Tales From Bandcamp: Beastwars – Blood Becomes Fire
Posted by Reggie
Beastwars blasts us from the bottom of the world with killer riffs in the vein of some bands you may like – Kyuss, Neurosis, High on Fire, and Godflesh. If these artists satisfy your fancy, you may want to check this out. My first impression is this is just sick! As soon as the opening track kicked off I knew I was going to sink up to my neck in sludge…dirty, filthy, sludge. And, as far as I am concerned, it’s a good thing. Dune starts off the 10-track album with beautifully revolting vocals and downright dirty riffs and muddy bass. In case you are wondering, there are drums that keep things moving along at a nice slurry pace. This New Zealand quartet definitely reached the bottom of the pit to find the right melody for their album, Blood Becomes Fire.
Their Bandcamp site allows us to sample five of the ten tracks which are a fairly consistent set of songs. It’s hard to complain about getting to listen to half the album as a sampler. The sick vocals I described earlier clean up somewhat here and there. On Caul of Time (video below), they are a tad cleaner than on their opening track, Dune, which can be mostly unintelligible at times…not that it depreciates the value of the song. It’s a perfect vocals style for the song. I like the variance with the vocals even though the overall range is not that disproportionate from song to song. Tower of skulls is more melodic and does speed up a little bit in the latter half of the song with a cool rhythmic cadence. Realms is another beast of a track to sample-before-you-buy. It’s mostly full of chunk with lyrics that are easier to decipher than some of the other tracks.
Overall, the mesh of Doom, Stoner, and Sludge make for an enjoyable listen. There are enough tempo adjustments to give each song a distinct feel while making the listener feel nice and dirty after a solid listen. The first five tracks available now are enough to warrant a purchase at a time to be determined in the near future. Blood Becomes Fire is a well-crafted piece of work…and my door to this style of metal keeps getting wider and wider.