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Crust : Animals Of The Concrete Forest

Russian band Crust's fourth EP is a step up in sludgy Post-Metal goodness.

'Animals Of The Concrete Forest' was Crust's fourth EP in three years. Released back in January of last year the Russian Post-Metal crew delivered more of the excellent groove-laden and hate-riddled Sludge that first caught my attention by way of their previous release, 'True Shades Of The True World'. Undoubtably a hidden gem in the underground, the band blend the essences of both Sludge and Post-Metal and lay them up against the sleazy finesse of Killing Joke and the Anarcho-Punk of Amebix and Doom.

Crust seemingly have it all. Riffs, licks and motifs, atmosphere, and along with that aforementioned groove, they have a passionate intent coupled with a strong message. They also have guitar solos. 'Animals Of The Concrete Forest' for the most part leaves any subtleties of the previous EP behind in favour of a generally far denser, heavier approach. That said, the delicate guitar nuances are present, there's just a lot more weight behind them. It's a far bigger sound. And you can still hear that bass. A low end rumble that any good Industrial or Post-Punk Goth would die for. The band is rounded off by FX man Igor Prokofyev. The soundscapes and effects are not purely reserved for the intro and outro, and add an extra heaviness to the songs as well as throwing a small yet valuable Industrial tint to the overall concept of the ever bleak and disgruntled sounding music.

It's my firm belief that Crust's music will appeal to seasoned veterans of all things Post-Metal along with anyone else with an interest, passing or otherwise, in honest to goodness heavy underground filth with a groove. This EP is a small confident step up from their previous efforts. Evidence indeed of a band finding their repsective feet and honing their craft. Sure, there's a home-made feel to the production, but, given their influences, that's surely the point, and I for one wouldn't want it any other way.

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Reviewer's rating: 8/10


Tracklist :
1. Intro
2. Mother
3. Animals Of The Concrete Forest
4. Wasted By Cruel Living
5. The Final Violence Of Death
6. Bottom Town
7. The Release

Duration : Approx. 27 minutes

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Reviewed on 2019-05-10 by Matt Halsey
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