Album #154: Caustic Wound – Death Posture

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Label: Profound Lore
  • Best Track: Acid Attack

I’ll be honest, metal has never been my thing. Most of the big names you’d associate with the genre – Metallica, Iron Maiden, Guns ‘n Roses etc. – I just can’t be doing with them.

That’s not to say I don’t like, or at least have an interest in, some metal subgenres and offshoots. Though I still don’t really get it, I’m quite in awe of death metal and grindcore. Lovers of this frenetic and often disturbing scene argue that there’s a snobbery towards it among mainstream music critics, who dismiss it as an unholy din without considering the often brilliant guitar work and drumming that goes into it.

It seems fitting that in April 2020, at the height of this god-awful pandemic, Caustic Wound released this gory onslaught of a debut album. Just by looking its cover and considering track names like ‘Visions of Torture’, ‘Uranium Decay’ and ‘Black Bag Asphixiation’, you probably get more of an idea of what Death Posture sounds like than I can give you in a review. It’s intense and pretty revolting. Vocals are either guttural bellows or anguished screams, guitars and drums grind and thrash, and most tracks are over within a minute and a half.

It’s tough to pick a best track. To be fair, if you like one track, you’ll like them all. For sheer brutality, I’ll suggest the excruciating ‘Acid Attack’.

The 14 tracks total just 26 minutes, and that’s probably enough actually. But credit to Caustic Wound for this exhausting, uncompromising debut that swerves some of the more clichéd aspects of extreme metal.

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