If you aren't familiar with Pennsylvania's SIGNS OF THE SWARM, there's a good chance you've either been living under a rock recently or just haven't been paying enough attention. They are a five piece band that blends all the best elements of slam and death metal and form one epic, overwhelming pounding for your ear drums. They recently released a very anticipated and disgustingly heavy record - "The Disfigurement of Existence" - and I haven't been able to shut it off since the second I got my hands on it. Signs Of The Swarm pushed familiar boundries on this one to create an almighty soundtrack of pure and utter brutality.
The album kicks off with "Cesspool of Ignorance," which fans were introduced to as a tease of the album prior to release. Its quiet and gentle lead-in quickly turns to chaos as the instruments begin to kick in to a pure headbang fest. And as the vocals join in to bring it all together, you'll quickly come to learn just how filthy SOTS are about to get. It's fast, it's heavy, and its relentless in its delivery. The sub-genre labels are certainly blurred as slam-style vocals ring out over deathcore breakdowns, and that's just one example. Across this record, you'll find the band explore all sorts of different sub-genres of metal and creatively combine them into beautiful chaos. "Lifeless Visitors" has to be one of my personal favorites off this album - it's got an eerie undertone as brutality reigns over it, and if you're not listening to this with headphones on, this would be the time to throw 'em on to best experience this. "Embedded In Fear" is one of my other personal favorites on The Disfigurement of Existence; as the song picks up and the vocals get louder, the guitars and drums pound and pound and pound away before leading into one of the records sickest breakdowns. It's a shining example of amazing modern day death metal, and I can only hope listeners will take the time to sit down and really listen to all that is going on throughout this record. The talent of these five young dudes is incredibly underrated and this album would be a shame for fans of extreme music to pass up. Other sick, notable tracks include "Final Phase," "Descending Into Despair," and of course the instrumental track "Guided Into Serenity," which I can't help but feel has a black metal feel to it in the second half of the track. Everytime this song plays in my countless playthroughs of this album, I am literally left in awe of this song and can't believe how incredibly done this was.
There's been a fucking ton of great new releases this year, but few have been as innovative and damning as "The Disfigurement of Existence." This is a genre-defying, sent from hell masterpiece of metal, and you'd be a fool to not give this record the time of day it deserves. Signs Of The Swarm are clearly here to take over your scene, and we can only hope it fucking happens. Don't sleep on this album.
Check out the video below for "Cesspool of Ignorance" and if you like what you hear, be sure to grab yourself a copy of "The Disfigurement of Existence."