Metal Review – Earth Eater: Witnessed

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Earth Eater: Witnessed
Grindcore, Hardcore, Punk
Self-release
June 23rd, 2014
Release length: 20:08
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Earth Eater is a Grindcore/Hardcore five-piece based out of Seattle, Washington. For 2014, the group entered The Kill Room with producer Jeff McNulty to record their debut outing Witnessed, which was mastered by Phil Petrocelli from Soultheft_Labs. The just over twenty minute offering has since been made available on their official Bandcamp account as a “name your price” download, but is it even worth the cost of nothing but your time?

Witnessed sounds a bit raw, though still bulky enough to assert the Hardcore authority when needed, though the nasal shouting can take a bit to get use to outside the Grindcore heavy cut. “Stockholm Syndrome” has plenty of blast beats that hammer away. These cave to some mid-tempo grooves that are as catchy as they are simpler, coming to a crawl that acts more like a slam than your traditional breakdown. “War All the Time” finds the guitars and bass galloping along, returning a mix of the two aforementioned genres with a grinding blast a minute in. “San Andreas Blessing” is a little more technical for the first half, which lets the drumming really stand out until things shift to more of an upbeat Punk vibe that captures the So-Cal atmosphere quite well. But it’s “Angry Skies” that stands out the most with it’s aggressive introduction that finds a frostbitten Black Metal presence to the last third of the cut. Whether it was intentional or not, it sounds perfectly natural thanks to that slight analog output.

Earth Eater is clearly not a one genre tag kind of group. The roughly twenty minutes of material here show traces of the various styles the five members enjoy. Well, that or it’s just a happy accident. But with these varying shifts in music known, the group’s main Grindcore and Hardcore elements really don’t set them apart that much. That being said, Witnessed does manage to hit fans of the genre with a hefty dose of hostility, loyalty, and even a promise that Earth Eater may take the potential found on these nine tracks and mature into something much more powerful.

01. Angry Skies – 2:30
02. Trapped – 0:55
03. War All the Time – 1:45
04. Stockholm Syndrome – 3:18
05. Stay Complacent – 2:37
06. San Andreas Blessing – 1:22
07. Earth Eater – 3:42
08. Bloody Hands – 1:36
09. Death Ritual – 2:23
Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10

Earth Eater
Earth Eater

Digital review copy of this release provided by Earth Eater.