Veterans of a diverse range of metal acts, from the deathly Sea of Tranquillity to the more thrashing Chronic Disorder, the Michigan City, Indiana, trio Yellowtooth bring that same sense of extremity to the sludge of their full-length Orchestrated Misery Recordings debut, Disgust. The album has a distinctly ’90s-style death metal production — the guitar of Hank McGinnis is crunchy more than fuzz-laden as one might expect, and his vocals are barked out like earliest Morbid Angel or maybe even Max Cavalera when Sepultura were a death metal band.
The groove, however, is all sludge, as a song like the lurching “Decaying from Within” will attest. Yellowtooth‘s rhythm section of bassist/backing vocalist Peter Clemens and drummer Ed Kribs strike an excellent balance between proffering extreme abrasion and highlighting riff-led nod-fodder. All through the album, which is short at 43 minutes, they bridge the gap between Down‘s Southern-minded brand of heavy and the metal that was ultra-aggressive at a time long before it was cool, making a cut like “Burning Daylight” skillfully play one side off the other while sounding natural and brutal in kind, Clemens backing McGinnis‘ gruff approach with a spoken part that taken right out of mournful doom.
Being a fan of classic death metal and particularly of seeing it blended with different variations of underground heavy, Yellowtooth‘s Disgust struck a particular chord and I thought I’d share for anyone else who might offer due appreciation. Disgust sees its official release today, and you’ll find “Burning Daylight” available for streaming on the player below. Please enjoy:
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Tags: Indiana, Michigan City, Orchestrated Misery Recordings, sludge metal, Yellowtooth, Yellowtooth Disgust