Lunatic Hooker – Embracing The Filth

Embracing The Filth
Track Listing: 

  1. My God Is Bigger Than Yours
  2. Beard Feared
  3. The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword
  4. Unearthed Dead Children
  5. Embracing The Filth
  6. Blood Eagle
  7. Fucks All
  8. Cult Chaos
  9. Transformation Walrus
  10. See The Light
  11. Spain In The Neck
  12. Sarlac

Rating: 
4

 

With a band name as memorable as that, cover art created by Dan Capp from Winterfylleth that is garish but curiously fitting with the band’s music, my expectations of an equally memorable album was brought to fruition. My investigations into the bands previous recordings revealed a bastardised version of Motorhead’s “We Are The Roadcrew” which is totally corrupted but still stays within the realms of recognition.  A two track demo appeared in 2015 and from those two contaminants a contagion of absolute sonic defilement has been crafted by a band who are angry, very angry to the point of inhuman hostility as they spread their plague via 12 songs that begins with “My God Is Bigger Than Yours”. The bands overall mission statement is deathly grind but added to that fine cauldron of toxicity is sludge based riffing as the song starts slowly initially before an insane blast detonates the song into life with scathing vocals that are spittle laden hatred throughout this album.  

All the band members have been part of previous acts which I feel serves no point listing here as the album continues to spread its toxin with “Beard Feared” a more death metal styled tune initially that had me thinking about Impaled, General Surgery and Exhumed as the song quickly brandishes its grinding credentials on the blast. The sound on this release is borderline suffocating, with the bass creating a miasmic aura under which is the guitar riffing that has a thunderous density alongside the obliterating drum work. There are loads of bands hybridising different genres together in extreme metal and this UK lot do the same by incorporating a sludge like riffing stance typified by “Unearthed Dead Children” that has the intensity of a band like Iron Monkey due to its slow punishing pace before unleashing a monumental blast phase with the vocals becoming ever more deranged and maniacal.

The title track has a resonating bass undercurrent with mixed vocal styles of deathly growls and insane battery acid gargling screeches as the songs initial blast flurry is tempered down into a quagmire riff, that drools slowly before catapulting the track back into the grinding. “Fucks All” is a ruthless assault, the vocals leading the way with a venomous delivery before slowing the song down into a gnarly death metal beat. There is a grisly, visceral aura about this album that isn’t solely down to the intensity of the music, there is a palpable ethos of terror embedded into the songs that is fundamentally malignant as “Transformation Walrus” so perfectly demonstrates with its outright and utterly murderous intent. 

After the short sample, “See The Light” has a rhythmic pulverising pulse on the double kick with mixed vocal styles as the song ploughs headlong without mercy using the double bass as a jackhammer to beat you into submission now that you’ve become truly infested with Lunatic Hooker’s sonic disease. The song even has a fine lead break which I didn’t expect as the song leads nicely into “Spain In The Neck” that has a slaughterous riff initially that enables the blasting ferocity to become almost uncontrollable right up to the point when the song jarringly halts the onslaught for that slower sludge riffing style that works so damn effectively. The longest song, “Sarlac”, ends this ordeal deploying the sluggish riffing as the song suddenly drops into an ultra-slow behemothic crevasse of sludge, cloying at the listener with ghoulish vocals and those discordant screeches that work so well. The song is colossal, mountainous even, as the song continues to inundate the listener with a surge of pervasive auditory malady from which there is no return. 

Sometimes you get an extreme metal album that is so pernicious that it makes you sit, riveted to your seat unable to escape what in essence is an auditory affront on your body and mind leaving you without doubt that you’ve heard one of the most depraved yet sonically satisfying albums that will be released this year.

Label Name: 
Black Bow Records