By Ashley Paskill
Montreal based Vantablack Warship are capping off the first month of 2018 with a new album, Abrasive Pulmonic Speak, set to be released on January 26. This is the band’s second album, following the release of their self-titled album in 2015. The band will have performances following the album’s release, including a release show on February 10th. The album will be available on CD or digitally.
In a lyrical sense, the title for this album is fitting. From songs about musicians chasing their dreams even after failing to those about women in the UFC, each song is filled to the brim with a story and a message. Even the song titles are fitting to the harshness of the lyrics and sound of each song, tying everything up nicely. There is cursing, so this album may not be suited for younger metal fans.
The title is also appropriate from a sound standpoint. It is eight songs of nonstop metal, which can be overwhelming for those who are just getting into the metal music scene. However, unlike many metal musicians, the lyrics are actually understandable for the most part without having to look at a lyrics sheet. The instruments and the vocals are in good balance and the harmonies are good. Even when the harmonies do not fit into the background instruments, it fits with the songs.
In general, this album is sure to be a hit. Its lyrics and sound “is in-your-face” and the energy will certainly carry over to live performances. The lyrics and the sound of the band are harsh, which long-time fans of metal can appreciate, but newbies to the metal scene may find a bit intimidating at first listen. The album is a perfect listen for those who are fans of Cancer Bats, Gallows, and Everytime I Die
Rating: Harsh in the best way