Tombstalker – Chaotic Devotion (2017) REVIEW

In their ninth year as a band Tombstalker are in a good place. Their crusty, sloppy debut album from 2015 was an enjoyable tribute to 90’s death metal with some punkish kicks here and there. The issue I took with the full-length at the time was how generally messy it sounded but as first impressions wore away it had a sort of ‘Realm of Chaos’ style to it and I’ve been looking forward to what they’d do next. ‘Chaotic Devotion’ is a great way to hear what Tombstalker is all about in just eight minutes: Big meaty death metal sound, some Sunlight Studios fuzziness, some Finnish death metal style riffs, and a heap of the previously mentioned Bolt Thrower record. I heard some d-beat in there on the full-length, less so on this EP, but that could just be a general Nihilist/Carnage influence coming from the same place. The production is clear and everything is audible, though they’ve kept it rough enough to still feel appropriately oppressive and dark.

Photography by Ann Sydney Taylor Photography

When I first got the EP I was kinda paranoid that these were cover songs from 90’s bands and I’d look like an idiot reviewing a covers 7″ without knowing the originals. After a bunch of googling I am pretty sure these are originals, and hey I appreciate that because I’m a huge fan of this style of death metal. “Scared to Death” and its opening riff initially reminded me of the original Power Rangers theme song, so that was fun for a minute, but the song itself is awesome. It has the needling riffs of classic Finnish death with the pushy, punkishness of Autopsy… not unlike another lesser known group, Coffincraft. I also can’t rave enough about the the cover art. The chaos Gnostic chained Satan thing gets my wiener dancing. I’m also way prone to buy t-shirts solely because of cool designs and I’ve enjoyed all of the artwork this band has chosen so far for their stuff. Excellent EP and I can’t wait to hear their next album when it comes out.


Artist Tombstalker
Type EP
Released September 19, 2017
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Splattered, dripping. 4.0/5.0