(Andy Synn wrote the following review of the new album by the Danish band Bæst, which will be released on March 5th by Century Media.)
Despite my many years writing, reviewing, and prognosticating about Metal – whether for NCS or Terrorizer or whoever – I still don’t really understand how the hype machine works.
Why does one band get big and another, doing the exact same thing (sometimes even better) not?
What makes one particular style of music suddenly explode in popularity while others seem destined to linger in obscurity?
And what, pray tell, does it take to get your voice heard over the deafening hype hurricane?
You see, ever since they released their first album (2018’s Danse Macabre) I’ve been practically yelling from the literal rooftops about how great Bæst are – easily the equal of your Blood Incantations, your Tomb Molds, or whoever else you might want to mention – and I’ve only gotten louder since they released the even better Venenum in 2019.
So, with the imminent release of the group’s third album, I think it’s high time people came round to the fact that Bæst are simply one of the all-round and undisputed best bands in Death Metal.