Expulsion – Nightmare Future
Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: July 14th, 2017
This brand spankin’ new supergroup, not to be confused with the Swedish Death Metal forerunners by the same name, Expulsion consists of some very interesting members. Matt Harvey of Exhumed, Danny Walker of Intronaut and Phobia, Matt Olivo of Repulsion, and Menno Verbaten of Lightning Swords of Death have all joined forces to put out this 14-minute gut punch entitled Nightmare Future.
The album’s thrash quality is foreshadowed by the member’s ties within Death Metal, creating a very intriguing sound. Harvey as a vocalist is merciless. If you have followed his project Gruesome (if you haven’t, shame on you) these early Chuck Schuldiner-esque growls and retches will sound very familiar. On the rhythm side of things, Verbaten’s bass tones will crush your very will to live.
“Altar of Slaughter” is the album’s signature track which encompasses and perhaps defines the band’s sound. This second track will answer all of your questions of where the hell this roller coaster is going to end, and you surely won’t want it to.
Another notable notch on this record is the final track, “Comatose” that illustrates the soon to be ended life of a person withering away in a hospital. The song is very honest, for lack of a better word. With lines such as “dead but alive, awaiting decay. Morbid way to survive, minutes stretch into days,” there isn’t much left to the imagination. I feel as if the familiarity of this song makes it that much better for the listener.
There isn’t a lull of a track on this record, with each one a spine-twisting rib-cracker. Even with this album being as short as it is, it will surely make you want to play it through again and again. Bruising in its brevity, Nightmare Future delivers a vicious and unrelenting onslaught of death/thrash-infused vintage Grindcore. Hopefully, it will having you crossing your fingers that there will be a sophomore effort from Expulsion.