The Lurking Fear – “Vortex Spawn”

The Lurking Fear, the new band with Tomas Lindberg and Adrian Erlandsson from At the Gates, previewed a new track from their upcoming Out of the Voiceless Grave debut album which comes out August 11th on Century Media.

“Vortex Spawn” sounds Tomas Lindberg is fronting one of those random atonal techdeaf bands that fail miserably at actually writing music as they are instrumental wankers who wish to roofie and blow Gorguts backstage after opening for them. “Vortex Spawn” is slightly better than that as The Lurking Fear have a previous band of Lindberg’s to rip off, Grotesque, in what would be a riff salad if it were not written from lobotomized and chopped up Grotesque compositions. Yes this new single sounds like Portal, Deathspell Omega, or Blood Incantation are trying to imitate Grotesque as they thought the all-encompassing In the Embrace of Evil CD was dope in 1996. They fail. Buy that disc if you haven’t already. Ignore this.

Vocalist Tomas Lindberg gave insight on the song’s meaning by stating, “To us, this track sums up all the raging, interstellar evil that we tried to convey with this album. We want the riffs to slither out of your speakers like torrents of tentacles, crowned in festering doom. The vocals pulsating with aeons of filth and death. Spewing out of its cosmic, voiceless grave: the “Vortex Spawn”. Timeless Death”

Where is the “raging, interstellar evil: in this turd? Tomas Lindberg is making this track sound like a Lovecraftian entity or Grand Moff Tarken. What a pitiful shilling attempt. Where is the uncaring exterminating evil? I do not hear any malevolence at all on this track; I only hear noodling. I want to eat spaghetti. That would be a great meal. Better than listening to “Vortex Spawn.” This composition is not freshly-grated Parmesan cheese. It is not even Cheez Wiz. “Vortex Spawn” is rotten cottage cheese being dumped all over your previously delicious pasta.

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12 thoughts on “The Lurking Fear – “Vortex Spawn””

  1. Gardens of Grief Gnome says:

    It kind of sounds like a ‘Great Southern Trend Kill’ ripoff. Whenever swedes face creative bankruptcy, expect no less than trucker metal.

  2. Sodomythical Frostgoat says:

    That was shit.

    Gonna wash my ears out with City Of Screaming Statues.

  3. Rainer Weikusat says:

    This is a superficially (and very superficially) deathened rock song. The lead guitar fills which are all over the place in the middle part, which even uses a slightly varied blues rhythm, are a tell-tale sign of this. Similar to Tau Cross and current Ihsahn, the vocals are really the only ‘energetic’ part, anything else is just harmless, low-key decoration for these.

    As required for the target audience, it seems that more effort went into the production than into the track. We want the deafest deaf medal but tailoered for our refined/em> tastes.

    Much nicer (digital) demo/ ep I came accross recently:

    Note to all the keyboard vipers out there: Few things are ever accomplished without a healthy dose of arrogance.

    1. ignominious says:

      Thanks for that. Pretty solid for a bunch of kids.

    2. fenrir says:

      Actually that is pretty bad.

      1. Relies completely on empty tropes without taking them anywhere in terms of narrative.
      2. Relies heavily on deathcore kind of rhythmic retardation.
      3. One can see the bottom and origin of such superficiality: self referential “metal by metalheads for metalheads”:
      In the Name of True Death Metal.

      Get the hell out of here.

      1. This is the local crust band version of Autopsy.

      2. Jerry Hauppa says:

        Turned it off after they couldn’t figure out how to go from the very first riff to the second. Not even two riffs in and since they couldn’t figure out how to transition to the “and now for something completely different” second riff, they decide to throw in a drum solo, or all things. True death metal indeed.

        1. Rainer Weikusat says:

          You have to excuse the (arguably deplaced) drum solo because the lady founded the band. You should also consider that people have to start somewhere: This is obviously not the greatest record on the planet but it is good enough for an enjoyable, occasional listen. In particular, I’ve certainly known (and owned) much worse first demos.

          For a more constructive criticism: The vocals are way too dominant.

          1. Rainer Weikusat says:

            BTW: The start of the track is also composed of two riffs which are both repeated once, ie, A – B – A – B, followed by the (short) drum solo. Judging from a somewhat cursory look (I’m more interested in listening to music than trying to map it), the second riff also appears in a few variations in the second part of the track.

            OTOH, all of this os obviously going to be entirely Chinese to people who are so hardcore focussed on other people and nothing but other people that they’ll always arrive at spewing the same “Baggins! We hate it forever!” venom after short introduction.

      3. Rainer Weikusat says:

        What’s 2. Re2. Relies heavily on deathcore kind of rhythmic retardation.? This is something recorded by a deathcore band:

        It’s completely atrocious and an entirely different kind of music. Which similarities do you see here?

  4. canadaspaceman says:

    Morbid Messiah = hot diggity dog!
    I like it, I like it a lot! Thanks for the link Rainer.

  5. bring back the metal into deathmetal orh says:

    how old are you maraat?

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