Bear Mace ‒ Charred Field Of Slaughter Review

Fast Rites: because sometimes brevity is fundamental.

The easiest way to sell someone on Chicago’s Bear Mace would be to simply say that they often sound a lot like Bolt Thrower and their name is BEAR MACE.

Alright, that might be a bit too simplistic and convenient to fully capture their sound and appeal, as there is definitely more going on. Key among the other influences is older Death, with one section of “Xenomorphic Conquest” seeming to lift directly from “Spiritual Healing,” and the approach to soloing being similar to Chuck Schuldiner’s penchant for cutting the brutality with beauty (especially in the title track). There’s also a good amount of Swedeath pummel throughout, minus any HM-2 chewiness.

Most important is that no matter whom the band is aping, they are as burly as their pepper spray targets. The guitar tone, rumbling bass, and deep vocals all have the thickness of a rabid grizzly. But also a really important point: When Bear Mace sounds like Bolt Thrower, they really sound like Bolt Thrower. Just give a listen to that simple halftime churn in “Rogue Weapon” or the verse drive of “From the Sky Rains Hell” for ample proof.

If you tend to prefer a beef-over-tech approach to your old school death metal, Bear Mace has you covered.

Release date: August 14, 2020.
Label: Independent release.

Posted by Zach Duvall

Last Rites Co-Owner; Senior Editor; Obnoxious overuser of baseball metaphors.

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