Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rediscovering the Dead

No Official Site
Label: Selfmadegod Records
Released: 2005
Release Type: Compilation
Genre: Death/Grind

Not for the faint of heart, Sewn Shut of Sweden play a serious conglomeration of death metal and grindcore. The band reminds me strongly of Belgium's Aborted, their first album anyway; but beyond that comparisons are few for me. Sewn Shut's one of the few bands where death-grind actually fits. Blast-beat bouts come to groovy transitions and double bass romps that would get your local crew floor punching in no time. The lowly gurgles foil the sky scratching screams which allows some room for the throaty, wet mid-ranged rasps. There's a welcomed touch of technicality that heightens the death metal vibe, not to mention some sweet pinch harmonics.

One thing that really gets me hooked is their rhythmic attack. It's hard to describe, but it's like a rocking chair, or when you're headbanging and the sound comes and goes because of your motion. The drums crash at every quarter and the guitar plays an ascending melody, then starts over. It's pretty gnarly. You'll have to hear it yourself.

The release itself is a compilation of all their work leading up to 2005 (except their first ep and the split with Unholy Grave). That means: splits with Squash Bowels, Embalming Theatre, Ulcerrhoea, Mind Collage, Man In Shackles and three additional tracks taken from "Polar Grinder" LP). The only thing post Rediscovering... is a split with Nashgul that's quite good as well. Odd how many great, or well received bands they've done splits with, but how relatively unknown they are.

Anywho, if you like stomach churning, heavy, and dark grindcore that knows how to properly groove then I can't recommend Sewn Shut enough.

Here's a taste (samples are very hard to come by, 2 tracks on youtube, no proper myspace, etc).
Link taken from Brutal Zone



Will said...

it's a shame that Sewn Shut is so overlooked! They are one of my favorites.

Flesh Monolith said...

Yeah, I really dig this band. Lucky to grab their Nashgul split and the Mind Collage one last year. wonder what they're doing.

Andrew Childers said...

i always thought squash bowels was a nice comparison point for sewn shut. i usually listen to them together.

Flesh Monolith said...

Funny, I have Grindvirus and barely listen to it. the production's too slick and i dunno, never gets me interested.

I'm rallying behind your Blues, bad turn and Halak's shaken. Anything to see Detroit or Chicago not clinch the division.

Andrew Childers said...

nothing like a five game losing streak to balance out a seven game win stretch. but the injuries have been absolutely crushing lately. at least they put together back to back wins in games they should have lost.

your rangers seem to be in a tough spot. the east seems to be full of really good teams and absolutely shitty teams. and surprisingly, jersey's a shitty team.

Andrew Childers said...

oh and i meant thematically, sewn shut and squash bowels seem to be on the same body horror page. i agree sewn shut are much more grisly sounding.