Honored By Fire
Label: EVIL UNITED
Given seasoned players who've done time in musicianly units from Riot to Watchtower, it's no surprise this raw-meat-and-potatoes, San Antonio/Austin metal fivesome keeps things moving, shaking, shifting and itching -- sometimes at torturous thrash tempos (in "Ripping Flesh" and "Mind Over Pain"). The foundation of "Ghost Crushed" is math rock verging on technical death metal; three brief instrumentals show a feel for the pastoral and foghorns as well. Add Jason McMaster's strange, hysterical, sinus-shredding yelp and you've got one grower of an album, no matter how cryptic its apocalypse is.