BURNT SKULL: Sewer Birth: LP

May 20, 2014

Burnt Skull, an Austin band containing members of Total Abuse, Cruddy, and Best Fwends, perfectly fuse the unadulterated noise rock of bands like the Brainbombs and, dare I say, ‘80s industrial metal-tinged stuff like Godflesh. Most of the songs are mid-paced and drudge through the ugliest of riffs, all with an underlying—sometimes wayunderlying—sense of melody which in turn makes this record very listenable and, at most moments, really great. The effects on the vocals give them a sound akin to the blackest of black metal records, but, despite the heaviness and darkness surrounding it all, those underlying hooks reel me in every time. 

 –Mark Twistworthy (12XU, 12xu.net)