Metal Hammer (UK)

CREEPING DEATH

Wretched Illusions EONE

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Texan death meltallers tap into the Stockholm spirit

Despite name-checking one of thrash’s biggest hits, this Texan quartet take their musical cues from Swedish-style death metal with a dash of US hardcore thuggery and the grim pedigree of early Sepultura. After kicking off in violent fashion with Ripping Through Flesh’s percussive battering and riffs that swing like a colossal pendulum, Wretched Illusions

maintains a robust intensity throughout its 10 tracks. A production job that’s both grizzly and transparen­t does wonders for Reese Alavi’s guttural bellow and helps tracks like the Bolt Thrower-esque World Decay

and militarist­ic stomp of Corroded sound imperious, while the fiendish riffs and frantic snare of Peeled From Reality is Stockholm death metal at its most nefarious. ■■■■■■■■■■

FOR FANS OF: Bloodbath, Bolt Thrower, Grave

ADAM REES

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