Vomitor - The Escalation CD


True to their ways, Vomitor continues in the old-school, ultra-analogue manner which defined their previous two albums, ‘Bleeding The Priest’ and ‘Devils Poison’. Released by Invictus Productions and with cover art by Zbigniew Bialek (who did the legendary cover of Imperator’s ‘The Time Before Time’), ‘The Escalation’ marks the return of the Australian death/thrash to the fore after 2010′s ‘Devils Poison’.

Musically this is what you would expect. Over half an hour in length and consisting of seven tracks, ‘The Escalation’ shines through its sheer attitude and primitivism, with the periphery, songwriting and execution all owing its allegiance to the tradition of 1980′s underground metal. The influence of various schools of early death, black and thrash metal, be it the Brazilians or Germans can clearly be evidenced, and the more punchy, rock-steady likes of Bathory, Venom and early Razor can easily be detected in some of the slower and less chaotic sections. Additionally, the atavistic approach of Vomitor has a similar quality to their legendary countrymen Slaughter Lord, and without a doubt a very similar execution to Spear Of Longinus on their ‘Domni Satnasi’ album.

Their production aesthetic, as is the case with previous work is unbending, raw, unpolished, minimal, as well as containing a huge emphasis on a trebly fuzz within the guitars, with rumbling bass always prominent in the backdrop. Solos are sharp and blistering, but with a very clear sound. The rasping vocals of Death Dealer work very well, the use of echo adding a murky depth that sits comfortably with the sonic palette.

That ‘The Escalation’ was recorded and overdubbed within a period of four hours, according to the liner notes, is indicative of how organic, rough and ready the album is. In a genre of music where the modern rule is one of digital clarity, triggers, compression and editing within the production process, it’s refreshing to hear Vomitor among other contemporaries retain and adhere to an earthy approach.

‘The Escalation’ really hits its stride with the final three songs, these being the title track, ‘Metal Or Die’ and ‘Horrors Of Black Earth’. Don’t expect ‘innovation’ or flute solos, but expect a quality release by a band with an inflexible, die-hard ethos.