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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DYING FETUS Stop at Nothing Album Cover Stop at Nothing
DYING FETUS
4.41 | 4 ratings
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ABNORMALITY Mechanisms of Omniscience Album Cover Mechanisms of Omniscience
ABNORMALITY
4.25 | 5 ratings
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DYING FETUS Destroy the Opposition Album Cover Destroy the Opposition
DYING FETUS
4.13 | 10 ratings
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FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Agony Album Cover Agony
FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE
4.10 | 16 ratings
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HOUR OF PENANCE Paradogma Album Cover Paradogma
HOUR OF PENANCE
4.11 | 5 ratings
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HATE ETERNAL Conquering the Throne Album Cover Conquering the Throne
HATE ETERNAL
4.17 | 3 ratings
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DYING FETUS Descend Into Depravity Album Cover Descend Into Depravity
DYING FETUS
4.02 | 8 ratings
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SUFFOCATION Pierced From Within Album Cover Pierced From Within
SUFFOCATION
3.94 | 18 ratings
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SUFFOCATION Effigy of the Forgotten Album Cover Effigy of the Forgotten
SUFFOCATION
3.94 | 17 ratings
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SEVERE TORTURE Misanthropic Carnage Album Cover Misanthropic Carnage
SEVERE TORTURE
4.00 | 5 ratings
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SUFFOCATION Despise the Sun Album Cover Despise the Sun
SUFFOCATION
4.05 | 3 ratings
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HOUR OF PENANCE Sedition Album Cover Sedition
HOUR OF PENANCE
3.93 | 10 ratings
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DYING FETUS Destroy the Opposition

Album · 2000 · Brutal Death Metal
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Warthur
In principle a highly politicised album, in practice the death growl on the vocals here is so extreme that they sound more like an angry burping frog, and you'd never work out what Dying Fetus are on about if you didn't read the lyric sheet. Still, you can tell from the music that they're angry, angry lads, because just as they turn the growlgrunts up to 11, so too do they turn up everything else. Clearly, Dying Fetus don't believe it's worth doing brutal death metal unless you are going to do BRUTAL death metal, and this is a pretty decent example of the form.

DEATHFUCKINGCUNT Splitroast

Split · 2009 · Brutal Death Metal
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Vim Fuego
If you go by the old saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” when you look at Splitroast, and then find it offensive, it’s your own fucking fault! In this case, the cover is telling the truth.

This less than classy little split album from Western Australia features a spooky looking labiascape cover, like a vaginal “Altars of Madness” or a gynaecological take on Obituary’s “The End Complete”. Inside, Cuntscrape’s artwork features a bearded man having his vagina probed with a stethoscope by a doctor. Death Fucking Cunt are pictured sitting around a tomb vandalized with the phrase “smash sack, sniff petrol, praise Allah”. It’s the perfect cover for filthy pornogrind and deviant death metal, which is exactly what the Mighty ‘Scrape and D.F.C. deliver.

Cuntscrape’s comedy grind is actually pretty well executed, combining highly inappropriate porno samples (A woman puking. A man says “Oh shoot! OK, you coulda used the dog dish. It’s no good. My house smells like sperm”, from “Technical Brutal Death Metal Song”) snatched from fuck knows where, with tight but stupid music. How stupid? Try song titles like “The Veiny Shaft of Justice”, “Uncle Nasty Fingers”, and “Mayonnasian”. “Breastaurant” has an almost blues-y swagger, reminiscent of the occasional flourish by fellow Aussie grinders Blood Duster. “Finntrollop” is a bang on piss take of Finntroll’s humppa-metal. The Middle Eastern-themed “Hommusexual” features ululation, and a yobbo taunt of “eat some meat, ya pansy!” In between all the parodies and porno though, these guys grind like a motherfucker.

Death Fucking Cunt deal in great slabs of brutal, technical death metal. If you like Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Deeds of Flesh, or any other band of that ilk, you will like the four tracks on show here. There’s the constant percussion barrage, the bestial vocals, the heavy, distorted, technical riffs, the breakneck tempos, and songs which are completely indistinguishable from one another. That’s not necessarily a criticism- if you like what happens in the first few seconds of “Flexus Plexus”, you’re probably going to like “hothorses.com”, “Light Beer = Intense Queer” and “Insane Cumsore” too.

The whole “Splitroast” package is intense and perverted. It is misogynistic, slightly homophobic, anti-vegetarian, racially insensitive, a little zoophilic, and childishly offensively funny. It’s also a damn good listen, for lovers of well-produced goregrind and brutal death metal. Anyone upset or offended by it simply doesn’t understand the purpose of “Splitroast”, and shouldn’t be listening in the first place.

SUFFOCATION Pierced From Within

Album · 1995 · Brutal Death Metal
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Warthur
"Suffocation" is, in and of itself, a great name for a death metal band - because not only does it suggest death, but it suggests a really horrible death, a frantic struggle for breath which is denied to you, a method of killing which doesn't even break the skin and yet is terrible to imagine experiencing nonetheless.

Apt, then, that Suffocation's Pierced From Within should have such an absolutely smothering sound, unleashing brutal attack after brutal attack against the listener without giving you room to breathe. This can be off-putting if you aren't in the right mood for the soul-shattering brutal death assault of your life, but for when you want to be sonically beaten into a pulp for 45 minutes, it really hits the spot.

DAWN OF DEMISE The Suffering

Album · 2016 · Brutal Death Metal
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UMUR
"The Suffering" is the 4th full-length studio album by Danish death metal act Dawn of Demise. The album was released through Unique Leader Records in August 2016. It´s the successor to "Rejoice in Vengeance" from 2012 and features two lineup changes compared to the predecessor. Guitarist Thomas Egede has been replaced by Astor Kristian Palsson and drummer Simon Blaabjerg has been replaced by Bastian Thusgaard. The remaining members of the lineup are Bjørn Jensen (bass, vocals), Scott Jensen (vocals), and Martin Sørensen (lead- and rhythm guitars).

Stylistically the music on "The Suffering" is brutal technical death metal with a lot of focus on heavy grooves. The vocals are brutal yet intelligible growling with the occassional dry lung effect laden growl put in. Dawn of Demise are a very well playing act and deliver their parts with militant precision and with great conviction. It´s never at the expense of the heavy groove laden parts that they do so well, and those parts also ensure an organic touch to the music.

The material on the 11 track, 37:06 minutes long album are well written and quite catchy for the style. Dawn of Demise skillfully incorporate thrashy parts, breaks, tempo changes, and hardcore grooves to their brutal technical death metal sound, and "The Suffering" is therefore a relatively varied and dynamic release. Add to that the melodic guitar solos played by Martin Sørensen and "The Suffering" is a brutal technical death metal album which isn´t a one-dimensional listen (which seems to be a disease on that scene). It´s not that I would call it particularly original and all elements have been heard before (including the horror- violence- and gore lyrics), but Dawn of Demise just manage to combine the elements in a most effective way, and perform their material with great conviction.

The album is packed in a powerful, clear, and brutal sounding production, which suits the material perfectly, so upon conclusion "The Suffering" is a high quality release by Dawn of Demise. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

DYING FETUS Infatuation With Malevolence

Boxset / Compilation · 1995 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Infatuation With Malevolence" is a compilation album release by US death metal act Dying Fetus. The compilation was released through Wild Rags Records in 1995. "Infatuation With Malevolence" comprises the tracks from Dying Fetus two demos "Bathe In Entrails (1993)" and "Infatuation With Malevolence (1994)". The original version leaves out "Tearing Inside the Womb" from "Bathe In Entrails (1993)", but later reissues include that track and some additional live tracks. The tracklist is constructed so the 5 tracks from the "Infatuation With Malevolence (1994)" demo open the compilation, followed by the 5 tracks from the "Bathe In Entrails (1993)" (the reissues feature the bonus tracks at the end).

Right off the bat it´s obvious that we´re listening to Dying Fetus. Seldom have I heard a band with such a clearly defined musical style already on their demos, and that goes for the tracks from both "Bathe In Entrails (1993)" and "Infatuation With Malevolence (1994)". The tracks from the latter are slightly better produced, more compact and very close to the style the band play on their studio albums, while "Bathe In Entrails (1993)" features a slightly more old school sound. I say slightly though, because we´re still treated to ultra heavy breakdowns, brutal growling, and a high technical level of playing, rather than tremolo picking, D-beat and other old school death metal gimmicks. Even the trademark Dying Fetus vocal style, which alternate between deep aggressive growling and completely unintelligible processed growling, are in place already on "Bathe In Entrails (1993)". There is focus on brutal grooves and aggression, but there are occasional blasting in the music too.

Quality wise this is a pretty strong compilation, and fans of the band are adviced to check it out. I´m pretty impressed by how professional sounding both demos are, both when it comes to the sound productions but also when it comes to the playing and songwriting. I´m not surprised that Dying Fetus ended up having a relatively successful career. It´s almost always hard to use the word successful when describing an extreme metal career, because people tend to think of success as commercial success, which for almost any extreme metal act isn´t true. For the time Dying Fetus take on playing death metal was also quite innovative, and it´s not strange to me that they are often mentioned as an influence by many of the more groove oriented and brutal death metal and deathcore acts that followed. When that is said their music is also slightly one-dimensional, and the tracks aren´t easy to tell apart and therefore a 3.5 star (70%) rating is warranted. A little more stylistic variation between tracks could have earned the compilation a higher rating.

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