Somewhere between punk, hardcore, thrash and death metal lies a small but very active universe, named 'Crust'. It borrows the intension of hardcore punk with the riffing of thrash and the vocals of death metal. Doom was one of the forefathers, quickly followed by a number of groundbreaking acts. Simbiose, from Portugal, is clearly one of them. However, they, too, take the genre a bit further and nudge intensly toward death metal.
Their ferocious and brutal crust is played with an almost unmatched intensity that resembles the first efforts by Sepultura in the late eighties. With lyrics both in English and Portuguese, this similarity is reinforced but Simbiose takes it a bit further than that. All thirteen songs (after the impending intro) are high-speed assaults on the listener.
The crushing arrogance and sheer brutaly in this album make it almost sound like old-school grindcore. Even vintage black metal isn't that far away at times, making the album both frenzied and varied, a rare but very welcome combination in the extreme genres.
So yes, Trapped is a growling, clawing and mordacious beast, setting your bed on fire during your worst nightmares and leaving you motionless and in absolute terror. On the other hand, when you're not sleeping, this music definitely has the power to kick off an extented moshpit because that's what stuff like this is made for. Damn, this sh*t is intense....
p.s. you can listen to the album on Invisible Oranges by clicking here