3.5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!
MASADA – Kick-ass name for a Death Metal band? Um… okay. Check. Kick-ass cover artwork for MASADA’s Hideous Rot EP? Check. Kick-ass city where MASADA calls home? It’s Philadelphia and… check. Kick-ass underground Death Metal that MASADA wants to punish ALL of our Metal community’s senses with? Check.
If all you crave is underground Metal and Death Metal is your obsession, MASADA’s bludgeoning wall of sound will no doubt beat your eardrums and any brain cells that are still functioning into a pulp! My Metal brethren, this is MASADA. No smoke or dumb-ass mirrors happening on Hideous Rot; just backwoods, back alley and dark as hell, retro Death Metal.
Fluteotherapy sounds like MASADA kidnapped the legendary Ian Anderson and kept him in a cellar, forcing him to play his flute while surrounded by piles of dead corpses. A macabre listen it is… freaky and psychotic. MASADA came up with it and it truly creeps me out. Cool.
Suffer Mental Decay is my favorite song. A sensational song title it is. It’s brilliant with all of its repulsive vocals and horrid vibes. Very cool. Toxic Unreality when played super fucking loud is like being hit in the face with soaking and scalding hot burlap bags. Aw hell, I’ve never really been hit with soaking and scalding hot burlap; only the description befits my Metal point.
Hideous Cerebral Pulp and Exist To Rot round out this Hideous Rot EP and both songs are like the spinning back kick to your face that you didn’t see coming. Both of these songs rage in their simplicity and this entire EP rages with its middle finger pointing right at expensive production costs. Let every Death Metal garage band know that there is a beacon they can follow to the dark side and it’s the underground disturbance known as MASADA. Metal be thy name.
MASADA HIDEOUS ROT – Track Listing:
Hideous Cerebral Pulp
Exist To Rot
Suffer Mental Decay
For all of you Metal trivia lunatics out there, I looked up the definition of MASADA and here it is:
The site of the ruins of a palace and fortification built by Herod the Great on the southwestern shore of the Dead Sea 1st century BC
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LONG LIVE MASADA.
LONG LIVE UNDERGROUND DEATH METAL.