Vancouver, BC based death metal band AUROCH have slowly been gaining recognition as one of Canada’s most active death metal bands since their release of their “Taman Shud” LP from 2014. Since then the death metal power-trio, comprised of vocalist/guitarist Sebastian Montesi (who is the bassist/vocalist of MITOCHONDRION), vocalist/bassist Shawn Haché (who is the vocalist/guitarist of MITOCHONDRION) and drummer Zack Chandler, have been active on the live circuit consistently (through various shows, tours and festivals in the US and Canada, including a recent US tour and an appearance at this year’s Maryland Deathfest, and a European tour under their belt likewise with appearances at such festivals as Killtown and Incubate), had their debut album “From Forgotten Worlds” re-issued earlier this year via 20 Buck Spin and most-recently had their split/collab 7”EP with their co-conspirator sister band MITOCHONDRION come out via Dark Descent.
Now the enveloping shadow of dark death metal chaos looms with AUROCH’s new album “Mute Books” which will reveal itself as the band’s darkest, most brutal, complex, and musically virulent release to date, carrying the innovative Canadian death metal tradition laid down by the likes of Gorguts, Cryptopsy (nothing past “None So Vile”!), Kataklysm (nothing past “Temple Of Knowledge” of course!), and more recently through the likes of MITOCHONDRION and CHTHE’ILIST respectively.
With the songwriting on “Mute Books” reaching a new plateau in technicality and over-the-top dynamics along with a new achievement in production and sound courtesy of producer/engineer Arthur Rizk (PRURIENT, PISSGRAVE, Inquisition, Black Twilight Circle, Power Trip), AUROCH have cast their most ferocious undertaking yet; one of the darkest, most violent, whirlwind-like bizarre monuments of alchemic death metal of the year.
21st century death metal has a tough job getting "the hook" right. Brutality, technicality: there is no secret formula to that first 60 seconds but "immediate" is one tack the bold employ, and cratsmen as skilled as BI reap rewards with it. An absolute masterclass in how to deliver a debut full-length, _Starspawn_ stands among maybe half a dozen DM records that offer the same what-the-fuck-is-this? feeling that _Altars of Madness_ had upon its releease 30 years ago. Paul Schwarz
Listening to this, I felt as though roots had grown up from the Abyss, burrowed through the soles of my feet into my veins, and proceeded to syphon my soul down into a putrid cavernous expanse where, in the dank recesses at the bottom, a menagerie of hideous and terrifying beasts were ready to gnaw and crush my soul into oblivion. I love this record! Peter Christian N. Skov