April 26th, 2011
Release length: 17:44
While “Into Battle (Intro)” does what it sets out to do by weaving an atmosphere of war that emenates from the very start of the track, it isn’t under the firey and tenacious Death Metal of the title track “Bodyfarm” that the group’s potential genuinely shines through. The aggressive and fast paced music is complimented by a well rounded vocal approach that varies in gutteral performance from deeper to higher forceful pitches. The drums keep the speed going with solid mixtures throughout the kit, and the bass driven guitars have a great edge to them while being a little more intricate, but retaining a more Swedish Death Metal approach similar to that of bands like Dismember and Bloodbath. The following track “Final Redemption” clinches this with a song that will have “Eaten” by Bloodbath chanting away in the back of your head thanks to the slower aggression and anger of the track feeling similar to that song, but overall not coming close to being a carbon copy of the track. The music in general here feels more chugging then fast in pace and lacking fury, but overall still remains heavy, a little more complex, aiding to a very commanding atmosphere to the recording.
There’s no room to complain about Bodyfarm, as the music here is simply intense from start to finish, and just very well done. The production is just muddy enough to give it a nice little edge without it being too digital and clear, and the songs on here all just drip with aggression. The only track on this EP that didn’t really seem to stand out as much was “Heartraped”, but that is more because the song’s chorus feels like something one might hear in a Metalcore or not-as-brutal Deathcore act, leaving it to feel a little out of place compared to “Bodyfarm” and even “Slaves of War”, another slower track like “Final Redemption” that focuses on chugging guitars, which really stands out for the intimidating vibe the music manages to give off from the heavy, somewhat complex guitars that are aided well with a heavy bass presence. The music of “Slaves of War” also features some passages that genuinely sound like moments where you should marching that will instinctively have you banging your head along with the crushing music whether you want to or not.
Overall, Bodyfarm is a solid nearly eighteen Death Metal romp. Each track on here shows off the abilites of the band nicely, but leaves you with the feeling this is only the tip of the iceburg and that there’s more to explore for this group. Bodyfarm definitely sound like a very mature and professional group already, and with this demo release, it’s no wonder the group was signed as quickly as they were. There’s no reason whatsoever to pass up this EP, and if you do for some reason then you’re a fool. If you’re looking for solid uncompromising Death Metal then Bodyfarm is where you should start looking.
01. Into Battle (Intro) – 1:32
02. Bodyfarm – 3:44
03. Final Redemption – 3:59
04. Heartraped – 3:53
05. Slaves of War – 4:34
|Overall Score: 9.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Abyss Records via Clawhammer PR.