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Canberra metalers Mental Cavity aren’t big believers in patience. Featuring three members of stoner-metal greats I Exist, Mental Cavity formed while their main band is on a break. After releasing their debut EP earlier this year, the band have decided ten-months is long enough to wait before unleashing their fast and brutal debut album Aneurysm.
Listeners expecting stoner-riffs will be disappointed as Mental Cavity have dropped their bongs in favour of pedal-through-the-floor speed. Aneurysm is a fast album, covering a lot of ground in its thirty minutes. Suffer bludgeons listeners with thrash riffing and the dual growls of Aaron Osborne and Alex Young. Fault Line is hardcore punk trading its snot for bile. And Vulgar is ferocious sludge that gets heads banging with a powerful swing to its beat.
As long as Mental Cavity’s speeding riffs are here to whip listeners into a frenzy, I Exist can take as long a break as they need.
Album centrepiece and stand-out Bleak Outlook grabs attention with its notably slow doom opening. But after howling in pain “Just waiting to die,” the band race into a chugged riff, switching from fast to slow throughout and keeping listeners guessing until the end.
Aneurysm is a filthy beast of an album which packs a mightier punch than their EP thanks to Mike Deslandes’ dry production. Mental Cavity put a lot of ideas into their album’s fast run-time, but their energy doesn’t sacrifice muscle or brutality, and it never outstays its welcome. As long as Mental Cavity’s speeding riffs are here to whip listeners into a frenzy, I Exist can take as long a break as they need.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Bleak Outlook, Suffer, Vulgar
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