Raised by Owls are a band from the United Kingdom that plays a party mixture of death metal and grindcore with a touch of black metal and this is a review of their self released 2016 ep "The Great British Grind Off".
Car sounds start off the album along with some radio sounds before going into a heavier musical direction which also brings in a small amount of melodic guitar leads and spoken word parts are also used briefly and when the music speeds up it goes into a very fast grindcore along with a great amount of blast beats.
Vocals are a mixture of death metal growls and high pitched screams that also has a touch of black metal to them as well as having that influence in the tremolo picking and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and a great portion of the tracks are very short in length.
Elements of hardcore can also be heard at times along with a few back up gang shouts and spoken word samples also make a return in certain sections of the recording and when synths are used for a few seconds on a couple they bring in the atmosphere of a horror movie while most of the music sticks to a heavier direction and the riffs also bring in a small amount of melody along with one track also bringing in a small amount of acoustic guitars and being all instrumental.
Raised by Owls plays a musical style that is mostly rooted in death metal and grindcore while also having elements of hardcore and black metal which also makes the musical stand out a lot more, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover humorous themes.
In my opinion Raised By Owls are a very great sounding party mixture of death metal and grindcore with a touch of black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "You Have Been Mary Buried" "Off To The Pub" "Rot Stewart" and "Strictly Come Grinding...". 8 out of 10.