Cave Bastard are a band f rom San Diego, California that plays a mixture of sludge, hardcore and death metal and on this recording also introduces black metal influences and this is a review of their 2018 album "The Bleak Shall Devour The Earth" which will be released in March by Accident Prone Records.
Atmospheric drones start off the album before going into more of a heavier sludge metal direction while the solos and leads are done in a very dark yet melodic fashion along with some spoken word parts also being used briefly along with the faster sections of the songs bringing in a great amount of blast beats.
Vocals are mostly death metal growls that also have a touch of hardcore to them while the riffs also bring in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies along with all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and the music also adds in elements of grindcore and black metal and throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and as the album progresses a brief use of crust elements can be heard.
On this recording Cave Bastard expand on their mixture of sludge, hardcore and death metal by adding in elements of crust, grindcore and black metal, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover atrocities, inhumanities and corruption themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Cave Bastard and if you are a fan of sludge, hardcore, crust, grind, death and black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Throes Of The Devourer" "massacre Reaction" and "Liar Betrayed". 8 out of 10.