Ramlord – Crippled Minds, Sundered Wisdom

Since unleashing the self-described “opus to [the] inherent filth of mankind,” Crippled Minds, Sundered Wisdom, blackened crust comrades RAMLORD have focused on fine tuning their attack. They’ve embarked on an ongoing series of split releases (including last summer’s crust-meets-USBM collision with Krieg), which have honed the trio into a truly formidable agent of sonic depravity. Flying solo this time out, the stenchcore irregulars unleash a desperate two-track flurry with appropriately bitter abandon on their new self-titled 7″ single (out March 10th on Broken Limbs), a gut-level howl of bleakness and terminal despair.

Out prior to an upcoming US tour in May with THANTIFAXATH and IMPERIAL TRIUMPHANT, and a European leg in August with NUCLEAR DEVASTATION, this limited edition vinyl release keeps it sick-and-succinct on its two unflinching sides. “The Breached Sanctum” lurches from a deceptively placid intro to double-time crust-gallop to an anguished slow-motion climax with perilous, zombie-like precision and determination. The pace again picks up on the hardcore-indebted B-Side, “The Fog of Neglect,” as shredded vocals barely balance on the back of a stubbornly unpredictable riff-beast.

Much more than a throwaway tour sweetener, this assertive 7″ single gives RAMLORD a chance to once again completely own the spotlight (prior to dropping yet another split release). They take full advantage of the opportunity — as should fans. With a mere 300 copies up for grabs, this one is pretty well guaranteed to sell out quick.

Matthew Elliot is a political and music writer, editor, and social media hooligan from London, ON. A lifelong, obsessive metal fanatic, he tries not to take the third person too seriously. Tries. Send promo blasts to: [email protected].