Encrust are a Sludge/Stoner Metal band Chicago, USA
The members are:
Chris Angelucci - Vocals
Luke Tobias - Guitar
Ryan Kasparian - Guitar
Jeremy Pyrzynski - Bass
Brian Kutanovski - Drums
Encrust are a Sludge/Stoner Metal Band who play brutal based riffs drenched in despair and misery. They are getting a whole lot of praise for their style of hard hitting music which incorporates the finest elements from Sludge, Stoner, Thrash and Hardcore.
Their new album – From Birth To Soil – is an absolute monster of heavy riffage from start to finish. The 8 songs are sublime examples on how to mix those genres to great effect.
The 35 minutes running time shows you what this band can do to brilliantly stand out from the Sludge/Stoner/Thrash crowd. They mix the heaviness of Baroness/Mastodon Sludge Metal with the classic hard rock dual guitars ala Thin Lizzy style but with a demented Thrash/Hardcore edge holding these genres together.
I was first aware of these guys back in Summer 2011 when they went by the name Hunters. Their music impressed me right away. They had a great brutal aggression to their music but the Sludge/Stoner Metal vibe make them stood out from the rest of the crowd.
Well now renamed – Encrust – which is a more apt name for their style of music. It’s hard hitting from the first riff from superb opening track – Predatory Skin – which never lets up for a second. Brutal vocals and riffs in perfect symmetry to show a band with an unflinching passion for causing mayhem and destruction on this great album.
This is the style of music that Encrust stick to. Blending Hardcore/Sludge/Stoner Metal with fast paced Thrash Metal intensity that I haven’t heard in a long time.
So just stick this excellent album on full blast as you’re in for a wild ride. The 35 minutes just flies by as the great tracks just keep on coming with more excellent riffs to head bang to.
Though Encrust do experiment with their music as well as they throw in some cool Ambient/Noise Rock samples into their music as well. Especially on Shrieking Infestation.
From Birth To Soil is an absolute blast from start to finish. And showcases another great band to keep an eye on in the future.
If you’re a fan of Behold! The Monolith – then your going to love this. As they play the same type of Sludge/Stoner/Thrash music that is becoming quite popular at the moment.
But Encrust along with Behold The Monolith! is probably one of the best bands doing this style of music. And I expect great things from this band in many years to come.
From Birth To Soil is expertly produced. You can hear every bleak note and riff played to earth shattering brutal perfection.
Simply a brutal and brilliant release I urge you to check out now. From Birth To Soil is available from all good stockists from Sept 25th 2012.