OSSUARIUM seep out of the depths of Portland, Oregon’s underground. Originally created as an outlet for Ryan Koger (drums) and Daniel Kelley (guitar/vocals) to express their mutual interest in late '80s and early '90s American death metal, OSSUARIUM fiendishly manifested into its current form with the addition of Nate McCleary (lead guitar) and Jeff Roman (bass) to their lineup in early 2017, after which they began writing the songs that would eventually become Calcified Trophies of Violence. Indeed, their opening salvo seethes with the same eldritch darkness of their aesthetic forebears, pulsing with a similarly linear heft that marked so much classic death metal during the turn of the '90s. Even the production itself on the tape is era-accurate, so authentic is the band's understanding of the form: OSSUARIUM have arrived with Calcified Trophies of Violence.
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Living Tomb is one of 2019’s best death metal albums, and this is beyond dispute. This is the latest high-quality exemplar of the old school death metal movement, and though it expertly combines death and doom metal in ways that Incantation mastered so long ago, it also features a cavernous production to rival the likes of Disma, making Living Tomb an immensely heavy and crushing experience. What makes this particularly special is its mastery of dynamics, with songs never remaining at the same tempo or treading the same melodic territory for too long, yet always remaining cohesive. There are also, for lack of a better term, psychedelic flourishes throughout the album that add an ethereal component to the atmosphere. I do not consider this to be as good or as original as Blood Incantation’s Starspawn, but as far as modern death metal goes, it is better than 98 percent of its competition. Enter the living tomb, and become one with Ossuarium. Ippocalyptica