Resin Tomb – Resin Tomb (EP)

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/Label: Brilliant Emperor Records
Released: 2020
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Band lineup:
Matthew Budge – vocals
Perry Vedelago – drums
Brendan Auld – guitars



Aussie based three-piece band Resin Tomb is pretty fresh on the scene and have their first release in this self-titled EP. The band hail from Brisbane and has produced five tracks of some rather bludgeoning music to introduce themselves with. The three members all have experience in previous bands such as Snorlax, Consumed, and Siberian Hell Sounds, which all three members of Resin Tomb are in together. They’ve all played in grind, death, and black metal bands before but it looks as though they have opted to blend all three into the mix here with Resin Tomb.

They already have the chemistry and experience of playing in bands together, so this is a project that stays separate from the others but explores new territory for the band members. As mentioned, each member has delved within these sub-genres before and it just makes logical sense to combine them all and see what happens. What’s happened here is that Resin Tomb has tapped into a very organic soundscape that blends some of the more extreme components in music into one solid compound of aggression.

There’s something a bit different than expected from the first two tracks as there’s a bit more space than I’d expect in a lot of the guitar work. This is a sporadic feature that gives the music these areas of dissonance and weighted atmosphere. It’s where we see the more blackened elements kick in that provide these sharp and cutting moments. The drums are pretty much a constant throughout as Perry Vedelago gives no ground and provides a furious display although there’s plenty of variety so it’s not all just blast beats and snare. His interchanges on the toms are quite spectacular in certain fills like on ’Surfacing’. I’m not personally sold on Matthew Budge’s vocals when he’s hitting the higher screams as it’s a bit closer to a deathcore sound but his range goes way beyond that and his gutturals have a redeeming quality which galvanizes the music.

I’m a fan of the shorter tracks with ‘Prostrated’ serving as a contender for the album. The switch right at the end where the pick scrape comes in is simply excellent, and it’s a pure shame that it doesn’t extend much more than a few seconds. There’s even a slight bit of groove afforded which opens things up further. The final track ‘Bestial’ is the finest example of the blackened themes coming into use and is the longest track on the EP.; it’s a bit of a ride as many passages ebb and flow before the EP comes to a grinding halt.

It took a few listens for me to be sold on this EP but it’s got a lot going for it and is a perfect avenue for musical exploration for the band. They are utilising the most extreme forms of metal going and fusing them into one all-consuming soundscape that many may not have the stomach for. Maybe not even the will-power to stick through, but Resin Tomb has made a statement here and it’s one of sadistic intent. I’d like to see more flow and groove implemented but only correctly as they have done with ‘Prostrated’ as a swing here or there might just provide more space to move things forward. At any rate, this is one smashing way to introduce yourself onto the world stage, and Resin Tomb has put themselves in a commanding position.

Review By: Pete Mutant