Ocean City, Maryland is understood for a lot of issues… miles of sandy seashores, a extremely spectacular boardwalk, superb seafood and tons of family-friendly resort enjoyable. That all makes it actually shocking that in that exact same city there exists a three-piece blackened sludge-meets-death metallic band that’s extra reticent of what you would possibly discover on the backside of a polluted business port than you’ll in one of many main seashore locations on the East Coast. Yatra, Ocean City’s personal three piece, has returned with their fourth – sure fourth!! – full size report previously three years. This latest LP known as Born Into Chaos, and it is eight properly developed tracks that flip up the pace and add extra depth to the normal Yatra method.
Crafted through the pandemic, the band wasted no time placing this all collectively. And whereas it will have been “safe” to proceed with their firmly entrenched sounds nested in bands like High on Fire and Warhorse, Yatra appeared rather more poised to dive headfirst into the a lot vaster ocean of demise metallic. While they did not throw their previous hold forth the pier, there’s little doubt concerning the flip they ventured with as they actually throw a whole lot of new tune constructions on the listener.
For present followers, the very first thing you are going to discover on this new report is the transfer away from the band’s earlier forays within the slower doom and fuzz sonics. As obvious on tracks like “Reign of Terror,” Yatra has sped the tempo up relatively considerably and now depends a lot on extra conventional demise metallic mores for tune composition and total sound. This contains using double bass drums, blast beats and a few killer riffs on guitar which might be going to be extra accessible for individuals who are inclined to get pleasure from listening to bands like Nervosa, Morbid Angel and Abysmal Dawn (hearken to “Terminate By the Sword” to listen to the similarities within the guitar). Similar vibes exist on the title monitor and these are clearly blended with some old skool Sabbath and Candlemass parts as properly.
Tracks like “Tormentation” have a very nice thick and chunky sound to them with Maria Geisbert‘s bass and Sean Lafferty‘s drums actually matching Dana Helmuth‘s guitar expertly. This specific tune might be my favourite by way of Lafferty‘s efficiency. The sounds of the crash and experience cymbals stand out right here and add a very nice layer of texture.
“Death Cantation” exhibits the band’s integration of pace with the consolation of the blues. It’s a little bit of a thrasher, that once more, will shock followers of the band’s earlier information, however undoubtedly in a great way. There’s a killer solo on this tune by the hands of Helmuth that has a powerful stoner vibe to it. “Death Cantation” can simply turn out to be a fan favourite at their reside exhibits, and maybe, will get the pit shifting.
While that is undoubtedly an pleasurable report to hearken to, there are some points that I feel the band would possibly need to work on in future releases. First, there is a bit an excessive amount of repetition with sure riffs and sounds and whereas that is acquainted within the stoner and doom style, because the band extra intently embraces demise metallic, Yatra goes to need to reduce down on the repetitive riffs a bit and proceed to maneuver even additional with the occasions modifications and variety in tempo. A bit extra variety in sound will go a good distance. Secondly a bit extra combine within the vocal could be welcome as properly. The vocals tend to cover a bit they usually need not as Helmuth actually is a strong vocalist with a voice that clearly matches the music. Additionally, I may additionally recommend shaving a little bit of day off a number of the tracks. As labelmates Undeath have confirmed us, generally much less is extra within the demise metallic style.
Overall, Born into Chaos has vital heft to it. It has steadiness and quite a lot of accessibility. There’s loads to actually dig into right here and a few actually nice surprises. I look ahead to persevering with to listen to this band proceed to evolve and develop.