Released: 2014, Iron Bonehead Release
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
It’s rare these days to find a band who leave no digital footprint upon the world of social media However, the mystery behind Swarp doesn’t just end with a lack of online activity, nothing is known about the band members or location where the band originated. So with this in mind, here is all that can be said about them.
Unravelling with a murky guitar led intro, ‘Swarp’ carves a gritty picture with infernal growls and dissonant sounding guitars within its opening minutes which then leads into a fast paced onslaught of chaotic drums agonizing vocals. The guitar hooks are abundant with plenty of head banging vitality to get pits stirring. The aggressive tonality remains consistent throughout with little room for respite throughout it’s 14 minute hybrid of Blackened Death
Next up, ‘Þy Tayl is Deeþ Þurgh Þyn Envenymynge’ reveals a mournful array of clean vocal harmonies with bleak sounding guitar swaying back and forth, unveiling a strong atmospheric backdrop. This is then followed by metallic riffs, speedy drums and guttural vocals, as everything cranks up to exuberant heights. Amidst the chaos the track also features a solid transition in vocals with distant clean vocals that add a further layer to the band’s sound.
Meanwhile, the sinister sounding ‘Mors Rex Salvator Hominum’ comes with a grittier backbone as the tortured vocals and cathartic guitars swing in at full force, making this one of the record’s most exhilarating moments.
Finally, ‘Mors Rex Salvator Hominum’ carries forward many of the aforementioned qualities as the infectious drumming and tightly woven lead guitar drive endlessly onward into a spree of blast beats and sonic guitars before dispersing into a clean sung departure.
Whist this record remains interesting for the most part, the appeal does waver as many ideas do seem to play out for far too long and there is a degree of repetition for the most part of their song writing. However, there are moment’s where the band are able to hit that raw nerve with their unyielding violence and a stripped down production. Definitely not for the faint hearted.