ALBUM REVIEW: Vitriol – To Bathe From The Throat Of Cowardice

Release Date: September 6th 2019
Label: Century Media Records
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If you’re looking for full-on, uncompromising, guttural, heavy as hell death metal, then Vitriol may just be your next favourite band, because – above all else – what they succeed in doing is producing the utmost amount of noise and ear-bleeding ferocity.

This might sound like heaven for death metal aficionados, but unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be an awful lot else to analyse on their new record, ‘To Bathe From The Throat Of Cowardice’.

You’ll certainly take note as the record kicks into life with opening track, ‘The Parting Of A Neck’ delivering an impactful, ferocious onslaught from the off. The guitar work adds a fair bit of dark harmony to the heaviness, but it’s difficult to underpin this amongst the ensuing chaos with countless riffs and pinch harmonics flying around with reckless abandon.

‘Crowned In Retaliation’ contains riffs which are the only audible highlight, strewn across blast beats and a vocal attack from Adam Roethlisberger that’s monotone and devoid of any sort of uniqueness, while the lumbering melodic riff that brings ‘Legacy Of Contempt’ to a finale does pique the atmosphere somewhat, making it feel more in keeping with traditional groove metal.

But, let’s get this straight – this isn’t a cheerful record. There’s a level of dissonance which permeates the album for the duration of its runtime that’s almost uncomfortable to bear; it’s almost a record that one would advise to listen to in segments, woe the person that does try to listen to this in one complete playthrough.

Point in case comes from ‘The Rope Calls You Brother’, which spreads a level of pure misery and dread running all the way through the song which blends into a sea of white noise if listened to for any length of time.

Vitriol aren’t particularly doing anything new on ‘To Bathe From The Throat Of Cowardice’, and what they are doing is relatively unpalatable in the main. It may suit some people, but the lack of dynamics, incomprehensible song structure, and forgettable nature will probably put off most people who experience it.