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Review: Archaic Tomb/Cryptworm - Persecution Paraphrenalia / Putrefactive Regurgitation
Archaic Tomb
Persecution Paraphrenalia / Putrefactive Regurgitation

Label: Blood Harvest
Year released: 2019
Duration: 11:20
Tracks: 2
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: October 15, 2019
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Persecution Paraphrenalia / Putrefactive Regurgitation

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

This split EP may be short at just over 11 minutes, but it sure packs a lot of heaviness. Archaic Tomb open the hostilities with "Persecution Paraphrenalia", a wall-of-sound of sheer heaviness with deep, haunting, bone-chilling growls. The band values heaviness over speed and the result is so slow—for the most part—that you can almost feel it crushing your bones. Cryptworm take a different approach on "Putrefactive Regurgitation," a speedier and strangely catchy song with very guttural growls. Not as crushing as that of their split mates, this one is more of the headbanging, fist in the air type of song.

Sometimes splits sound all alike despite being recorded by different bands, but all these two tracks have in common is that they are death metal, with a very different approach to the genre. Good stuff.

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