There’s no obvious benefit to the consumer when it comes to buying music on cassette versus another medium: a digital copy gives you instant access to the music whenever you want it, a vinyl copy gives you the best sound quality, and a CD copy gives you a physical experience that can easily be burned to a computer and offer digital access. But while a cassette copy can’t offer any of those benefits, there’s a feeling of authenticity and, dare I say, fun that comes with popping a new tape into the deck and experiencing the recording with a unique warmth to it. For this reason, many bands offer limited cassette runs of their releases, and Vomit Angel is among the group of bands that take it a step further by releasing the physical copy months in advance of the digital version. At this point in time, Sadomatic Evil is available on all mediums. But no matter your preferred platform, Vomit Angel’s debut EP can provide some seriously well written death metal.
Vomit Angel doesn’t mess around with their first release: Sadomatic Evil consists of nothing but primal, crushing blackened death metal from start to finish. The depth of the powerful drumming heard throughout creates a foundation that is fortified by simple but well written riffs, as well as guitar lines that play along with the drumming and complement the percussion. The weight of the instruments working together in this way has a bestial effect on the music, giving each track the same raw and primitive vibe across the board and overall gives the EP a tight sense of unity and focus.
Sadomatic Evil sounds like a derivative of Archgoat that isn’t afraid to add a little swing to the songs; there’s plenty of relentlessly fast drumming and the intensity altogether is undeniable, but this ferocity often gives way to slower and more distinct sounding segments that prove to be equally crushing. The vocals are decent, but definitely secondary to the rest of the band’s sound. Behind what at first seems to be a fairly straightforward release, there’s a considerable amount of tiny quirks and additions that make Vomit Angel unique, at least to a degree. Every track has it’s highlight, but my favorite example of this can be heard in the guitar work on “Voices in the Wind.”
Vomit Angel’s first release proves to be a brief but superb foray into a niche subgenre of death metal, offering a potent myriad of riffs and influences from other acts in the same style. In spite of these novelties, there is still progress to be made in regards to making Vomit Angel more than just another death metal band, but for a first release, Sadomatic Evil is a frighteningly powerful listen that is well worth it’s runtime.
Sadomatic Evil is now available physically and digitally through Iron Bonehead Productions.