Emerging from Aarhus in Denmark and having already won 2 Gaffa awards in 2019 for Best Metal Album and Best Newcomer, Baest have swiftly followed up their 2018 release Danse Macabrewhilst also supporting heavyweights such as Abbath, Hatebreed, Dying Fetus, Entombed A.D. and Decapitated as they continue their quest to improve on being the number 1 Death Metal band in Norway and are firmly focussed on a wider target.
With such a swift rise from their beginnings in 2015 the band are seizing the impressive momentum that they have mustered and pushing forward with keenness that is as enthusiastic as it is a heavy slab of Death Metal, that certainly doesn’t hang about in setting its stall out and making you know that Baest are here to make a serious dent in the Death Metal market.
Blasting into life with ‘Vitriol Lament’ you immediately notice the overriding influence of Old School Death Metal as the sounds of the “good old days” are mixed with a freshness that by no means makes the tracks any less impactive, in fact the clean sound seems to add extra impact to the brutal vocal as they contrast each other whilst complimenting brilliantly. The lyrics are sung in a traditional Death Metal style with the growling slow tempo as the choppy guitars remain constantly busy behind and the drums take up a purposeful beat that switches between doom and thrash.
The 10 track release includes a cover of ‘No Guts, No Glory’ by Bolt Thrower, a band that Baest appear to have listened to and influence them somewhat as this near 45 minute non stop assault ceases to relent in this high quality, brutal attack.
Although the assault never relents, the angle and style of attack switches up, keeping you on your toes as to which direction to try and protect yourself from next and what the pace of the onslaught will be, ensuring a wonderful blend that is a lot of fun to listen to and I imagine even more fun to hear live.
Venenumis a fantastic second offering that is guaranteed to get a wider fan base and will blow peple away when they hear it. This is the album of a band much more experienced and will make sure that the masses sit up and take notice. Baest is a band that everyone will soon have as the top of their favourites list.
Venenum is released September 13th2019 via Century Media.
- Vitriol Lament (4:27)
- Gula (4:26)
- Nihil (6:28)
- Venenum (3:52)
- Styx (1:14)
- Heresy (6:03)
- As Above So Below (4:56)
- Sodomize (3:55)
- Empty Throne (5:31)
- No Guts, No Glory (Cover version) (3:51)