Scrawl from The Saw’s Butcher Shop: Creeping Death – The Edge of Existence (2021) EP REVIEW

 What’s going on Butcher Crew?! It’s ya girl, your Master Butcher, The Saw; and there have been so many record releases this month! One of my favorites that was released in October is Creeping Death’s The Edge of Existence EP. It’s been a while since we have gotten music from Creeping Death, but it was worth the wait! 

When I am listening to music, I am always aware of how it makes me feel. I love metal, mainly death metal, so much because it always makes me happy. I can’t help but smile anytime I listen to it. The traditional death metal sound is my bread and butter. I love me some grooves! This record had me grinning from ear to ear when I listened to it. The Edge of Existence has that perfect blend of traditional, groovy death metal and hardcore, but also some components of thrash. 

The first three songs on the EP, “The Edge of Existence,” “Relics From The Past,” and “Humanity Transcends” are all new songs. The last trio, “Sacrament Of Death,” “Doused In Flames,” and “Skinned Alive” are re-recorded songs from their 2016 EP. 

Creeping Death added a new guitarist that gives the sound an extra punch. Guitarist A.J. Ross (Kombat and Torture Tomb) is very noticeable on the record right from the beginning. He compliments Creeping Death’s sound very well. 

The EP starts strong with the title track – The Edge of Existence. The groove never leaves the song and vocalist Reese Alavi’s growls and snarls blend well with the overall sound. The band also uses an echo effect on the vocals which sounds amazing and gives the song (and entire EP) an extra bone-crushing layer. The opening track sums up everything great about this EP; thick guitar parts, catchy ass hooks, and quick tempo changes.

The title track is natural, raw, and real. What I mean by this is that you can hear that they recorded their first 3 tracks live. In Relics From The Past, you can hear someone yelling “YEAH!!!” in the background. I love it when bands record like this, it does make the album/EP sound more authentic. 

This EP gives off an early ‘90s death metal sound. This style has re-emerged within the death metal scene recently and I couldn’t be happier. I love all things ‘90s anyways so, of course I would love this! 

Creeping Death has a second full length coming out soon. This was just a tease of what is to come.

If you are a fan of Obituary or Bolt Thrower, I think you would eat this album up! 

Favorite songs: The Edge of Existence and Humanity Transcends. 

Rating: 8/10 

Stay Metal, 

THE SAW