Vitriol - Hive Lungs - Song Review - Extreme Death Metal from Portland, Oregon, USA

Vitriol - Hive Lungs - Song Review - Extreme Death Metal from Portland, Oregon, USA
Vitriol - Hive Lungs - Song Review - Extreme Death Metal from Portland, Oregon, USA

Today, we delve into the extreme world of Vitriol, my personal favorite band in Portland, Oregon from the last century. In this review, I will explore their latest release, the terrifying song and music video, 'Hive Lungs.' Join me as we dissect its character, style, story, potential, and more.

Vitriol has been making waves since their official debut in 2017 with the single "Pain Will Define Their Death." They continued their journey with three more powerful singles - "The Parting of a Neck" (2018), "Crowned in Retaliation" (2019), and "I Drown Nightly" (2019) - leading up to their full-length album, "To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice" (2019). Now, let us embark on this musical journey while listening to the song that showcases their artistic prowess.

Vitriol, in my book, stands as a worthy successor to the pioneers of extreme death metal, particularly DEATH. I discovered Vitriol through their latest album, "To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice," and have been an avid follower of their work ever since. What sets Vitriol apart is not only their exceptional music but also their mission and significance within the death metal genre. They embody the essence of true death metal, not only through their music but also through their musical character, image, compositions, instrumentation, origins, and most importantly, their genuine personalities. In many ways, they remind me of why we all loved, respected, and admired Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead (R.I.P.) - his rock 'n' roll lifestyle, his music as an extension of his life, and his lyrics as a reflection of his story. Vitriol, in this context, represents pure death metal to me. As a devoted fan of Death and Chuck Schuldiner myself, I experienced a similar feeling when I first encountered Vitriol's performance. Amidst the sea of new music I encounter daily from around the world, I can confidently say that nothing compares to Vitriol.

'Hive Lungs' is an epic song that captivates with its dynamic energy, progressive elements, intricate instrumentation, and, of course, the trademark brutality that defines Vitriol. Despite its extreme nature, 'Hive Lungs' showcases melodic aspects that coexist harmoniously with the technical and dark elements, occasionally reminiscent of the legendary band 'Opeth.' The song takes listeners on a journey that begins with a full-frontal assault, gradually escalating in tension and melody. Its composition strikes a beautiful balance, never losing attention or excitement due to complexity nor becoming tedious through simplicity. Vitriol's expertise in instrumentation shines through, drawing listeners into their dark realm.

Technically, 'Hive Lungs' demonstrates exceptional standards. The production quality is clear, while maintaining an old-school, progressive, and dark atmosphere that resonates perfectly with the music. Although I am uncertain about the producer behind "To Bathe From The Throat Of Cowardice," their work alongside the musicians has resulted in an album that stands among the most epic-sounding metal releases in recent memory. While many metal albums boast remarkable sound, this album holds a special place in my heart.

Considering all these factors, I am once again blown away by Vitriol. 'Hive Lungs' is an undeniable masterpiece that has left an indelible mark on the history of death metal. In this tumultuous era of music, I am grateful for the presence of a band like Vitriol, whose authentic approach defies the trends of our time. While music trends come and go, genuine bands with a raw attitude endure eternally, and Vitriol is one such band that remains untouchable.

'Hive Lungs' has rightfully earned its place on our Top Metal Songs Playlist on Spotify.

In conclusion, the Metalhead Community Team extends heartfelt congratulations to Vitriol for their exceptional work on 'Hive Lungs,' and we wish them continued success in their future endeavors. Thank you for reading.


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