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Album Review: Dead Lung by Murdock

Guest Reviewer: Matt Dickinson

Irish trio Murdock have released their debut album entitled Dead Lung (Basick Records). This three piece fuse together a range of styles, from mathcore to punk to metal all knitted together with ferocious energy. The band have toured in Ireland extensively, supporting some big names on the scene, such as Every Time I Die, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Unearth, and will be touring heavily this year – including a tour with Monuments.

Even when I saw the name Dead Lung, I was expecting heavy, but I wasn’t expecting to hit play and be torn into straight away, opener ‘Deer Noises’ hits you straight away, it’s loud it’s heavy it’s a mix of styles, but you know what? It works. Really well. “IF YOU’RE NOT BLEEDING OR EXHAUSTED, WHAT’S THE POINT?” is the band’s motto, and you can tell from the off that this is going to be the case. For a three piece, this band creates a huge soundscape and it is well crafted and impressively refined.

There’s so much going on here, I don’t think it’s right to take this apart track by track. You can listen to it any number of times, and you’ll find something new, something that jumps out at you and think ‘wow, that’s cool’. Transitioning from ferocity to introspection and calm is not particularly new, but here it’s done incredibly well.

One thing that’s clear is this is a group of talented musicians, the drumming is the sound of someone that seems determined to destroy their kit yet retains control and helps drive the songs and underpin them well, the bass is driving yet it has a style that seems like it’s not from the genre, yet works nicely, the guitar is hard and unrelenting and it makes the perfect accompaniment to what is on show here.

This record is chaotic, it’s hard, and it’s intriguing. If you fancy a blast of something heavy that you’ve not had before, then I highly recommend this it has something that could appeal to everyone, as it’s heavy but it’s not with inaccessible.

I’ve had this on repeat all morning and it’s definitely a 9/10 for me!

For fans Of: Every Time I Die, Fear Before The March Of Flames

 

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