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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4.71 | 3 ratings
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4.13 | 10 ratings
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4.17 | 3 ratings
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DYING FETUS Descend Into Depravity Album Cover Descend Into Depravity
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NILE Black Seeds of Vengeance Album Cover Black Seeds of Vengeance
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SUFFOCATION Pierced From Within Album Cover Pierced From Within
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3.94 | 18 ratings
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SUFFOCATION Effigy of the Forgotten Album Cover Effigy of the Forgotten
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DYING FETUS Reign Supreme Album Cover Reign Supreme
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4.01 | 5 ratings
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SEVERE TORTURE Misanthropic Carnage Album Cover Misanthropic Carnage
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4.00 | 5 ratings
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DYING FETUS Wrong One to Fuck With

Album · 2017 · Brutal Death Metal
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Kev Rowland


Dying Fetus have created quite a stir over the years, releasing some important albums on the way, and finally having a stable line-up is paying dividends as the trio are back with what is to my poor abused ears, easily their most comprehensive album to date. John Gallagher (guitar, vocals) formed the band in 1991, with bassist/vocalist Sean Beasley joining in 2001 and “new boy” drummer Trey Williams keeping the seat warm since 2007, and there is never any room to hide in a trio and when a band has been together for ten years they know what they are doing, and that is very much the case here.

Brutal death metal is what Dying Fetus have always been about, and with both the band name and album title they are showing that there is no change this time around, and why should there be? They have obviously been influenced by Cannibal Corpse, yet Nile have also had an impact, as has Napalm Death as the guys keep their form of death metal just this side of grindcore. It is intense, it is over the top, with absolutely no room for compromise, yet somehow the ten songs all feel quite different and don’t wash out in the way that some albums tend to when they follow the same musical path throughout. There may not be much room for light on this album, but somehow the different shades of brutal black convey enough power and difference to make this album stand out.

There have been some incredibly strong and powerful death metal albums coming out recently, and this is another to be added to the list.

SUFFOCATION ...Of The Dark Light

Album · 2017 · Brutal Death Metal
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Like fellow New Yorkers Immolation, who’s latest album Atonement is the best album of 2017 as far as I’m concerned, Suffocation can always be relied on to deliver the goods. Their brutal death metal laden with complex and crushing riffs never fails to hit the spot. … Of The Dark Light is the latest in a run of strong albums since their reformation in 2003.

A couple of line-up changes seem to have done the band no harm. New drummer Eric Morotti (Killitorous) is a more than able replacement for the short lived Dave Culross who only stuck around long enough to play on one album. In also comes second guitarist Charlie Errigo, who wasn’t even born when Effigy Of The Forgotten was released, but has the necessary chops to play alongside the legendary Terrance Hobbs. Of course Vocalist Frank Mullen is still here supplying his guttural growl, though this time aided by Kevin Muller, as is bassist since the reformation Derek Boyer.

If you know Suffocation then you know what to expect here. Nine songs in total of the sort of complex brutal death metal Suffocation are famous for. The songs constantly shifting in time and tempo, twisting and turning with stop/start accenting punctuating the precise staccato riffing. There may not be a lot of variety from one track to the next but that’s mainly down to the fact that they pack so much into each short-ish song. This makes picking favourites a bit of a pointless exercise but The Warmth Within The Dark is one of the many highlights. If you’re looking for melody look elsewhere though as the only time it appears is occasionally in a guitar solo. As expected the standard of playing is second to none and the production whilst more clinical these days is powerful and balanced with plenty of bottom end cutting through so no complaints there.

Where …Of The Dark Light sits in terms of favourite Suffocation album is difficult to say, with only one or two relatively speaking weaker records, such is the consistency of this legendary band. I’m certainly more than happy with it and whilst it may not be better it can comfortably sit alongside their strongest work.

SUFFOCATION ...Of The Dark Light

Album · 2017 · Brutal Death Metal
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Suffocation have been creating a storm for the best part of thirty years now, and show no signs of slowing down just yet. This is brutal technical death metal at its very finest: it just doesn’t get any better than this. Singer Frank Mullen has been there since the very beginning, and keeps being persuaded to turn out for just one album and tour, but with a family he can’t commit as much as he used to, so his successor, contributing vocalist Kevin Muller (The Merciless Concept / ex-Pyrexia) is also involved on this one. Of course, guitarist and songwriter Terrence Hobbs has been there since 1990, and bassist and lyricist Derek Boyer since 2004, so they know exactly what needs to be done to keep the band true to the Suffocation sound. It has been four years since the last album, due mostly to the band being on tour so much, but there are also a couple of new boys in guitarist Charlie Errigo (also in The Merciless Concept) and drummer Eric Morotti. Together they have linked in and created another monstrous sound, while Chris “Zeuss” Harris mixed and mastered the album and has created something that is powerful, delicate, and full of rage.

I was a big fan of their last album, ‘Pinnacle of Bedlam’, but this one is better. Whatever one wants from a technical death metal album is here in spades. Brutal, over the top, this is amazing.

NILE Ramses Bringer of War

Demo · 1996 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Ramses Bringer of War" is an demo (later reissued as an EP) release by US death metal act Nile. The demo as originally released through Anubis Records in November 1996 and later reissued on EP through Visceral Productions in 1997. The three tracks on the 10:01 minutes long demo/EP would later appear on the band´s debut full-length studio album "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (1998)". "Ramses Bringer of War" is based on the classical piece "Mars: Bringer Of War" from Holst's "The Planets".

The music on the demo/EP is technically well played and brutal death metal with ancient Egypt/middle eastern lyrical themes. There is a clear direction in everything Nile have ever released and already this early on the concept was crystal clear. "The Howling of the Jinn" is a short and fast played death metal track. A brutal assault on the ears, while the title track is a bit more varied and epic. The keyboards on that track don´t sound that great though. They sound a bit artificial and cheap. The ambient "Die Rache Krieg Lied der Assyriche" closes the EP. It´s relatively short and atmospheric. On a longer album it might serve a purpose as atmosphere builder or a breather between brutal death metal tracks, but here it feels a bit like a waste of time on an already very short EP release.

While it´s not a perfect release (the sound production and especially the drum production could have been better) "Ramses Bringer of War" is still a worthy purchase that shows a clear development in the band´s sound and give a hint of where that sound is going. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

DYING FETUS Reign Supreme

Album · 2012 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Reign Supreme" is the 7th full-length studio album by US death metal act Dying Fetus. The album was released through Relapse Records in June 2012. It´s the successor to "Descend Into Depravity" from 2009 and for the first time in a while there haven´t been any lineup changes between album releases. So the lineup still consists of guitarits/vocalist (and only remaining founding member) John Gallagher, drummer Trey Williams, and bassist/vocalist Sean Beasley.

Dying Fetus are widely considered to be among the elite when it comes to brutal technical death metal and "Reign Supreme" is yet another example of why that is. After a couple of more standard quality releases (which when it comes to Dying Fetus were still way above standard for the genre), Dying Fetus made a bit of a quality comeback with "Descend Into Depravity (2009)". An absolutely scorching technical brutal death metal release, which once again showed the world who are the kings of this particular type of death metal. That tendency is continued on "Reign Supreme" which may be an even stronger release than the predecessor.

Stylistically we´re treated to the trademark sound of Dying Fetus, which means the music features lightning fast riffing/shredding, fast precision drumming, the almost completely unintelligible processed growling vocals by Gallagher complimented by the slightly more intelligible aggressive growling vocals by Beasley, Tempo changes, breaks, crushingly brutal break downs featuring some mean groove laden riffs, death grinding parts and just general brutal mayhem. All designed to make your neck muscles work overtime.

While the material on the 9 track, 37:32 minutes long album aren´t the most varied in style, and it may take the uninitiated several spins to tell the tracks apart, "Reign Supreme" is actually one of the more memorable Dying Fetus releases with several standout tracks. Tracks like "Subjected to a Beating" and the ultra heavy "From Womb to Waste", as well as "In the Trenches" deserve a mention, but just as the case is with any other release in the band´s discography, it´s the consistency of the material which makes "Reign Supreme" such a strong release overall. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

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