Originally known as Anthropophagy, Skeletal Remains are from the USA and harbour a classic death metal sound, like Scream Bloody Gore era-Death, and European bands like Pestilence (‘Chronic Infection’ is covered on this release). ‘Traumatic Existence’ engages a harsh reality; its sound does not rely on modern technology or practices, the result is therefore brilliant! There are reverb led vocals akin to some Swedish bands (Morbus Chron) that give each track a truly torturous ambience, and I mean that in a good way, some other major influence for me would have include Master in the way that Skeletal Remains deliver their music, it is raw and it is essential. The guitar solos are insanely technical, fast and then the song writing prowess comes into force. These howling lines are slowed quickly to a snail’s pace to give the music further impact; some thought has clearly gone into the arrangement. ‘Sub-Zero Termination’ begins with some uber technical guitar underpinned with bass riffs that are buried beneath more vocal reverb chaos. The introduction of different time signatures, and left to right speaker output sounds in the mix gives more musical character combining a listening experience whilst creating a torrid stark atmosphere reminiscent of many other leaders in this field.
This release comfortably fits into the classic early US and Swedish Old School Scenes, one or two markers are taken from other European countries, but in general, for a demo, a debut effort, this is the kind of music that would have propelled them the superstardom had it been the late 1980’s, and in 2012 this still has the same impact and vibrancy that I would have felt back then. Skeletal Remains are a fresh sheet of filthy death metal, ‘Desolate Isolation’ is begging you to pick it up and destroy your speakers with a recording that gives life to old dogs (in spirit not age) and will certainly retain a younger following for its shear aggressive and haunting aspect in the recording, something that is sometimes missed by the current generation of bands, I cannot wait for the full length release that’s coming later this year.