiner Records and Apocaplexy Records. Itwill serve as a follow-up to the group’s 2013 EP Amen.