Striking while the iron's hot, Multiversal Abattoir follows close on the heels of FACELESS BURIAL's debut album, "Grotesque Miscreation". Here, the Australian power-trio simply sharpen their blades - and those blades are already extremely sharp, possessing unimaginable death metal might. Theirs is an unremittingly dark and dexterous sound which draws in a variety of death metal traditions: the gooey grind of early '90s Finland, the spiralling surge of classic Tampa, the bazooka-blown fury of old Brazil, the atonal angularity ushered in by Immolation, and the cacophonous caverns travelled by Incantation. And yet again, with this wealth of influence and a heaving foundation on which to stand, FACELESS BURIAL exude a charisma all their own, more so than ever on Multiversal Abattoir. Largely, it comes down to the songwriting itself; forever twisting and never stagnating, each song revealing new corridors through which to spelunk, and efficiently. It's not so much a restless blast through scattershot ideas as it is an endlessly malforming entity making rude shapes - and sending them down to be sliced and sluiced in a very literal Multiversal Abattoir. And that's to say nothing of the utterly powerful production, which once again is both death metal classicism to a T and a skilful balance between clear 'n' cutting and murky 'n' malodorous. The bandwagon is already rolling for FACELESS BURIAL. Step forward to the Multiversal Abattoir or get slaughtered anyway!