Stillbirth – Revive The Throne
For those who have been following Stillbirth for the last few years, they can know what to expect: pretty standard chugging deathcore with lots of slam elements and crushing vocals that switch between deep growls and the ever-famous pig squeals. For those who don’t know of Stillbirth, think Within Destruction meets earlier Whitechapel. The songs are quick, but hit hard, and they even have double bass, which makes for a thick, yet clean sound that only enhances the slamming grooves. Right off with ‘Degraded To Mutilation’, one can’t help but head bang to the rhythms that come belting out. Other tracks like ‘Panem Et Circenses’ have the balanced mix of squeals and growls but there are more breakdowns and chugging that deathcore and slam fans enjoy so much, versus the earlier tracks that are more straightforward brutal death metal.
While there is not much variation between tracks- one the unfortunate downfalls of a lot of slam bands- one thing Stillbirth never lose is the groove in each song. Despite random movie samples thrown in at the beginning of tracks or at the end, the music is sure to entertain. One of the strongest tracks is ‘Unleash The Mutation’ simply for the opening riffs; something about them just grabs listeners and pulls them in faster than a chainsaw harpoon (just look at the album artwork there has to be one in there somewhere). For those looking for a cleaner and more polished version of Devourment, then this would probably suit them well. It’s brutal, it’s loud, the lyrics hold some interesting ideas while still being sickening, but overall Stillbirth have given another album that should be presented during any ‘slamfest’.
4 / 5 STARS