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Spanspek Album Review: Beastmaker - Lusus Naturae

What's up folks! I'm staying up "late" tonight in an attempt to write two blogs in one week! Can it be done!? You'll only know if I succeed!

And with that, lets talk about the debut album from Fresno doom metal trio BEASTMAKER!
Lusus Naturae (Rise Above Records)

Though they've been on the scene in various incarnations for a number of years, it's only recently that Beastmaker has made some serious waves.  After releasing the You Must Sin EP in 2015, the group was signed by London metal label Rise Above Records. The months that followed, full of shows and recording sessions, have resulted in one of the best and most self assured albums released so far this year.  This ain't no fluke y'all; Beastmaker is the real deal.

The groups main stock in trade is deliberate, meaty rock songs with a heavy dose of horror movie chic. Album opener "Clouds In the Sky" begins with ominous church bells that lead into pummeling riffage and Ozzy Osbourne vocal incantations. "It" similarly traffics in black tar sludgery, wallowing in the gruesome antics of an underground beast.  The merciless dirges are best described as feeling like a WALL OF DEATH. Really folks, if you want to head bang to something that'll be relatively easy on your neck, you have found your ideal band in Beastmaker.

To me though, it's on songs like "Mask of Satan" and "Find the Stranger" that the group really shows its promise. On these, the guitar theatrics of Trevor William Church are like throwing a shitload of gasoline on an open slow burning flame.  The riffs are bracing, and help accentuate the massive chug produced by crucial rhythm section members bassist John Tucker and drummer Andres Alejandro Saldate.  The riffs are also typically followed by slow picked, reverb drenched bridges, which call to mind a frightened "Final Girl", hiding in a closet hoping the relentless murderer in the room doesn't notice. It's a potent combination that plays exceptionally well.

So folks, if you're looking for some music to worship the devil to, you can't do any better than the new joint from Beastmaker. I apologize in advance for encouraging your decent into hell.
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They're on a European tour right now, so be sure to wish them safe travels!


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