Have I raised an ale lately to German death metal? Not sure, but I actually just did (which was kind of embarrassing) to make up for any lack of froth-hoisting I've done in recent months towards our comrades overseas who are keeping it sick, such as DEFEATED SANITY, who here get it right on their fourth full length, from the technical death/grind to the looming slow-motion sludge/death (the excellent 'Naraka' just shreds). All tech all the time has destroyed all of our senses, and these guys know that, blowing minds then stopping for a pee break while they play some simple and stoopid DM riff that lulls us to sleep in the best of ways. And wart's this? A snare drum that actually has nuance and subtleties to it? It's... not... triggered. And it's the best production move I've heard in ages, the different whips and cracks and slaps that come out of this guy's grinding keeping things lively, while, elsewhere, the bass runs threaten to steal the show, which isn't something I've typed too many times in my life. Definitely worth checking out for the death-grinders out there.