Visceral Throne_Those Who Have FallenHere’s something that I haven’t had in a long time when it comes to a review: brevity! Yes, gang, after several reviews of music clocking in anywhere between 50 and 80 minutes, the higher-ups decided it would be a swell gesture to hand me an EP by a young troupe from Indiana called Visceral Throne [We actually thought it was a double album when we assigned it.Steel Druhm]. A follow-up to 2012’s debut, Omnipotent Asperity, the incredibly-wordy Those Who Have Fallen Beyond the Grace of God is five songs (four originals and an Internal Bleeding cover) at a whopping 13 minutes. It can’t be that bad, can it, kids?

After the very short title track plays out, we rip right into “Father,” and by “rip” I mean “blasting relentlessly.” Right off the bat, two things leap out at you throughout Those Who Have Fallen. The first point, split into two parts, is that these guys may be fairly young, but they know how to play. Justin Smith is a capable guitarist, even going so far as to let a damn good solo rip at the end of “Father.” They also love Internal Bleeding a great deal, which is not a bad thing. They show a sense of groove, but know when to pour the speed on until it’s a full-blown chaotic, merciless avalanche. While not the slightest bit innovative, some of these riffs may get you moving, and there’s some major potential revealed from these guys very early in the game.

The other thing I notice is the drums. Not just in Andrew Sutton’s performance (which is pretty damn impressive, even this early in his career), but in the actual sound. More specifically, that snare. Good lord, that snare. Seriously, how many cans of coffee sacrificed themselves for this EP? That is the snariest snare sound that ever snared a snare, and it’s prevalent, in-your-face, and quite frankly, very annoying. So much so that “The True Sin,” once Sutton starts blasting, is nothing but snare, drowning out everything but Dylan Cox’s indecipherable growls. Their cover of Internal Bleeding‘s “Colossal Vortex” plays with very little variation from the original besides snares snaring the fucking snare out of you.

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Even after some extensive internet sleuthing, I have no idea who produced the EP other than it was mixed and mastered by TsunTsun Productions, and it’s the very definition of brickwalled. The bass is barely audible and the guitars are buried a bit beneath the vocals, but that snare is right up front and ready to take the spotlight! And that kills me, gang, as these guys are capable, possibly within the next album or two, to really level the playing field and possibly be mentioned in the same breath as Internal Bleeding or Disgorge. As it stands, I can’t even make a bag of popcorn without the sound causing me to have spastic fits in my kitchen floor, reminding me of this EP’s production.

Visceral Throne has got truckloads of potential. Those Who Have Fallen, if you can traverse past the overgrown cornfield of upside-down Maxwell House cans, has got some intriguing song ideas and a few good riffs to mosh to. I just can’t recommend this EP due to the horrible sound of the drums, but do keep an eye out, for they could really pull something together to rip heads and crush spleens.


Rating: 2.5/5.0
DR: 4 | Format Reviewed: kbps mp3
Label: Comatose Music
Websites: visceralthrone.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/visceralthrone
Releases Worldwide: October 30th, 2015

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  • By the grace of God, what were they thinking with that drum sound??

    • Grymm

      “Let’s go to Costco and buy all the Campbells Cream of Tomato Soup!”

      I’m guessing *that*.

    • sssgadget

      Is it better than St.Anger though? That’s the real question.

      Even street performers have better sounding drums.

    • Wilhelm

      It sounds like the steel drum effect on my old Casio.

    • brutal_sushi

      I was almost going to disagree with you, just because this sounds like your standard fair slam snare sounds… Then the :30 second mark hit

      • Shangsean

        I was thinking exactly the same thing. Also, I’m sure the production accentuates it, but the drumming performance doesn’t exactly sound tight either. Otherwise, it does sound pretty good.

  • Excentric_1307

    At first I’m like, “I don’t know what they’re talking about, the drums sound fiiiiieee…….” Then you cannot unhear it.

  • Well, I mean, in terms of product placement, this may be some of the most imaginative I’ve ever heard. I hope the singer is saying “Popcorn is what you neeeeeeed. You love Orville Redenbacher! Love him to deeaaath.” The True Sin is not having enough popcorn.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Well, Orville Redenbacher was from Valparaiso, IN, so…

  • Kronos

    Speaking of Slam, who else saw that Unfathomable Ruination just got signed to Unique Leader? Great move for UL, but I really hope it doesn’t destroy the band’s sound…

    • xxxbloodofjudasxxx

      Really? That’s jokes and could result in something genius or a total disaster.

      • Kronos

        I’m apprehensive about the reported upcoming release. UL rereleased “Anomalies of Artificial Origin” and I haven’t really listened to it but my money’s on it sounding a lot worse.

  • Martin Knap

    No tats? Can they eve call themselves trve?

  • xxxbloodofjudasxxx

    Fabulous review, love this band. Sorry to be a finicky fucker but the song they cover is originally by Internal Suffering (I listen to them and Internal Bleeding far too often)!

    • Grymm

      GAAAAAAH! How did I screw that up? Thank you for the correction!

  • Thatguy

    I won’t be getting this but these guys show promise and when they can afford to buy a drum kit they could go far.

  • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

    My God that gravity blast-ish part sounds like someone furiously wiggling a drumstick inside a cowbell.

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      haha yep that is exactly what it sounds like!!

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    I am not surprised no one took credit for the production. The drums were probably recorded in Tin Can Alley. Maybe the producer was Christopher Walken? He just kept saying “needs more cowbell”? Were they trying to create their own genre by mixing regular ass slam death with cowbell? Cow slam?

    • AlphaBetaFoxface

      Dairy metal

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Now I now what happened! The band told their drummer to keep banging on those cans until the cows come home.

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      A month later and I have to come back and say that after listening to this again the snare sound doesn´t bother me a bit.

  • Clayton Haga

    man I didn’t like slam to begin with, but this just like LuLu bad

  • Kronos

    Fools! Poppy snare has to have ring!
    https://underthepledgeofsecrecy1.bandcamp.com/

  • Philip Pledger

    So. It’s nearing the end of October. Any idea when we might be able to expect the September ROTM announcement?

  • Alexandre Barata

    The sound is oppressive, and, although the music is kinda sloppy on some passages, I actually can enjoy this. Also I love popcorn, so the drums make me hungry

  • Kalsten

    I’d like to inaugurate this new style as “Takataka pukupuku Metal”.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    I’d just like to say that initially when the Myrkur backdrop went up I thought geez this is a bit drab but over the last few weeks i’ve really found myself warming to it. So much so that i’m sure in the coming weeks and months i could well even grow into loving it!

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      And now AMG will post September´s Album Of The Month tomorrow.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        ;-)

  • You know you’ve messed up the production when all anyone can talk about is your snare drum sound :

  • Dr. Scorpion

    I actually like this. This moult is weird.