Dead Neanderthals – Craters
Impending doom penetrates all Dead Neanderthals survey on the apocalyptic “Craters”. Heavy atmospheres lead the way for Dead Neanderthals draw upon a wide swath of styles: from droning metal to rather experimental jazz, the sound is a ferocious one. Quite satisfyingly, Dead Neanderthals take their time in delving into such a dark brooding world. Melody, rhythm, these are all but afterthoughts. Truly the focus of the sound is how it evolves in a loose and rather living way.
A growling bassline introduces the piece. From there things start to swim through vast seas of distortion. Rather gargantuan in scope the song sprawls out into an endless variety of ways. Layer upon layer of sound come together to create something of pure uncut panic. The threat level increases in scope. On the first quarter of the piece the brutality of the work is unfettered. Gradually the piece builds up the intensity for the blowout that occurs about halfway through the piece when the bass grows ever more surreal. Screeching, piercing noises dominates the sound as it evolves into an all-consuming din. By the last quarter, the texture has once more changed, this time returning to the primal rumbling that first introduced the piece. Unlike the opening, this time the bass gains greater strength, at times nearly flirting with the concept of a groove. Upon the very last moments of the piece it simply all fades away.
Dead Neanderthals cuts to the very bone on the chilling beauty of “Craters”.