Ghoul’s latest LP, Dungeon Bastards, sets the tone with album openers “Ghetto Blasters,” in which a male narrator relays the story of a tyrannical leader who attained power through dark occult means. It’s not long before raging thrash guitars, hardcore drums, and death metal vocals kick in; in case you couldn’t tell from the lyrics, this is a full-throttle sonic attack based around the concept of war. Album standouts include “Ghoulunatics,” a frenzied thrash track with an almost catchy, melodic chorus, and the malevolent, relentless “Bringer of War.” Fans of Impaled, Wolves in the Throne Room, and Carcass will want to turn this one up loud.
Recorded and Mixed by Scott Evans at Antisleep Studios
Mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound