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.
I will keep this uncharacteristically brief and hyperbolic: this is certainly the best death metal debut album of the past 10 years, and one of the top 10 death metal albums over the same time period in general, breathing the same rarefied air as Ulcerate, Dead Congregation, and Abyssal. I do not need to describe the album because everyone else has done that so well, and there is universal praise for Starspawn all over the internet that you can read at your own leisure. Buy this album and let it transform your perception of what death metal can be. Ippocalyptica