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It’s ironic how much of the New Wave of American Metal sounds like Swedish and Norwegian thrash and black metal, but that’s the case once again with Atlanta, GA’s Withered. Add in some of Mastodon’s more majestic posturing and a pseudo-Goth metal façade, too, as this seven-track, 37 minute long bonecrunching barrage melds the styles with a viscous coating of stoner rock, evident on tracks like “Within Your Grief”. Changing tempos with savage grace and capable of slugging out a sludge-a-thon on the nine-minute “Like Locusts”, MEMENTO MORI is an album rich in metallic influence and executed with pounding precision. Adventurous and abrasive, this disc needs your most metal of attitudes to be properly enjoyed.
- Mike SOS