Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise
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Despite what you may think about the gimmicky approach, this band is all business. They don’t play parodies of death metal classics, instead focusing on delivering their own songs with an old-school bent to them. None of the technical approach that’s flooding the scene a la Obscura, Necrophagist et al (not to knock that); just riffs that shred and beats that blast so hard your long hair better be windmilling, or you ain’t worthy.
Following on from 2010’s ‘The Weeding’, ‘Beneath….’ is eleven death-metal slammers (and an intro) all in name of the leaf. Whereas previous releases ‘Tube of the Resonated’ and ‘The Weeding’ lifted and twisted song titled directly from Cannibal Corpse, the new album chooses instead to play on Deicide and Morbid Angel titles. The intro, ‘Visions From The Dankside’, sets up perfectly for ‘Lunatic of Pot’s Creation’, and before long, you might well find yourself yelling in unison with the band, particularly during ‘Dead By Bong’, ‘Slave To The Chron’ and the slow groove of the title track’s chorus, pumping your fists in the air and rocking out with reckless abandon. Riffs are tight and killer, the bass is audible and providing perfect groove, and the drums provide suitable momentum at all times.
For all their parodying and silliness, Cannabis Corpse are doing far more than simply paying tribute to old-school death metal, they’ve dragged it into the modern day and are delivering it with aplomb. And it’s incredible to think they were just bassist Phil ‘Landphil’ Hall’s side-project to Municipal Waste a couple of years ago. I think it’s safe to say they sit comfortably alongside Landphil’s main band with their own identity. Put simply, the quality of this album puts this year’s death metal disappointments firmly in the shade, and by golly is it good to see younger bands coming up, taking the mantle and slamming into into several tiny pieces on the pit floor. Get this album and worship the leaf that inspired it.