Soil Organic Matter is the second full-length release from Denmark-based band Wayward Dawn, providing ten tracks of uncompromising and very much 100% death metal.
From opener ”Requiescat in Pace” to closer “Thy Name Is…,” this outfit plies the listener with agonised strains which develop into gruelling yet melodic heaps. Imagine a thicker, denser mixture of Lamb of God and Bloodbath in those thrashier segments as each track builds with suspense to become a hammering tool of brutality where you’re force fed those vocal gargles and accessibly yet gnarly structures.
As one would expect, there’s very much a groove death metal feel throughout. The vocals range from snarling rasps to deep, guttural coughs. And there’s a great variation of pace too, the title cut being a prime example of the band and their flexibility as they race with haste and aggression, melodiously carving grating strands of death / thrash and coating them with those sickly vocal smears.
Soil Organic Matter is a solid effort throughout, although the flavour isn’t necessarily old-school; at times there’s more of a mid-to-late 90s style of gushing death metal.