Descent thrash has had a thankful resurgence in recent years; Iron Reagan with their fun crossover brilliance, and Power Trip with a critically acclaimed album last year. Thankfully, Mammoth Grinder only consists of members from these two bands. They've been belting out death metal inflected thrash for about 10 years, but with the great impact their other projects have had, this album will hopefully be appreciated by a larger, deserving audience.
Mammoth Grinder don't make you wait long to be bludgeoned by their incredibly ripping sound. Album opener, Grimmenstein has a brief moment of cosmic synths, before some brief pounding of the drums set up crusty low end bass judders and wailing, distorted guitar pairing up for a brilliantly bloody death metal sound. Vocalist ... has some excellent reverb to his voice, so when his low and rasping growl drives in, it really sounds like a demon thrashing out inside a cavernous hell-scape.
The band continue on for a blistering 29 minutes of fast paced and relentless riffage and rage.
Perhaps the only thing missing from this album is some more space sounds and synths; after all, the album is called Cosmic Crypt. This is such a minor detail to notice though! Mammoth Grinder have put together a superbly epic, dirty death metal album written with the spirit of punk and riding on a hellish current of thrash metal. I can only assume that the devil himself would be rocking out to this, horns aloft, adorning his favourite blood soaked battle jacket.
Mammoth Grinder return after five long years with their fourth full-length Cosmic Crypt, a non-stop, meteoric force of aggression and mayhem. Self-recorded by the band at Trax East in South River, NJ, mixed by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Sepultura, Inquisition) and mastered by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind, Cosmic Crypt is an 11 track slab of primitive, punk-inflected death metal. Frontman Chris Ulsh (Power Trip, Impalers) recruited Mark Bronzino (Iron Reagan) and Ryan Parrish (Iron Reagan, ex-Darkest Hour) to take Mammoth Grinder to new heights of misanthropic rage and blazing songcraft! Features stunning cover art from the legendary Joe Petagno (Motorhead, Autopsy, Angelcorpse, Pink Floyd).