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Music Review: Left Behind – Seeing Hell (Unbeaten Records)


Left Behind’s new release explores the depths of intensity through the lens of an immediate and live-like reactionary cerebral response. This album presents nothing more than a gale force of intense streamlined sludge metal and hardcore as furious as you can imagine it to be All this drives creativity for the band to be as expressive as they can in both dichotomies. The chords are so thick with an underlayer of low tones, it makes these songs very effective whichever tempo they are driving.

Somewhere between Carcass and Slayer lies the song “Rock Bottom,” and from the howling guitar notes to the gutter tempos in slow motion, you will rejoice in the revelry of mystifying head banging that only bleeds into “Convulse.” And as much as ballads seem like a foreign object to this band, this is about as melodic as the band gets. The turbulence of this song will make your head spin and mind explode with the flavors that make up some of the best extreme music out there that moves from tempo to tempo and if you are not feeling that drive, you can exfoliate to the sinister power crunches Left Behind weaves.

The subtle psychedelic flavors with songs like “Seeing Hell” or “Sink,” the punk metal fury of “12GA,” or the experimental guitar-laden “Vexed,” it’s as weird and elusive as spead-reading Crowley during a hurricane.

If this is a representation of what it is like to see Left Behind live then expect nothing less of epic proportions when these guitars feed off of an audience that is if you can get past the propulsive drums crashing into your senses. Combined, the entire release is brutal in the best way possible.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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