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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DYING FETUS Descend Into Depravity Album Cover Descend Into Depravity
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NILE Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka Album Cover Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka
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DYING FETUS Destroy the Opposition Album Cover Destroy the Opposition
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ABORTED Global Flatline

Album · 2012 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Global Flatline" is the 7th full-length studio album by Belgian death metal act Aborted. The album was released through Century Media Records in January 2012. It´s the successor to "Strychnine.213" from 2008. Four years between albums is a bit unusual for Aborted, who are usually a very busy band. Both when it comes to releasing new material but also when it comes to touring. The four years between albums have not been spend doing nothing though. First off everyone in the lineup except lead vocalist/band founder Sven de Caluwé have been replaced. So this is an almost completely new lineup compared to the lineup who recorded "Strychnine.213 (2008)". Aborted also released the "Coronary Reconstruction" EP in 2010, so there´s also been one release to bridge the gap between "Strychnine.213 (2008)" and "Global Flatline".

Stylistically there are very few surprises if you´re familiar with the last couple of preceding releases by Aborted. It´s relatively brutal and technically well played death metal, featuring good rhythmic variation, some nicely played melodic guitar solos), and aggressive higher pitched snarling vocals complimented by deep growling ones. The band are very well playing, the songwriting professional and relatively catchy, and the sound production is powerful, clear sounding, and detailed. The lyrical subjects are as usual gore/horror themed, which song titles like "Fecal Forgery", "Our Father, Who Art of Feces", and "Vermicular, Obscene, Obese" are a testament to.

The material on the 13 track, 43:40 is relatively memorable, but it´s not instantly catchy, and in the case of most tracks, they require several spins before settling. Some of them feel a bit like filler material too, but there are standout tracks on the album like "Of Scabs and Boils" and "Expurgation Euphori". The former featuring a hardcore punk influenced rhythm (reminding me of early Carcass), and the latter being a more atmospheric slow paced track. Upon conclusion "Global Flatline" is another quality death metal release by Aborted, but it doesn´t stand out much in their discography. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

DYING FETUS Purification Through Violence

Album · 1996 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Purification Through Violence" is the debut full-length studio album by US, Maryland based death metal act Dying Fetus. The album was released through Pulverizer Records in August 1996. Dying Fetus were formed in 1991 and released two demos (compiled on the "Infatuation with Malevolence (1995)" compilation), before releasing "Purification Through Violence".

Stylistically the music on "Purification Through Violence" is extremely brutal and technically well played death metal. The music features both fast blasting and ultra heavy breakdowns, and there is generally a strong hardcore oriented groove influence on the album. Contemporary artists like Obituary and Suffocation are also known to incorporate quite a bit of groove to their death metal music, but this is different, although it´s obvious that Dying Fetus are influenced by especially Suffocation.

Dying Fetus try to take brutality to a new level on "Purification Through Violence" and sometimes being as brutal as possible seems like the only purpose of the album. For an album featuring 8 tracks and a full playing time of 28:42 minutes, it feels surprisingly long, which to my ears is due to the one-dimensional nature of the music. The various unintelligible growling vocal styles used on the album don´t really make it a more inviting nor memorable listen. It´s too bad it´s impossible to catch a phrase or a word just once or twice during the playing time, because violent sounding song titles like "Beaten Into Submission", "Skull Fuck", and "Raped on the Altar", definitely could have been interesting to investigate further. Oh well...that´s what a lyric sheet is for anyway.

When that is said "Purification Through Violence" is still a professional, well produced, very well played, and for the style well written album. Fans of the most brutal and technically well played part of the death metal spectrum should find it an enjoyable listen. To my ears the album could have prospered from just a few catchy moments and more variation between tracks, but a 3.5 star (70%) rating is still deserved.

ABORTED Strychnine.213

Album · 2008 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Strychnine.213" is the 6th full-length studio album by Belgian death metal act Aborted. The album was released through Century Media Records in June 2008. It´s the successor to "Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture" from 2007. There have been quite a few lineup changes since the predecessor, but that´s not unusual for Aborted...

...and lineup changes or not Aborted has always been Sven de Caluwé´s (lead vocals) baby, and the music on the album sounds unmistakbly like Aborted. It´s relatively brutal and technically well played death metal with both high pitched aggressive snarling and deep brutal growling vocals. The music features a lot of well played and melodic guitar solos too, and a good deal of tempo changes. So this is a natural successor to "Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture (2007)" and it´s safe to say there hasn´t been much development in the songwriting department. Little tweaks here and there, but that´s it. The lyrics and the general image of the band are still gore/horror themed which song titles like "A Murmer in Decrepit Wits", "Pestiferous Subterfuge", and "The Chyme Congeries" are also a testament to.

The quality of the material on the 10 track, 37:10 minutes long album is generally pretty high, and although a bit more variation and recognisable hooks could have lifted the music to an even higher level, it´s still a quality release as it is. The musicianship is on a high level too, and the sound production is also decent. The guitars could have prospered from a more fat tone and the bass drums feature a very clicky unnatural sound, but other than that the music and the sound production, go well hand in hand. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

ABORTED FETUS Goresoaked Clinical Accidents

Album · 2012 · Brutal Death Metal
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I’m not sure why grindcore metal gets its own subs called goregrind but similarly nasty versions of death metal equivalents are lumped into brutal death metal or tech death or whatever but the Perm, Russia based ABORTED FETUS makes a good argument for a new sub called goredeath.

This band has been around since 2000 and is a product of not only the 90s death metal scene but very much a progenitor of the goregrind that Carcass released upon an unsuspecting world all the way back in the late 80s.

This band released four EPs before releasing its first “official” album GORESOAKED CLINICAL ACCIDENTS but after the followup “Fatal Dogmatic Damage” decided to record that album and this 2012 version is the result. All i can say is really? You’re seriously worried about quality control on an album that is deemed both brutal death metal as well as slam death metal? The ultimate LOL!

Isn’t ugly the new beautiful after all for fuck’s sake? Ok, this has a fucking killer album cover improvement on par in shock value with Cannibal Corpse’s “The Wretched Spawn” but after that gimme a fekkin break.

OK. Slam death metal. I think you know the shtick by now. Extremely distorted guitar riffs. Bass bombast. Drums that blastbeat and then don’t. Regurgitated belch vocals that sound like dude’s giving himself an oral enema and of course breakdowns, a few tempo changes, rhythmic time signature freakouts and voila, a recipe for the mosh pit! But does this really distinguish itself from the legions of imitators? Not really.

Out of all the sub-categories of death metal perhaps none can fall into the pool of generic uninspiration more readily than the bands that become enveloped by the label brutal death metal. But hey, those fucking album covers make great T-shirts GUARANTEED to piss of the born agains who think breathing is in contradiction to God’s master plan. So how can you go wrong.

I’m an image sucka too but i have learned to differentiate a good idea from actually brilliant music. Yeah, these guys got the physical chops to nail this shit down but they ain’t got the soul to make it stand out and thus are totally indebted to bands like Suffocation and the legion of imitators for its sound but if you live in Perm, Russia perhaps you want an easy ticket out of the doldrums of poverty or whatever so you go with the flow.

No judgments here but i am reviewing an album so all i can say is well done, guys. You really know how to deliver the goods in the expected brutal death metal expectations but you also fail to stand out amongst the plethora of similar sounding bands. For those who cannot get enough of this stuff - you will love it. For those who have a limited threshold - probably not. I’m indifferent. I can appreciate it big time but i also won’t be revisiting it for it doesn’t offer anything beyond the instant mosh pit gratification. Still though, that’s something.

DISSEVERED Agonized Wails Of Disseverment

Album · 2016 · Brutal Death Metal
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Brutal slam death metal and grindcore seem to be the most popular forms of metal for fledgling artists from far flung geographical locations to let off steam. Both are ugly, grimy forms of aggressive caustic metal that allow the most vile and repugnant subject matter to be accompanied by a frenetic distortion frenzy along with indecipherable guttural growls that refer to the grotesque and disturbing. Guess what? It’s everywhere!

DISSEVERED is one of a gazillion newer brutal slam death metal bands out there these days. This band comes from the off-the-radar city of Vientiane, the capital city of the nation of Laos which is situated in between the more popular destinations of Thailand and Vietnam. This group of four members who simply go by Tun (bass), Peter (drums), Ben (guitars) and Tock (vocals) has released one demo, one 4-way split and this so-called album AGONIZED WAILS OF DISSEVERMENT which at 23 1/2 minutes is more like an EP.

Let’s face it. When it comes to the one-dimensional sound of brutal death metal it’s all about the subtleties that distinguish it from other bands. After all, the guitar chugs and growly vocals are almost ubiquitous. DISSEVERED sounds pretty much like a whole legion of newer brutal deathened headbangers. Much like Colombia’s Amputated Genitals, much like the US based Embodied Torment, Estonia’s Baalsebub and neighboring Thailand’s Ecchymosis however this band does offer one distinct element i’ve never heard before in a band of this sort.

What distinguishes DISSEVERED from the multitude of almost identical others is that the drummer seems to use exclusively some sort of bongo or other ethnically derived percussive device. There is no flashy blastbeats or even just regular metal workouts. While the guitars, bass and growls chug away, Peter is simply keeping a primitive beat much like a tabla percussionist would only by accentuating the framework fo the beat instead of adding any fills. For whatever reason this is very effective as it offers a sensualness to the caustic orotundity of the aggression. It also has a tinny sound that punctuates the din quite effectively. I enjoyed this album a lot but when all is said and done it’s not anything to get wildly excited about either.

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