After 25 years of playing punishing black/death metal, Vahrzaw have really had enough of the bullshit associated with producing albums, and even EPs. Thus, Husk will likely be the band’s final recording. Nevertheless, it’s a fiery and distracting piece of blackened death metal – so distracting, in fact, that it’s sure to have millennials re-thinking their urge to hit the skip button like hyperactive kids on typewriters.
Old, bitter, late to parties, and with one foot in a filthy grave, Vahrzaw continue doing what they’ve always done here, unleashing jackhammering torrents of filth ‘n’ fury delivered with unrelenting intensity and devastating precision. With Husk, it’s a culmination of all that’s come before in the band’s discography – particularly their second album, 2014’s Twin Suns & Wolves’ Tongues, released on wider CD format via Blood Harvest – but also suggestive of where they could’ve gone next, such as the ominous downtempo dirges, which beautifully set the stage for that patented Vahrzaw bazooka-blown speed-attack.
Tired of trends and half-hearted “extreme metal”? Want ugly music for ugly people by ugly people? Then dive into the 36 throttling minutes of Husk and hail the legacy that is Vahrzaw!
1. The Traveller
2. Fiends in the Aether
3. Black Night by Firelight
4. The King in Yellow
5. The Epitaph of Garmonbozia (Part I & II)
6. House of the Red & White Lions
7. Kneel Kiss Kill