Released: 2016, Gore House Productions
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
I’d recommend having a black belt in some form of the martial arts before listening to CRAWL SPACE BURIAL, because you’ll need it to contend with the kind of pit karate that Stages of Decomposition stirs up.
Taking cues from the likes of Visceral Disgorge, Internal Bleeding, and Katalepsy, the L.A. trio butchered their own brand of musical homicide across their 2014 debut PILES OF ROTTING FLESH, and aim to swing the hatchet even harder with CRAWL SPACE BURIAL. It’s a more concentrated and rhythm heavy counterpart to PILES, but the 3 new studio tracks are soaked in enough of their own fluid and viscera to please even the most cynical of gore fiends.
CRAWL SPACE BURIAL grooves with guttural vocal belches, chunky death riffs and non-stop blast beat pulverization. “Killing Under Possession” and the title track bookend lessons on how to gain social status through high body count serial murder, while “Carve Out the Eyes” rolls more OSDM. There’s also a bonus live version of “Devoured and Defecated by Swine” tacked on for good measure. Yeah it sounds like it was recorded from an iPhone at the bar of wherever they played at, but it’s raw and probably a the way Stages of Decomposition wants you to experience it.
Plus, the cover art reminds me of the Tarman from Return of the Living Dead, and that’s always pretty rad.
You want brutal, fast, and heavy? Too bad, you’re getting it anyway. Stages of Decomposition may not be the sharpest or most original knife in your gut, but they’ll still get the job done.