‘The Right to Crawl’ oozes into existence with a ten tonne slab of a doom riff leading to the misanthropic hatred of the lyrics – gutturally growled (while never losing any of their comprehensibility) and often black as well as death metal influenced. The band are tight as fuck and the clear, powerful production translates the crushing slow Death/Doom sonic attack of The Crawling perfectly.
‘End of the Rope’ follows and further reveals the core themes of the bands music; despair and anguish. The literacy of the lyrics is a really strong feature throughout. Here, a fairly clear narrative combines with a poetically cryptic expression and traverse’s dark worlds haunted by suicidal phantoms.
‘Catatonic’ opens with rolling thunder and tolling guitar and bass culminating in a roar and grinding misery and the contempt for humanity that is integral within The Crawling’s output so far. If ‘In Light of Dark Days’ is anything to go by this Irish trio should go from strength to strength and I will certainly be following their dark journey.