|Depressive Black Metal, Horror Punk
May 23rd, 2012
Release length: 13:58
In keeping with their major influences, Beastmilk utilize a rather raw production quality that accentuates a colder tone, as well as a more serious b-grade Horror vibe, or a desolate one like with “Children of the Atom Bomb.” The bass sticks out the most on the recording, and really helps to make the music what it is. The deeper tones of the instrument are really loud, acting as more than just deeper support for the main chords that add to the depressive and liquid-like state of the music, feeding the atmosphere with a brilliant chill. The drums have a nice thud that stands out much like the bass guitar, and the snares echo nicely when hit, having a tighter sound to them while a little further in the mix. The cymbals sound much lower, and sometimes can actually come off like they were recorded on tape and there’s a skip in there somewhere to give it a worn analog feel. It’s obviously just from how distant and muffled they are, but it really works out for the better and helps to set the tone of the current underground sound with the time period of the early Horror Punk movement.
For the most part, that’s exactly what this EP captures. “Void Mother” has a strong Misfits and Danzig approach to it, and it sounds great. The deeper vocal performance matches the general gloom and overly raw production traits, while the catchy music really utilizes the louder bass to hook the listener by the juggular, making him or her want to move along with the mid-tempo rhythm obediently. “Red Majesty” is another unique track here, but for completely different reasons. This song does hold an early Punk sound to it, but also manages a Depressive Black Metal foundation that clearly stems from Code influence. The sinister tone of the music from the sharper riffs and venomous aggressive material with epic Bathory-like foundation handled with Horror Punk hands really makes it a ritualistic offering that simply needs to be heard, as well as pays great homage to the source material that inspired such a composition.
Unfortunately, that’s about all the unique material here. Both “Children of the Atom Bomb” and “Forever Animal” are good Horror Punk styled songs, but are far less original to the group, holding a strong Dead Kennedys style, or other similar groups to it that just feels too obvious. Of course, these are far from bad, but they clash a bit with the established atmosphere, having a dark tone, but still a bit more upbeat in comparison. When you sit down and listen to the whole thing, thanks to how the songs are spaced out, it all still works. If you’re a fan of the group’s previous works, or just enjoy music that really takes advantage of environments established by music through either the Punk or Black Metal styles, Use Your Deluge is worth checking out. It drips with the necessary atmosphere to pull both the horrorific and depressive qualities of the band’s influences and output to the forefront of the recording, as well as to give you a reason to spend fourteen minutes of your life making yourself aware of Beastmilk‘s very existence.
01. Void Mother
02. Children of the Atom Bomb
03. Forever Animal
04. Red Majesty
|Overall Score: 8.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Svart Records via Infektion PR.