Review: “Lych Milk” by Zebadiah Crowe
The companion piece to “The Cloven Hand“, a remix EP that saw Gods Of Ruin and Seething Akira deconstruct Zebadiah Crowe material and create Frankenstein’s Monsters of their own, “Lych Milk” sees the duo of Forrrthen (Guitars) and The Horrid (Vocals, Bass, Drum Programming) take on a trio of their songs and do likewise. The music video for lead single “Gallows Hill” is bejewelled by artwork created by ex-Celtic Frost man, Curt Victor Bryant, from the game Valfaris and with that, it is time to drink deep of the poison of Lych Milk and feel the elixir of death roaring through your veins in preparation for the bestial sonic violence of Zebadiah Crowe.
“I believe in death, I believe in disease, I believe in injustice and inhumanity and torture and anger and hate. I believe in murder. I believe in pain…” is the strikingly bleak lyric that opens “Gallows Hill”, the first of the trio of songs reborn in a post apocalyptic World. Unlike the “The Cloven Hand” material, “Gallows Wood” is the first of a trio of guitar driven Blackened Thrash cuts which sound like the bastard child of an early Slipknot demo’s and “Landfill” era Pitchshifter. Haunting eerie noises in the background capture the attention as they pop out of the mix at various points over multiple listens, like ghosts in the shadows. “Sabbaticus” is equally as impressive with Pig Destroyer riffs galloping their way through the haunted house while chainsaw Industrial drumming cuts through the walls. The pulverising “Footprints” then becomes a tornado of rhythmic battery with blast beats tearing relentlessly at the flesh of your ear drums. The riffs again steal the limelight with just enough time for little squeals in the turn around. If the industrial soundscape of “The Cloven Hand” wasn’t your can of Carlsberg Special Brew then you’ll want to chance your arm at “Lych Milk“, it’s a different beverage entirely [8/10]
- Gallows Wood
“Lych Milk” by Zebadiah Crowe is out 5th February 2021.