Friday, September 21, 2018

EP Review: THROMBUS Mental Turmoil (La Caverna Records) by Serafima Okuneva

Mental Turmoil
Place of origin: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Genre: Death metal
‘Release date: July 11, 2018 (reissue)
First released in 1993
Greetings from the past, dear Deads! From the depths of forgotten releases from the early 90's rushes Thrombus with their EP ‘Mental Turmoil’ with official reissue their tape from 26 years! Thrombus‘ first and only demo features tight performances, on-time and in-tune delivery, a clear sound and many riffs. Judging by the guitar work and vocal performances, I’d say they were listening to a fair amount of Autopsy or Carcass. Toss in some thrash riffing and ‘Mental Turmoil’ ends up not far from Unleashed, and would have fit in perfectly in the death metal scene of that era.
I read about the city of Eugene, Oregon USA from the early 1990s and was even more pleasantly surprised by the appearance of this demo in that area. In 1990 the city had nothing in common with extreme music, there were college towns, suburban wastes, hippy communes, and crust punk havens. Back in 1992, the band began working on their material and in 1993 released a demo cassette in a limited edition of 100 copies. Due to this limited edition and the subsequent explosion of genre activity this release was unfairly and permanently forgotten. It's hard to say how much the demo is significant to the history of death metal in America, but it's definitely a pleasant event in the history of this place, a cheerful, evil greeting from the past. This is a special record of defiance and non-conformity and I like it so much.
It has an eerie, dense, somewhat absurd, disgustingly beautiful heavy sound. The lively "basement" sound says the band knows what they want to achieve and how they should sound. Here you will meet slowly doomed, then madly rushing, maniacal guitar solos, swirling cyclical oppressive riffs, then a death rattle with monolithic powerful drums. ‘Mental Turmoil’ is a set of damn good tracks written and performed at death metal’s arguably highest classic form. -Serafima Okuneva

Mike Brown: Lyrics (tracks 1-4, 6), vocals, guitars
Isamu Sato: Guitars
Darren Baker: Bass
Karl Fowler: Drums, vocals, lyrics (track 5)

Track list:
1. From beyond
2. Mental turmoil
3. Fetid mass
4. Structured
5. Embolic infarction
6. What a waste

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