We’ve been known to be a sucker for marketing from time to time and, as our former header “What’s In A Name?” can attest to, a flashy band handle occasionally as well. That said, nothing gets more flashier than a name like “Messiahvore” which is the nom de plume for a Denver quartet who make some mighty monolithic music that lives up to that mega moniker all throughout their monstrous debut.
“Superstate” starts the album off at a pinnacle already and continues to climb, reaching beyond this mortal plane to a world where the almighty riff is big business and business is ALWAYS good with Messiahvore providing the product. With this grimy/grungy sound coming from Kevin Disney and Bart McRorey’s guitars assisted by the raucous rhythm warriors Jenn McRorey and Brokk Dagaz on bass and drums respectively, Messiahvore create a sound that’s, at times, reminiscent of Transnational Speedway League-era Clutch and mid-’90’s Corrosion Of Conformity (Wiseblood especially).
“Betrothed” continues that nasty sounding Rawk with Dagaz’s pointed pummeling stabbing at all the right moments as McRorey opens up vocally to bring listeners the first of many an anthemic chorus within Messiahvore. “Sleep So Sound” traverses Queens Of The Stone Age Indie territory (Those Man’s Ruin splits before the full-lengths started coming) combined with Karma To Burn’s instrumental Desert Rawk righteousness with McRorey bellowing out some hearty howls over a bed of intricate riffage.
“Cult Worship” is crunchy, syncopated, static mechanical greatness with thunderous drumming from Dagaz and comes off like Tad merging with Prong circa Rude Awakening in the way it incorporates big Grooves into an Industrial-tinged stomper. Later on, “Doublecross” brings those Wiseblood vibes back to the forefront (“Man Or Ash” definitely comes to mind) while “Blood And Guts” is just next level Sludge Metal with twists and turns capped off by a huge sing-a-long chorus that’s sure to be a favorite for live audiences.
“Consume You” is simply transcendent heady Metal with “Lightweight” exploring a mellow, almost Bluesy side during a later breakdown before “The Last Word” closes out the record with a GLORIOUS instrumental shredder that, ironically, features no words.
Messiahvore arrives on February 26th through Golden Robot Records/Coffin And Bolt Records. Pre-order and pre-save your copy now by clicking here. For the latest on Messiahvore, follow them across their various social media pages when you head here, here, or here.