Visceral Throne - Those Who Have Fallen Beyond The Grace Of God

Evansville, Indiana’s Visceral Throne have returned with a new EP entitled “Those Who Have Fallen Beyond The Grace Of God”. What you have here is a slab of some pretty straight forward, brutal as all hell, grinding death metal. From the intro to the ending Internal Suffering cover tune, it is right in your face ready to steamroll over anything in its path. Now, I must say that this is far from perfect with a few production issues and a vocal issue, but at the end of the day the sheer brutality of this EP makes up for what it lacks in other areas. This was my introduction to the band and what an introduction it was! You usually don’t see black and white covers depicting winged demons attacking churches and people as it would be typical to think that that would be reserved for bands of a black metal type nature. Well, this is one area where the band definitely breaks a stereotype. It also goes back to that old saying that you can’t judge a book by its cover. The music was another thing. I was not ready for this. Not by a long shot.

Music wise, the mixture of vibes and influences extend a little farther than just the bands label of brutal death metal. Musically, it’s like a mixture of Jungle Rot, early Suffocation, Dying Fetus, and Pathology with a little Morbid Angel added to the mix. Also, there seems to be a grindcore type edge to the playing and delivery to the material here. It might be just me, but I feel that it comes from the under-produced snares on the drums. To me it give it that grindcore type vibe. Don’t get me wrong it is a nice vibe and it does fit well with the music, but I just feel that the production on that area of the drum work was a tad substandard compared to the rest of the music. It’s almost like the musical equivalent to poorly photo shopping a picture. The “hollow” sound of the snares kinda throws things off a bit but for what it is it is still quite enjoyable. The guitars Have that technical type of tuning but played in the traditional style of death metal. If I had to make a comparison, I would have to ask you to imagine Malevolent Creation playing Dismember’s “Like An Everflowing Stream” album. The guitars definitely have that “crunch” but with more of an Americanized style of playing. Other than the drum production, my only other complaint here is the vocals. They are brutal as hell, yes, but the poor enunciation of the lyrics does take away a bit from the enjoyment of this EP.

There is no doubt that Visceral Throne will be a force to be reckoned with in the world of underground metal despite the few shortcomings on this release. Like I said, the sheer brutality makes up for what this EP lacks in other areas. Other than this release, the band only has a demo from 2010 and a full length from 2012, so release wise the band has a lot of growing to do. This isn’t the best release, but it isn’t a horrible release and the talent is most definitely there to create something innovative and spectacular. I will definitely be keeping an eye on these guys as I anxiously await what they have to offer in the future.

  1. Those Who Have Fallen Beyond The Grace Of God
  2. Father
  3. The True Sin
  4. Indulgences
  5. Colossal Vortex (cover Internal Suffering)