Album Review: Diesel King – “Concrete Burial”
One part sludge, one part thrash with lashings of doom and groove, Diesel King are an unrelenting listen. From the moment Brainhammer is unleashed on your ears you realise you aren’t in for an easy ride, and the Pantera inflected Inferis does nothing to help matters. With guitars tuned down into the bowls of hell, and grooves so crushing that once you’ve reached the end of the album, you expect to resemble a cartoon character who’s had a bookcase fall on them.
The title track takes things to the next level with classic thrash breakdown riffs mixed with sludgier grooves and Meshuggah-esque drums. Horror.Disgust contains a magnificent machine gun riff and Facesplitter is probably the doomiest track of the bunch, an ominous melody swells over a bone crunching riff before it transforms into the full on hardcore thrash riffing that heralds the start of Mask Of The Leper.
The albums closes with The Mutilation, which again rips out of the gate with an Eyehategod style burst of speed that alternates with crushing groove riffs.
If you had to level a criticism at Concrete Burial it would be that at times it's in danger of being a little one note, but for the main the band have avoided this by keeping the album to a brief eight tracks. Consequently, Concrete Burial remains a powerful album of heavy, sludge filled music.