Crowpath - One With Filth
11 songs (31:28)
Release year: 2008
Crowpath, Willowtip
Reviewed by Khelek

Crowpath play a complex sort of grindcore/death metal that also has some progressive influences. This is the third studio album by the Swedes and features a seemingly more thought-out sound than a lot of grindcore out there. That's not to say that their music isn't quick, brutal, and vicious to the ears. I assure you it is. However, it is also more refined and easier to listen to. Now I know that statement is already sending warning signals to grindcore fans out there, but bear with me. Most of the songs are short and sweet, between one and three minutes, with the five-minute long epic Cleansed In Chlorine the only track to make it past four minutes. One thing I truly enjoyed about this album is that it never really stops. The songs just start and end abruptly with little or no warning. However, one thing I noticed while listening to these transitions is that whether the next song is faster or slower, it still seems natural for the most part and does not jolt me out of the atmosphere of the album. This kind of cohesion is found on far too few extreme metal releases.

The first track, One With Filth, is quite enjoyable. It’s groovy, very brutal, and gets to the point. The growled vocals of Henrik Ivarsson are mostly indistinguishable, but you can make out a few words from time to time, which I personally like. Where Dolls Do Sin starts out very heavy and melodic, almost sounding like something I'd hear at the beginning of a God Dethroned song. Then the vocals roar in with some guttural growls, however I'm beginning to notice that the mix puts the instruments a bit louder than the vocals, which I don’t find particularly appealing. Fondling The Grotesque starts out fast, but the tempo changes constantly throughout the song, creating an interesting if somewhat dizzying sound at times. The (mostly) instrumental track I Gryningen creates a very dark and scary atmosphere and fits nicely in the middle of all the fast-paced madness. The Deed is another song with decent musical qualities: driving guitar riffs and eclectic drum work. Unfortunately the instruments again overshadow much of the vocal talents of Henrik Ivarsson. At this point I'm actually starting to wonder if the band is trying to focus the attention of the listener on the instruments or if they're trying to distract from the vocalist. If the former, I can understand sentiments like these, but what is grindcore without a vocalist who sounds like his voice box is caught in a wood chipper? If the latter, then they did a pretty good job because it is difficult to tell what he sounds like through the wall of sound. However, what I do hear does not sound terrible. Then again I could be completely wrong about the motivations behind this production style. I have to mention the final track, Retarded Angel, simply because it is hilarious. The 'song' is basically just some slow drumming and a heavily and eerily distorted guitar that sounds like it could have quite possibly been played by, that's right, a retarded angel. Brilliant. This album has certainly gotten me interested in Crowpath. Their sound is fast and brutal, while also containing elements of groove and even a bit of catchiness from time to time. The biggest plus is that the album fits together as a whole and keeps you interested from beginning to end.

Killing Songs :
Where Dolls Do Sin, The Deed, Septic Monarch, Retarded Angel, but honestly the album should be listened to as a whole
Khelek quoted 79 / 100
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