Published Feb 10, 2014Nashville, TN's Yautja are the amazing new band all of your cool friends are talking about. Having already released an EP and a split with Enabler, the trio are on the cusp of being the next greatest act to blow up the death- and grind-infused hardcore sound waves. Debut LP Songs of Descent is sure to push them over the edge.
Featuring members of Coliseum, Gnarwhal and Nameless Cults, among others, Yautja combine equal parts death metal and grind with aggressive, dissonant hardcore and top it off with sludge and crust elements. With 14 tracks in 37 minutes, Songs of Descent features an intense, explosive sound throughout, amalgamating all of their different influences into one cohesive style. "Path of Descent" opens the record with a mid-paced drum pattern, layered with a heavy, distorted low-end and a droning guitar line before kicking into the destructive "Denihilist," containing gnarled vocals. Highlights "Concrete Tongue" and "Faith Resigned" contrast greatly, the former being a visceral and relentless powerviolence attack, the latter a slow-paced doomy track with groove-filled sludge riffs.
Yautja utilize a variety of song structures and alternate time signatures in a way that makes the album catchy and easy to immerse yourself in without being repetitive. Raw and organic, chaotic yet simplistic, Songs of Descent is a superbly composed, well-executed collection of caustic, oppressive music. (ForceField)