Published Feb 11, 2014While it might seem as though Black Market Activities just pulled a Beyoncé and released Bird Eater's record as a surprise, it's more likely bad planning and lack of promotion. However, no matter the circumstances behind the release, the important thing is that the long-awaited debut LP is finally here. Featuring members of Gaza, Day of Less and others, the Salt Lake City-based band have unleashed their highly-anticipated follow-up to 2007's stellar Utah EP.
Dead Mothers Make the Sun Set is just as crushing and dismal as expected. The 11-track offering starts off with some western twang in the guitar-steered "Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump" before "You Don't Belong Here" kicks things up with a barrage of riffs, fierce drum blasts and tortured vocals. The cacophonous fusion of death metal with doom elements and country influences forms Bird Eater's Utah-themed sound of despondent metallic noise.
While the album features a number of vicious, stampeding tracks, such as "The Birds Will Take Your Eyes First," "Leather Worker" and "Judgement," the heavy mayhem of rhythms and volatile growls are juxtaposed with simpler, slow-paced instrumentals "Cihuateteo" and "Gather," which contain gorgeous melodies as desolate as Utah's deserts. Although Dead Mothers Make the Sun Set isn't an easy album to get your hands on — it's currently only available on vinyl and a digital release is expected at a later date — it's well worth seeking out. (Black Market Activities)