Madrost - Charring The Rotting Earth - Reviewed by Metal Temple! Wednesday October 21 2020, 6:18 PM
Madrost - Charring The Rotting Earth - Reviewed by Metal Temple!

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Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: MADROST; signed via No Life ‘Til Metal Records, hailing from Californian grounds - performing Death/Thrash Metal, on their 4th album entitled: “Charring The Rotting Earth” (released September 25th, 2020).

Since formation in 2007; the quartet in question have 3 Demos entitled: “Crypt Keeper” (released February 8th, 2008), “Demo 2009”; “Infected Chaos” (released in 2010), an EP entitled: “Infected Chaos” (released October 4th, 2011) & 4 Full-Length Albums entitled: “Maleficent” (released March 2nd, 2012), “Into The Aquatic Sector” (released September 23rd, 2014); “The Essence Of Time Matches No Flesh” (released June 27th, 2017), and this here album that I am introduced to entitled: “Charring The Rotting Earth”. 7 tracks ranging at around 29:57; MADROST arranges an intricately designed formula of some heavy-hitting Death/Thrash Metal amalgamations.

Opening up with “The Serpent’s Quest”; MADROST deliver a harmonic but monolithic tone that strums with sulphurous riffing of what seems like a Black Metal ritual of melancholy, until briskly burning into a blistering barrage assault of chiselled Death Metal merged with this vicious Thrash Metal attack amplified on adrenaline & boisterously bouncy shreds rift with rumbling reverberation that will rattle skulls into a frenzy of progressively technical madness. Trailblazing with sonically seamless weight, tight speed & punchy momentum that demonstrates a fluidly polished sound production where the maelstrom supplies rawly rough synergies that thunder with profusely robust experimentation in hybrid density…grinding into a fierce flamboyance of riveting rhythms which the stampeding onslaught skyrockets speakers with gnarly distortion equalities in which persist with this primitive yet borderline foundation on filthy heat and furiously relentless perseverance with wildly rushing panache.

Consisting of Tanner Poppitt on vocals/guitar; a diligent frontman on quintessential virtuose and deadly, evil death growls with pipes that surge with this raspy shriek while the throaty roars soar with empowering bellows which shout with yelling extremity. “To Prevail The Wicked” distributes an immersively intense fabrication on rapidly swift nimbleness where the guitars fret into a dexterously dynamic element in implementing savagely sinister substance, while providing this overdose on unique vehemence with ruthless pandemonium on which organically manifests this meticulous jolt on razor-sharp firepower and chugging laceration. Bludgeoning eardrums into a combustible groove-bomb finesse that will make you want to slam-dance in which unleashes this urge to break chairs over other chairs! The rampant calamities excel with triggering melodies while utilising a groundbreaking complexity on striking pursuits, and frolicking chaos.

Necro Nick also ripping on the guitars crafts a killer attribute on rompy meatiness; providing this monstrous ability in droning this screeching yet tempestuously twinning storm which revels with slaying stability. “Dying Thoughts” uses this quirky vibrancy on keys that juxtaposes symphonic catchiness for a distinctive characteristic while portraying those bruising belters for use on ultimate havoc, in which never detracts into cheesiness but it brings a higher level of epicness to the fray. Rambunctious piledriver Mark Rivas hammers his drums into a firm battering that propel this solid bombardment of exhilarating blast beat pummelling that pounds into a hasteful expertise of mighty blasphemy. Chewy riff sections transition with the oozing stompiness shrouded within the spellbinding mastery of steely precision that everyone here possesses you with while they majestically mesmerise with hypnotic instrumental brilliance and malicious mayhem of oppressively tenacious tendencies.

“Impossible Dreams” captivates you with more ambitiously-driven high-octane malevolence; the audible bass injections from Richard Orellana (also on vocals) infects you with venomous thumpiness, while the modern tech-thrash meshuga salubriously provides massive riff wankery – gravitating into a potent strife of gnarly diversity and berserking bulldozing that shine with jumpy yet sometimes adventurously cinematic approaches. “A Violent End To Life” has a clever but consistent drum grumbling beginning, continuously engaging a frantic cymbal tapping roll until more echoing basslines and kicking impact effectively crushes you while the snare of distortion and drilling sturdiness quakes with rampaging remedy. The penultimate track “Pulverized” is a short 1:08 smash of crunchy bangs that literally describes the title with pure accuracy, and so the titular track overall concludes “Charring The Rotting Earth” with an atmospheric evolution fusing keys, choir and strings mid-section that almost leads into a DIMMU BORGIR-esquire meltdown while the revolutionary variety revolves with REVOCATION-like insanity.

Bottom line; I am compelled to say that MADROST certainly outdone themselves with this one, “Charring The Rotting Earth” most definitely invented this unprecedented spectrum of titanic proportions that will make you want to replay this one over and over…while surprising you tenfold. This is a discovery in which most surely deserves a few listens, with the sheer veracity they offer…it is an enjoyably entertaining spin that needs listening to, right now! Check it out.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

Founded in the summer of 2007, MADROST is a Southern California based progressive death thrash act with a focus on precision songwriting and energetic diverse approach to their sound. Influenced by the likes of Metal Church, Death, ELP, Believer, Exhumed and Iron Maiden , the band has transformed from the simplistic death thrash style to incorporating a wide range of other instruments and time signatures into their version of extreme metal.

For fans of Toxic Holocaust, The Crown, Vader, Nevalra

With the release of 2012’s Maleficent album, the world had gained a small taste of what was to come for the bands overall sound and career. A standard death thrash style album, but was only further developed with 2014’s sophomore release Into the Aquatic Sector . The same year, the band had been on a few tours and was starting to gain more support within the metal scene world wide. It wasn’t until 2017’s The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh that the band really saw a huge jump in popularity. Incorporating more of a progressive element into their sound and getting reviewed by such magazines as Decibel , the band had really come together and found their sound.

2020’s Charring the Rotting Earth saw MADROST not only working with No Life Til Metal Records for the first time, but the band was not afraid to incorporate more symphonic elements into their sound. With the help of keyboardist Sam Meador (Xanthochroid) making a huge presence on the album, the band is on the pathway to a new sound that is sure to be remembered and taken to the next level.

Track Listing:
01 - The Serpent’s Quest
02 - To Prevail the Wicked
03 - Dying Thoughts
04 - Impossible Dreams
05 - A Violent End to Life
06 - Pulverized
07 - Charring the Rotting Earth

Tanner Poppitt: Vocals and Guitar
Necro Nick: Guitar
Richard Orellana: Vocals and Bass
Mark Rivas: Drums
Keyboards: Sam Meador courtesy of Xanthochroid

Music by Tanner Poppitt and Necro Nick
Except Pulverized by Tanner Poppitt and Mark Rivas
Lyrics by Tanner Poppitt
Artwork by Tony Koehl
Produced and Recorded by Madrost
Mixed and Mastered by Hannes Grossman

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