Before I go to sleep at night, reading is typically the last thing I do. The current book is Don’t Try This At Home by Dave Navarro. There was a conversation in that book about Steve Vai. Mr. Vai is a very divisive figure in the musical world. That’s not to be meant as an insult. It’s just that there are a few camps here.
Anyway, The Cawling hail from one of the four countries in the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland. This part of the UK, along with Wales, is sort of, behind a curtain for me, so it’s nice to see behind the veil. Our friends are one of the many metal slashers in the world. They’re Doom Slash death metal. We’re going to ignore the fact that all metal is really doom slash something.
What The Crawling have done is taken the strongest elements of these two types of metal and welded them into something new. Coincidentally, the strongest parts of Doom Metal cancel out the weakest parts of Death Metal and vice versa.
Death Metal, by and large, is monotonous and Doom Metal, by and large, lacks serious aggression. By taking the aggression of Death Metal and the progressiveness of Doom Metal, The Crawling have birthed a spectacular album.
The doom waves splash over the crunch death metal riffs. As Metallica taught us all, the double bass pedal isn’t non de rigueur. Blast beats are like vibrato on the guitar, they’re accents, not words.
Anatomy of Loss has already secured its place in my personal Top Ten of 2017 and this is their debut.