I was first exposed to Vancouver’s Baptists earlier this year when I saw them open for Skeletonwitch at the Biltmore Cabaret. At the time I was quite impressed by the band: their blend of metal and hardcore was an excellent warm-up to the headliners. Usually I hate this style of music, but the band’s live show was so energetic that it was hard not to like them.

I saw the band again a couple of months ago when they opened for Corrosion of Conformity. Even though they started early and only a few people were in the audience, they still played like they were the headliners. The vocalist flailed about and jumped into the audience, screaming like a madman – in short, they were awesome. When I found out Bushcraft was being released, I jumped at the opportunity to review the album as I was curious to know how their sound would translate to record.

While I can’t say that Bushcraft adequately conveys the sheer brutality of the band’s live assaults, I can confirm that it is a decent album that shows a group with a lot of promise. Produced by Kurt Ballou, Bushcraft is something that a Converge fan would eat right up. Noisy and viscous, the band pummel the listener with short blasts of hate.

While Bushcraft is a decent release, to really appreciate the band you need to see them in a live setting. In the meantime, check the album out, and when they show up in your town, go see them. You will not be disappointed!

Track Listing:

01. Betterment
02. Think Tank Breed
03. Bullets
04. In Droves
05. Still Melt
06. Mortar Head
07. Crutching Trails
08. Bushcraft
09. Soiled Roots
10. Russian Spirits
11. Abandon

Run Time: 28:35
Release Date: February 19, 2013

Check out the song “Tourettes”