Bear Mace

Butchering the Colossus

Independent

Release Date: March 1, 2017

https://bearmace.bandcamp.com/ 

You know, Death Metal can be hard to enjoy. I don’t mean that as a knock against it particularly, it’s just a genre of music that lives and breathes ugly and that can get boring fast. Fortunately, the guys in Bear Mace are channeling their inner Bolt Thrower and offering up 8 slabs of guttural goodness on Butchering the Colossus. All 8 slabs are firm reminders of what Death Metal is capable of when it is placed in able hands. 

Butchering the Colossus is a beast of an album from start to finish. “Death of a Constellation” kicks it all off with wailing lead guitars entrenched in buzzsaw rhythms and circle pit backbeats dabbled with deep, guttural growls that remind me of early Chris Barnes. The album continues to plod and gargle itself along in archetypical fashion before it really whips itself into a frenzy with the title track. Here we begin to see what this band can REALLY do. The drumming drives everything forward, playing off-rhythm to the guitars and letting the clear and succinct lead work shine its way through the fog. When the vocals kick in though, it’s down to business in a way that nearly made me start a circle pit around my computer. By the time you reach the album’s final tracks (my personal favorites) “Wheel of Despair” and “Anguirus the Destroyer” the band is almost in Death N’ Roll mode, finding a dark, heavy groove to dig into and letting everything burst forth from that dank pit. “Wheel of Despair” is particularly dynamic with a lot of times changes and a more epic feel than most of the other tracks. 

It’s been awhile since a Death Metal band even caught my attention, let alone melted my face off. Bear Mace are pretty awesome though and I am thoroughly impressed by the level of songwriting these guys offer up on Butchering the Colossus. If you like it old school (Think early Obituary, early Cannibal Corpse, Vomitorial Corpulence, or Bolt Thrower) then you should check these guys out.

Reviewed by mark 1340

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