Post Mortal Archives
Polished, brutal and absolutely terrifying
Metalheads of the 90s would know of Aussie act, Damaged, fronted by vocalist James Ludbrook and drummer extremist Matt 'Skitz' Sanders. After the demise of Damaged in 2004, this duo would form the very short lived Walk The Earth with ex-Superheist guitarist and producer to the Aussie metal stars, DW Norton. Now, the pair's history continues as Ludbrook and Sanders team up with guitarist Fanza O'Grady and bassist Dave Byrne in Terrorust, which essentially carries on in the duo's previously established extreme metal vein.
It's a slow road over which Illuminazi builds, but when the time comes, it launches into a ferocious metal attack not too dissimilar to what we have heard from Ludbrook and Skitz in Damaged. The cacophony continues with the furious barrage of The New Catholicon and the equally unforgiving Hunting Humans, the latter of which the word 'brutal' barely begins to describe even through the mid paced change-up thrown down in the second half. The album is littered with bizarre, sinister soundscapes and Farmacyst is another that is ushered in this way before some truly guttural death growls offer a balanced contrast to Ludbrook's midrange bark.
Terrorust continue to unleash their hate metal with the furiously excellent For All Those Who Lied and the sombre piano led title track, Post Mortal Archives, which soon becomes yet another relentless aural assault in typical Terrorust style. There's a veritable mish-mash of tempos and styles from here on in. Godslayer, Ritual Scapegoat and the outstanding Gut The Worms all show a more diverse side to the quartet delivering some much needed variation after the relentless auditory assault early on. Rounding things out is the appropriately titled Vengeance March which is exactly as the name suggests, and an interesting yet fitting way to wind the album down.
Sometimes, I think it can be difficult to truly describe an album. Sure, you can use a bucket load of adjectives and in some cases, a heap of words that most won't be able to pronounce let alone understand. But in this instance, it really is difficult to communicate just how crushing this album is. Post Mortal Archives is intense, vicious, diverse, insane and deadly. You won't be disappointed.