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AS YOU DROWN
RAT KING
METAL BLADE

Swedish quintet As You Drown whip a dastardly mix of redundant and bludgeoning deathcore with a string of savvy modern death metal elements on their sophomore effort RAT KING. While a bulk of the compositions on this nine-track offering suffer from a lack of originality which compounds the unit’s glaring interchangeability, this squad’s concoction of Gojira-esque riffs (“You Should Be Paranoid”) and battle-ready rhythms that sound like a melding of Job for a Cowboy and Through the Eyes of the Dead (“Cleansing Hands”) are indisputably crushing, demonstrating that these guys are capable of obliterating everything in their path while relentlessly delivering an intense skull pounding with familiar extreme metal ferocity propelling the savagery.
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