Texas Murder Crew – Everyone’s Last Breath
Reviewed: August 2020
Released: 2020, Comatose Music
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
EVERYONE’S LAST BREATH is the debut EP from Texas Murder Crew, and these cowboys know how to lasso a breakdown. Jokes aside, it’s a pretty remarkable first offering that handily blends traditional brutal death riffage with just the right amount of slam groove.
The quality of the tunes shouldn’t come as a surprise though, as the band features ex-Devourment guitarist Kevin Clark in its ranks. Yes, the same Kevin Clark who gifted us with “Molesting the Decapitated” and F@#ked to Death. The rest of the lineup is pretty intriguing as well, boasting dueling vocalists and a sampler in the ranks. These elements aren’t exploited nearly as much as they could be, but they certainly add some extra jazz hands to an already excellent set of tunes.
Each of the 6 tracks (including the intro) on EVERYONE’S LAST BREATH is a ripper. Wasting no time with pleasantries, the immediacy of “Curse of Humanity” invokes early Suffocation, while “Destroy the Witness” and the title track are loaded with grinding, pit friendly slog that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Dying Fetus or Internal Bleeding record. “Stronghold” was my personal fav of the lot, though. It’s almost entirely blast beats, noisy sampler effects, and guttural vocals. A sonically corrosive sounding tune, it hints at what future music from the band could sound like if these dynamics were given more of the spotlight.
EVERYONE’S LAST BREATH is a solid debut, and I want to hear more new music from Texas Murder Crew like yesterday. It’s tough to be brutal, catchy, and sound original all at the same time, but this record manages to check each of those boxes.