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A Forgotten Gem from 1993? - 70%

FullMetalAttorney, May 11th, 2012

San Francisco, 1993: a few of the guys see Autopsy play, trade bootleg Incantation tapes, and hear a rote description of My Dying Bride's As the Flower Withers (without actually hearing the album itself). They get piss-drunk, buy some time at a studio, and lay down six primitive, raw, doomy death metal tracks. After making and selling a dozen copies, they lose the master tape, and the erstwhile band just sort of fades into nonexistence. There's one guy out on the Internet who heard it once, and swears it's the greatest death metal album ever made, but his copy is stuck in the tape deck of the '89 Civic he wrecked. Eighteen years later, a savvy construction worker with a Possessed tattoo finds a copy while tearing down a condemned apartment building.

OK, I made up that story, but if that were true, it would sound exactly like Vastum's Carnal Law.

There are probably a dozen mostly-forgotten albums from 1993 that are just like this 2011 debut. They have a raw, slow death metal sound. There are some good riffs, but nothing that really stands out as anything special. The solos often resemble something out of Slayer. It's not the greatest death metal album ever released. But it ain't too shabby either. Basically, it's just here to convince you that you want to see this band live. And if they sound like this live, then you should.

The Verdict: It's not groundbreaking. It's not unique. But it's solid. It's exactly like a couple dozen death metal albums from 1993 that have been forgotten--except for that one guy who swears by it.

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