Radioactive Vomit- Ratsflesh

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Monday, June 1, 2015

Vancouver’s Radioactive Vomit has been around since 2008 and has released two demos and a split full of grimy black/death metal since that time. Their newest release is a seven-inch, Ratsflesh, released as a collaboration between Iron Bonehead and Vault of Dried Bones. Unlike some of the other bands of this type that go for the completely unrelenting blasting and simply coming off as a copy of Beherit or Blasphemy, Radioactive Vomit offers up a dense wall of blasting mixed with some grimier D-beat/crust. Not every track manages to have the same level of staying power, but the rawer production values and subtle differences that these guys throw into their material gives them a good deal of potential.

Out of the six songs on Ratsflesh two of them are intro/outro tracks, though this doesn’t mean that they’re simply filler. Instead, they’re slightly less structured arrangements that let the guitars wail away with as much noise as possible while the rest of the instrumentals lumber forward at a much slower pace. The remaining four tracks is where the group kicks things into full gear and blasts away at the listener with the type of destructive force that makes this type of metal so damn appealing. Radioactive Vomit’s overall sound is drenched in a layer of murkiness and grime that seeps into every aspect of their instrumentals and the rawness of the recording lends itself well to the bursts of feedback from the guitars. For the most part the core of the material is made up of unrelenting drum blasts and faster riffs that give way to slow breaks, but Radioactive Vomit injects some crust/D-beat style patterns into the mix. It’s a combination that works, and it gives Ratsflesh a bit more variation than if often typical for this genre. With that being said though, the B-side of the record seemed to stick with me a bit more, as both the title track and “Speak With Tongues of Flies” have filthy leads and noisier transitions that seemed to stand out more than the rest of the EP.

Two of the members of the band provide vocals, though you’ll likely notice the lead singer’s pitch a bit more because of how it overwhelms the recording. The lead style is a lower distorted growl that manages to have the same type of grimier sound as the instrumentals, while the backing vocals provide a number of different higher shrieks that reverberate over the layers of noise. Sometimes the higher pitches do get swallowed up in the mix and seem to fade out just a little too quickly, but for the most part the combination of the two deliver that blast to the face that listeners look for from black/death metal. The vocal styles definitely live up to Radioactive Vomit’s name, as it often sounds like they’re spewing all sorts of dirtier, razor sharp pitches right at you.

Canada has quite a few bands of this type that are very capable of completely burning down everything down in their path, and while Radioactive Vomit isn’t quite the standout of the bunch just yet their grimier sound and D-beat leanings do make them distinguishable. There’s further potential for this group to offer that same type of noisy, destructive aesthetic without retreading what so many others have done, and it should be interesting to see if the D-beat style comes out even more on future releases. But no matter where this group goes they should definitely keep this same type of rawer, murkier recording as it suits them quite well.

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