At the intersection of terror and chaos, sheer
volume is the crowned king. Swarm of the Lotus is
the latest throne-worthy audio beast Reptilian
Records has committed to wax or plastic. Drawing
justifiable comparisons to heavyweight behemoths
such as Neurosis, Mastodon, Godflesh, Today is the
Day, and Isis, Swarm of the Lotus clearly shares a
table with the best. And one thing Swarm does
better than the aforementioned five is bridging
itself to the modern hardcore of bands like
Converge and Burnt by the Sun as much as to noise
rock, distorted sonic expressionism, deafening
math mayhem, and pure hammering metal. It ain’t
for the weak of spirit. Some songs are the sound
of a caravan of boulder-pulling camels across the
Sahara (while bombs rain down above), and others
are like King Crimson eating acid proffered from
the blood-stained palms of the Manson family.
Reptilian is of course boastfully proud to have
pulled this one from the fires – a three song
(“Torrential”, “Ichabod”, “Withered Am I”),
limited edition picture disc 7” of exclusive
tracks from this devastating Baltimore quartet.
Produced by low-end mastermind John Smulyan, the
tracks blister like mustard gas on cyclopean
infant. With characteristically brutal,
cut-and-paste dementia-and-guts artwork from
acclaimed fetish photographer Carlos Batts, the
envelope has been duly pushed into Hell’s mailbox.
Enjoy the feast.