Tomb Mold - Primordial Malignity - (8.5/10)
Published on February 8, 2017
Tomb Mold’s The Bottomless Perdition demo last year garnered significant attention with death metal fans. Now the band, comprised of drummer/vocalist Max Klebanoff and guitarist/bassist Derrick Vella, is back with a full-length, entitled Primordial Malignity, that was recorded prior to their second demo, The Moulting but released afterwards. To keep things short and sweet, like Tomb Mold do themselves in the album’s 32 minute run-time, Primordial Malignity is a fantastic debut.
I can’t think of too many bands whose name is more descriptive of their sound than Tomb Mold. This is moldy, rotten death metal that has just shambled its way out of the tomb. The production gives the vocals and instruments a sound that puts them in the ‘cavernous’ death metal camp, so expect plenty of fuzzy reverb.
But Tomb Mold isn’t just any old-school homage. Their sound is rooted in a particular scene-Finndeath. The raw, grimy riffs with primitive melodies recall the greats of Finnish death metal. The band also mixes in some atonal, dissonant riffs that don’t quite reach the level of Demilich, but they’re not all that far off either. And while Finndeath lacks the HM-2 tone of its Swedish counterpart, the tone on Primordial Malignity is suitably foul and fetid. Some of the riffs on Primordial Malignity also have a jangling twang that adds to the dissonant feel. I don’t mean to give the impression that Tomb Mold are a dissodeath project; while they incorporate dissodeath elements they also lock in to some savage riffs that are more structured by comparison.
There isn’t really much wrong with Primordial Malignity. It’s short, but deliberately so. I do find myself thinking my favorite parts of songs are over a little too quickly though, and the album is a little better on its first half than it is on its second, but nothing on the album is filler.
It’s a shame Finndeath isn’t as well-known as its Swedish and American cousins, but Tomb Mold does the style justice. Having released two demos and a full-length in under a year, it looks like Tomb Mold is going to be a prolific force to be reckoned with. Primordial Malignity is an immensely enjoyable album for death metal aficionados that like their death metal caked in filth.