Troglodyte – The Hierarchical Ecological Succession: Welcome to the Food Chain

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Troglodyte - The Hierarchical Ecological Succession: Welcome to the Food Chain
Troglodyte – The Hierarchical Ecological Succession: Welcome to the Food Chain

Reviewed: April, 2022
Released: 2022 Blood Blast Distribution
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Simon Wiedemann

Troglodyte are a death metal band on the Blood Blast Distribution label, who released their fourth album ‘The Hierarchical Ecological Succession: Welcome to the Food Chain’ on 5th March 2022. It features Origin bassist Mike Flores, along with Brent Purgason (also known as Pustulus Maximus of GWAR); Shawn Knight of Child Bite; and Ross Sewage of Exhumed, Ghoul, and Impaled making guest appearances. The band are obsessed with Bigfoot, ‘creature-features’ of the 70s and 80s, and classic death metal. They have made a number of appearances at various festivals, and have supported acts such as Hatebreed and Rob Zombie, making them crowd favourites. 

For some pretty brutal death metal, the weediness of the snare drum may take you by surprise a little. It doesn’t sound BAD especially as it’s used so often (you don’t want the drums to be too overpowering), instead it sounds quirky in a DM way. Not unique, but it’s certainly not like hearing a small scale explosion. In some of the faster blast beats, the snare sounds more like an uzi. Uzis are cool! One of my favourite light weapons. Even the bass drum is a bit clicky. The riffs aren’t anything too innovative, they’re just low pitched chug fests of varying tempos. All I’m saying is, you better like chugging as you get about 29 minutes of it. Ok, you do get more melodic guitar parts, but they are equally typical. Some of the standout guitar ideas are the faster ones with wider ranges of notes being used, rather than the more basic stuff, but then again, good music is about contrasts, right? I do apologise for my thoughtlessness. I was being a smartass.

For the first time in a very long time, I genuinely want to know what the death metal singer is singing about in track ‘Found Guilty in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit Shooting a Man Wearing a Bigfoot costume’. Sadly I can’t find the lyrics anywhere. ‘Assault by Cleft Foot Malformation Trampled Under (Big)Foot’ sounds pretty good, too. In this very special case, I want there to be clean singing not because I like the sound of it, but again, because I need to know what’s the hell the frontman is going on about. Never mind. The ending section of ‘Sasquashed’ is either horrifying or hilarious. I can’t work out which. I mean the samples of people saying things like ‘what are we going to do???’ sure sound scary in theory, but – and this may make me sound like a bad person – I did lol. It’s a shame how there weren’t more samples in other tracks. 

In conclusion, I don’t THINK these guys are being serious with their music, to me it sounds like a lot of fun. If they are, they have failed spectacularly, but again, they can’t be, surely. The riffs are pretty much all cliched, but again… fun. The sheer number of riffs found in the album has to outweigh the fact that they’re mostly rather basic. There must be hundreds! Don’t get me wrong, the drums sound perfectly fine, if anything, they compliment the super chunky guitars very nicely. Some shred guitar solos would be very much appreciated by me at least, but there are some short drum solos and plenty of OTT fills. Not exactly an outstanding album, but definitely worth checking out.


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Tracklisting:

01. What’s Eating You
02. Speed Kills
03. Found Guilty in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit for Shooting a Man Wearing a Bigfoot Costume
04. Sasquashed
05. Dyatlov
06. Assault by Cleft Foot Malformation Trampled Under (Big)Foot
07. Thin the Herd
08. Meat Your Maker

Band line-up:

Chris Wilson – Drums
Mike Flores – Bass
Brandon Mitchell – Bass
Michael Langner – Guitars
Jeff Sisson – Vocals

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