Released: 2009, Nuclear Blast
Reviewer: Stu Occupier
Coming together in late 2006, SWWAATS were formed by former members of Dehumanized and Filth Porn, within a year they had released a demo called "Subhuman Empire", toured with Nile and Chthonic then signed to the mighty Nuclear Blast.
Now the Florida band are ready to unleash their first full album produced by James Murphy (Death, Obituary) on a public that is still being force fed with emo and safe pop punk music, is there anywhere safe they can hide?
From the second you hit play the aggression and the energy starts, not even an opening note is played, it’s just straight into full metal assault.
Musically driven by superb drumming and typical death metal vocals it’s hard to distinguish one track from another, until we hit “Pity The Living, Envy The Dead” because it’s an atmospheric sampler piece which actually hits you harder than the metal and throws you off centre.
From this point on, the album takes on a different tone and suddenly the relentless brutality takes on new structures, “Colossus” is almost doom like and blends straight into “Retrograde And The Anointed”, think Sunn O))) meets Axis Of Perdition via Deicide and Anaal Nathrakh.
The album ends as it begins with more unbounded aural violence. A hidden track contains more sampling.
This is a very impressive album, my initial reaction was “oh no not another death/grind by numbers album” but there was much more to this, real thought has gone into this and I would not only recommend this to any fan of the genre but also to any open minded metalhead as well.
RECOMMENDED TRACKS: All of them from track 5 onwards!