Brutal Death Metal

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Brutal death metal emphasizes brutality in music and lyrics. The guitar distortion often has a lot of bottom, and the players make use of pinched harmonics, heavy riffage and very fast palm-muted picking, while the drumming typically incorporates blastbeats and fast double bass drum work. In terms of composition and performance, brutal death metal is often complex and technical, as one tune typically contains several, often difficult-to-perform, sections. The vocals typically consist of low pitch growls, sometimes combined with screams and shrieks, and the lyrics typically deal with violence, mutilation, violation and murder, described in gory detail. Slam death metal is sometime considered a distinct subgenre of brutal death metal because of its focus on heavy breakdowns and moshpit-friendly midtempo brutal riffage at the expense of speed and intensity. Examples of brutal death metal bands are Suffocation, Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Severe Torture, Infernal Torment, Benighted, and early Illdisposed.

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SUFFOCATION ...Of The Dark Light Album Cover ...Of The Dark Light
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4.39 | 5 ratings
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NILE Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka Album Cover Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
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SUFFOCATION Despise the Sun Album Cover Despise the Sun
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NILE Black Seeds of Vengeance

Album · 2000 · Brutal Death Metal
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UMUR
"Black Seeds of Vengeance" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US death metal act Nile. The album was released through Relapse Records in September 2000. There have been a couple of lineup changes since the release of "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (1998)" as drummer Pete Hammoura was forced to leave Nile as a result of an injury he sustained while touring in support of the debut album. He plays on "To Dream of Ur", but other than that the drums are played by session drummer Derek Roddy (Malevolent Creation, Hate Eternal, Council of the Fallen, Serpents Rise...). Second guitarist/vocalist Dallas Toler-Wade is new in the lineup. The lineup is completed by Karl Sanders (guitars, vocals, keyboards) and Chief Spires (bass, vocals) who are the only remaining members from the lineup who recorded "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (1998)". Only a few months after the release of "Black Seeds of Vengeance", Chief Spires would also jump ship.

So "Black Seeds of Vengeance" was created in a period of lineup turmoil, but that´s not really audible when listening to the album, which is cleverly crafted and skillfully played. The album features 12 tracks and a full playing time of 42:55. Some tracks are fast-paced, technical, and initially quite chaotic sounding like "Defiling the Gates of Ishtar" and the title track, while others are more heavy and epic like "The Black Flame" and "To Dream of Ur". In addition to the "regular" metal tracks, the album also features shorter instrumental middle eastern sounding interludes. The ancient egypt lyrical themes are explained in detail in the booklet which features extensive liner notes for each track. Along with the generally dark atmosphere, the middle eastern instrumental parts, the in depth description of the lyrics provide the overall listening experience with great impact.

The band are highly skilled musicians, and every note is played with great passion and conviction. High speed precision drumming, fast-paced guitar riffs and screaming atonal solos, and brutal growling vocals delivered by three different vocalists. The vocals are predominantly very low range and unintelligible, but there is the occasional word or phrase which are intelligible. The sound production is generally powerful, raw, and detailed, but a more organic bass drum sound and a more intense guitar tone, could have made it even better. Those are only minor issues though, and "Black Seeds of Vengeance" is overall a great sounding release.

So upon conclusion "Black Seeds of Vengeance" is a high quality sophomore studio album by Nile, which sees them developing their sound even further towards something unique. It´s raw, filthy, and chaotic sounding, but at the same time highly sophisticated and structurally complex, which is a hard balance that Nile strike perfectly. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

ARTERY ERUPTION Reduced to a Limbless Sexslave

Album · 2003 · Brutal Death Metal
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Ever since Suffocation introduced the world to the extremes of brutal death metal, bands from far and wide have been finding new ways to take death metal into even more ridiculous extremes and from those attempts emerged the slam death metal sub-genre which basically teased the technical speed wizardry of the guitar riffs into slow chugging globs of distorted sound. Since Devourment unleashed what has been called the first true slam death metal album with “Molesting The Decapitated,” it seems that the floodgates have been opened and the arms race to create the most disgusting sounds and most ridiculous album cover art has been in play ever since.

While much slam death metal tends to sound a little generic with the same old ideas recycled time and time again, a scant few albums do stand out from the legions of morbid sick minds that dream this stuff up. The Clovis, CA based ARTERY ERUPTION released what is considered to be one of the more essential examples of this disturbed form of music that somehow emerged from the cracks between where death metal, grindcore and lo-fi retardation from bands like Faxed Head lie. ARTERY ERUPTION followed the trend of outdoing Cannibal Corpse for the most outrageous album and track titles along with ridiculous over the top cover art. REDUCED TO A LIMBLESS SEXSLAVE is the debut and was released in 2003 and the music is as fucked up and hilarious as the lovely album cover!

While REDUCED TO A LIMBLESS SEXSLAVE may sound like the status quo of incessant noise and mindless aggression to the uninitiated, there are a few differences to ARTERY ERUPTION’s approach. True that the pig grunted vocals which expel unintelligible utterances reek of been there done that as do the tidal flows of chunky down-tuned slam death guitar riffs, but this album also displays some other guitar tricks such as slides, pseudo-proggy breakdowns and an irascibly chaotic delivery system. What stands out most of all though is that the guitar and bass are muddled into a murky down-tuned quagmire of distortion, the percussion sounds more like the drummer only known as Brian decided to play on any pots and pans that he could find in the kitchen and therefore the percussive drive is nothing more than a tinny delivery of beats to accent the muddled metal madness but there are also subdued blastbeats lurking under the din so i guess there are two drum parts. There are also bursts of tin pan percussive fury!

Slam death has become one of metal’s greatest dumping grounds for not only the macabre and morbid but also has emerged as a great source of sardonic grotesque immature humor which takes all the most disgusting and hilarious ideas possible and throws them in a blender. Just a glance at some of the titles like “Rage-Induced Infant Assfuck,” “Jacking off on an Inside-Out Butthole,” “Getting a Woodie in Your Sweats and Setting It on Fire” is enough to disgust and delight all at the the same time. While many slam death albums are clearly lacking in imagination, REDUCED TO A LIMBLESS SEXSLAVE somehow keeps my attention for its duration with silly movie clip narrations with emotive tugs of background music and then just a slugfest of pig grunts, unleashed slam aggression and well perversion turned up to 11 and beyond but most of all this is just fucking hilarious!

MEATHOOK Crypts, Coffins, Corpses

Album · 2019 · Brutal Death Metal
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With a bandname, album title, album artwork, and even record label name providing a few clues, it was rather safe to say that this was an album of brutal death metal before it even hit the player. This is their third album, and with a band built around three brothers, it perhaps isn’t a surprise that they hit so hard. In some ways they remind me of Cryptopsy, but far blunter and raw. The production is also deliberately lo-tech, so there are times when it feels like the ears are being assaulted by a wall of sonic mud. There is a groove underpinning what they are doing, which makes this feel very much like an album from the early days of the genre as opposed to what is happening these days.

This is dark, as if the swamp thing has come to life and is going to take you in his fetid embrace, cutting off all light and hope, as you drown in a world of nightmares. The first time I played it I really wasn’t sure, nor the second, and then I realised the problem – I wasn’t playing it loud enough. This is an album which really appreciates volume, so why not share the “joy” of Meathook with your neighbours. It like being caressed by a sledgehammer…

SUFFOCATION The Close of a Chapter

Live album · 2006 · Brutal Death Metal
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"The Close of a Chapter" is a live album release by US, New York based death metal act Suffocation. The album was originally independently released in 2005 limited to 50 CD copies and the digital download option, but Relapse Records picked it up for a label release in late 2009. The 13 tracks on the 64:05 minutes long album is the full unedited performance of the band´s Quebec City show on the 2005 tour supporting their 2004 comeback album "Souls To Deny".

To those not familar with Suffocation they are one of the originators of brutal and technically well played death metal. Predominantly unintelligible growling vocals, massive meaty riffs and chaotic screaming solos, and a rhythm section delivering loads of tempo changes, breaks and ultra heavy breakdowns, and generally just impressive technical playing. That´s what Suffocation has been about since day one, and that´s what they are about on this live album too.

The tracklist includes songs from all four studio albums released up until then and from both the "Human Waste (1991)" EP and the "Despise the Sun (1998)" EP, so it´s arguably a good representation of Suffocation´s discography up until 2005. Classic tracks like "Infecting the Crypts", "Catatonia", "Pierced From Within", and "Breeding the Spawn", along side tracks from "Souls To Deny (2004)", which at the time was the latest studio album by the band. There is good audience interaction between the tracks as lead vocalist Frank Mullen makes sure to tell the audience how happy Suffocation are to play for them. He also encourages moshpits, and just genereally keeps the show flowing all the way through. Anyone who´s seen Frank "The Hand" Mullen live knows what a great and passionate character he is, and it´s apparent here too.

It´s not only an unedited performance but also what sounds like a raw and more or less unedited sound production. I wouldn´t call it lo-fi, but it is pretty unpolished and not always clear sounding. So you get a pretty good idea of how a Suffocation show sounds like in real life. Warts and all. The thing is though the musical performances are pretty much flawless. Suffocation have always been an extremely well playing act and their performances here are "just another day at the office" in that respect. Upon conclusion I´d say that the sound quality could have been slightly better, but overall "The Close of a Chapter" is a solid and authentic sounding live album by Suffocation and a 3.5 star (70%) rating isn´t all wrong.

HATE ETERNAL Upon Desolate Sands

Album · 2018 · Brutal Death Metal
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Having cut his teeth with Ripping Corpse and Morbid Angel, Erik Rutan formed Hate Eternal in 1997, since when he has been pursuing his own brand of Florida-style death metal which is both technical and brutal. There may have been some line-up changes over the years, but bassist J.J. Hrubovcak has been there for a decade now, and new drummer Hannes Grossmann has fitted in really nicely. The first three tracks are setting the listener up for the rest of the album, allowing the ears to bed into the complexity and nuances, then when the fourth song “Nothingness of Being” kicks in, the band allow themselves to become even more brutal, as well as more diverse, complex and really kick it on.

From here the band play as if they are possessed, with “All Hope Destroyed” surely one of the fastest introductions they have ever attempted – it is no wonder they pause for breath before they dig into the main event! Erik Rutan has been driving this band for more than twenty years, and it feels like they are gaining ground as opposed to falling away like some of their peers. This is death metal at its finest, and the only thing to do is keep turning it up and feel the pain. Brilliant.

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