Review: Resin Tomb ‘Cerebral Purgatory’

If you are after something to shake off the New Year cobwebs with and wish to seriously hurt your ear drums whilst annoying everyone else around you, then the highly anticipated full-length debut album from Aussie death, grind and blackened sludge maestros Resin Tomb might be just what the doctor ordered.

Resin Tomb 'Cerebral Purgatory' Artwork
Resin Tomb ‘Cerebral Purgatory’ Artwork

The five-piece from Brisbane gave the world notice when they released the single Human Confetti back in September last year via Transcending Obscurity Records, and it’s a full-on assault on your senses with their unique sound, a cohesive mix of dissonant death metal, gravelly grind and thick blackened sludge, emanating from every note and bead of sweat from their brows. They followed this up with the next single Purge Fluid which provides another three-minute insight into their thinking and music adventure, and the riffs from guitarist Brendan Auld and Matt Gordon are simply too heavy to ignore.

The album, Celebral Purgatory, is a collection of eight songs which has given the band creative licence to do their own thing and veer into whatever direction they feel like, with opening track Dysphoria giving you a bloodied nose from the very beginning, before the pummelling just continues, so much so that your body will ache afterwards. It’s an album that just keeps on giving with Matt Budge straining his vocal cords at every opportunity.

stuffed to the brim with tantalizing riffs and skull splintering breakdowns keeping the music taut and explosive…

With a couple of well received EPs under their belts, this is a big moment for Resin Tomb, as their abrasive sound is written to keep the listener on the edge as they explore a myriad of possibilities with songs like Flesh Brick and the title track Cerebral Purgatory stuffed to the brim with tantalizing riffs and skull splintering breakdowns keeping the music taut and explosive.

One thing that impresses me about the music is that across the songs, how effortlessly the band infuse atmosphere and intrigue into their jagged sound. Scalded is a fine example of this and alongside Concrete Crypt, sees a darker, sinister side to the band and allows their harsh, coarse sound to flow throughout.

As debut albums go, it’s an impressive beginning and should go some way in cementing the name of Resin Tomb in the minds of many more twisted souls.

Label: Transcending Obscurity Records
Band Links: Facebook | Bandcamp | Spotify | Instagram

Scribed by: Matthew Williams