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Monday, September 12, 2016

Review: Caffas Rain - Yersinia Pestis

From the thunderous opening of ‘Generation’, to the (dare I say) “infectious grooves” at 1:29 on of ‘Psychopath’, this Dutch Groove-Death Metal group smokes. I am not a fan of this style, but this 5 song EP stands out as a clear signal more pounding is coming.

Lead singer Kay’s vocals are amazing, especially being able to growl like that; I can’t imagine how exhausting studio recording is. To be able to suck and blow at the same time is an art form, add growling and throaty harpoons, and this is cool! The rap at throughout is again, impressive to me, especially mixing it with this genre.

The steadfast hammer-march of ‘Walking Among the Dead” makes this my favourite, even though it is always hard to see the lyrics, even when they appear as dusty pucks on my desktop. Thanks for clearing the dust off my speaker’s guys; not even my Amon Amarth collection can do that!

‘Broken World’ delves into some gritty guitars and good rhythm. Easily my second favourite here, it is perfect for a Road Trip Mixtape. I’d liked to have heard more screams like at: 59 but the subsequent harmonies/chorus are excellent. This is some fantastic playing from everyone on this song and overall. I hear vestiges of old school Macalpine’s Project Driver with the great back beats and crunching axes.

Finally, ‘In The Shadows’ – the “slow” song, finishes with a great musical intro and scares the hell out of you when it suddenly cuts into it. At loud volume, it’s nerve-wracking and causes you to spill your favourite beverage – which, in some circles is sacrilege. Some excellent speed at 2:40 and wished it would have stayed longer.

And my favourite part, according to the CDC homepage, “Plague is a disease that affects humans and other mammals. It is caused by the bacterium, Yersinia pestis. Humans usually get plague after being bitten by a rodent flea that is carrying the plague bacterium or by handling an animal infected with plague”.

I love it when this extra stuff is thrown in!

9/10 !!!

Written by Alessandro

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