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 Grotesque Impalement

EP · 2000 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Grotesque Impalement" is an EP release by US, Maryland based death metal act Dying Fetus. The EP was released through Blunt Force Records in early 2000. The material was recorded at Hit and Run Studios in November 1999. "Grotesque Impalement" bridges the gap between the band´s second and third full-length studio albums "Killing on Adrenaline (1998)" and "Destroy the Opposition (2000)", and features the same lineup as the latter mentioned.

The original version of "Grotesque Impalement" features 6 tracks and a full playing time of 21:51 minutes. Relapse Records reissued the EP in 2010 and added 3 bonus tracks. The original version features 2 re-recordings of "Grotesque Impalement" and "Tearing Inside the Womb" from the "Bathe In Entrails (1993)" demo, a cover of "Streaks of Blood" by Baphomet, a cover of "Bringing Back the Glory" by Next Step Up, and two "comic" heavy metal tracks in "Final Scream (Prelude to Evil: Davey's Nightmare)" and "Hail Mighty North / Forest Trolls of Satan (Anno Clitoris 666)".

The 2010 Relapse Records reissue version (in addition to the above) features "Reduced To Slavery", which is an original composition from 2000, which was used as a Japanese bonus track on "Destroy the Opposition (2000)". "Purged Of My Worldly Being" is a live recording from 1999. It was a track which in it´s original form appeared on the "Infatuation with Malevolence (1994)" demo. "Dumpster Love" is a track recorded in 2010, which follows the "comic" heavy metal tradition of the two closing tracks of the origial version of the EP.

The re-recordings of the demo tracks, the Baphomet cover, and "Reduced To Slavery" all sound more or less like Dying Fetus did in those days. Brutal and techncially well played death metal with a strong focus on groove. So it´s the hardcore punk cover of "Bringing Back the Glory" and the "comic" heavy metal tracks on the EP, which make "Grotesque Impalement" quite different from the regular releases by the band. There´s a lot of melodic guitar playing and clean and semi-raw vocals on those tracks, which are quite new when dealing with Dying Fetus. A band which usually stands for unrelenting brutality. It´s nice to hear they also have a humourous side and it works pretty well.

Upon conclusion "Grotesque Impalement" probably isn´t the most important release in the band´s discography, but on the other hand the content is really entertaining and generally of high quality too. The sound production is slightly more rough around the edges compared to the two studio albums which bookend it, but it´s still well produced. So a 3.5 star (70%) rating isn´t all wrong.

DYING FETUS Destroy the Opposition

Album · 2000 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Destroy the Opposition" is the 3rd full-length studio album by US, Maryland based death metal act Dying Fetus. The album was released through Relapse Records in October 2000. It´s the successor to "Killing on Adrenaline" from 1998. There´s been one lineup change since the predecessor as guitarist Brian Latta has been replaced by John Voyles. The remaining members of the lineup are Kevin Talley (drums), John Gallagher (guitars, vocals), and Jason Netherton (bass, vocals).

Stylistically the music on "Destroy the Opposition" continues the brutal and technically well played death metal style of "Killing on Adrenaline (1998)", albeit with more politically charged lyrics. The tracks feature multible tempo changes (including death grinding blast beat sections and crushingly brutal groove oriented breakdowns), two growling vocalists who compliment each other with one unintelligible guttural growling style and a slightly more intelligible and more aggressive growling vocal style, high level precision playing (Kevin Talley deserves a special mention for his incredible drumwork on the album), and short lightning fast sweep picks, which by now have become a trademark of the band´s style. After listening to "Killing on Adrenaline (1998)" I didn´t think Dying Fetus would be able to take their sound to a higher level of brutality, but "Destroy the Opposition" proves me wrong.

It´s not unusual for bands in the brutal technical part of the death metal genre to reach high levels of brutality. That´s more or less a given. But Dying Fetus stand out from the crowd, because they write material which is hook laden and memorable. Not necessarily instantly catchy, but given a few spins it becomes apparent how well composed "Destroy the Opposition" really is. It´s not easily accessible music and there are no melodic hooks or anything like that featured on the album, so the memorable moments are typically a riff section, a certain rhythm pattern, or maybe a vocal phrase. The band master all of the various tempos and rhythm changes, but it´s the ultra brutal grooves, which take the prize as the greatest asset of the music. It´s impossible to sit still while listening to the album. It´s music which demands a physical reaction.

The 8 track, 36:25 minutes long album features quality material throughout. From the opening notes of "Praise the Lord (Opium of the Masses)" to the closing notes of "Justifiable Homicide", we´re treated to one crushingly brutal high quality track after another. The album features a raw, powerful, and detailed sound production, which further enhances the feeling that you´re listening to one badass brutal death metal release. So upon conclusion "Destroy the Opposition" is a high quality album by Dying Fetus and a 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

SIGNS OF OMNICIDE Era Of Omniscience

Album · 2018 · Brutal Death Metal
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Ah, i love cool album covers. In a sea of never-ending releases sometimes it is the deciding factor what i check out for the first time. Coming from Brownsville the most southern city in Texas, USA, the extreme brutal death metal band SIGNS OF OMNICIDE has so far released this one album ERA OF OMNISCIENCE in 2018 which combines brutal death metal with a few elements of tech death and deathcore.

This four piece that consists of Jaxsyn Samcro Teller (drums), Paul Rodriguez (guitar), Danny Villarreal (vocals), and Joseph Bakri (bass) cranks out an extremely noisy feasting assault to the ears that lasts for 33 minutes and features the expected fiery quick tempos of guitar riffs, death metal growls and blastbeat drumming fury with all those wickedly wild labyrinthine twists and turns that death metal is oh so good at.

Despite the tech and core elements, ERA OF OMNISCIENCE is mostly an incessant rampage of slam death metal that carries on the traditions of Suffocation, Devourment and Internal Bleeding and offers yet another chugging palm-muted riff frenzy that in all honesty is delivered quite well but doesn’t stand out in any way from the legion of other imitators that have cropped up over the last 30 years since this style emerged.

To distinguish these types of bands from another is often like dissecting a maggot infested carcass in that the subtleties are so minuscule that it almost seems impossible to discern. While some more brutal death metal bands offer a few jazzy touches here and there or some sound effects, SINGS OF OMNICIDE is pretty much on full fury all the time. The riffs are probably more slammy than most and the deathcore elements of the vocals do stand out a bit but overall this is just a generic slice of a much greater slam / brutal death universe that grows exponentially by the day. Nice but ultimately forgettable.

DYING FETUS Killing on Adrenaline

Album · 1998 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Killing On Adrenaline" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US, Maryland based death metal act Dying Fetus. The album was released through Morbid Records in July 1998. Dying Fetus formed in 1991 and released two demos (compiled on the "Infatuation with Malevolence (1995)" compilation), before releasing their debut full-length studio album "Purification Through Violence (1996)". There has been one lineup change since the release of the debut album as drummer Rob Belton has been replaced by Kevin Talley.

Stylistically the material on "Killing On Adrenaline" pretty much continues the brutal and technically well played death metal style of "Purification Through Violence (1996)". It´s brutal death metal with both blasting deathgrind parts, mid-paced brutal grooves, and ultra brutal groovy breakdowns spiced up with the occasional lightning fast guitar sweeps. The two vocalists compliment each other well with John Gallagher delivering deep processed unintelligible growling and Jason Netherton delivering slightly more intelligible growling with an added aggressive edge.

The material on the 8 track, 34:31 minutes long album is well written and pretty memorable for the style. It´s not easily accessible music, but once you´ve gotten used to the crushingly brutal assault on the ears, hooks begin to appear in the form of recognisable riffs and rhythms and the occasional catchy vocal phrase. Don´t expect to hear anything even resembling a melody here though. This is a brutal punishing listen from start to finish. To my ears all tracks on the album stand out as high quality material, and therefore it doesn´t make much sense mentioning specific tracks over others. Just know that regardless of which track you chose to listen to you´re in for a face meltingly brutal listening experience, that´s definitely not for the faint at heart.

"Killing On Adrenaline" features a powerful, detailed, and brutal sounding production. The snare drum has a bit of an odd sound to it, but it actually suits the music well. So upon conclusion it´s an album featuring a powerful sounding production, memorable songwriting (for the style), and high level musicianship too (this is technically demanding music). Brutal death metal can at times be a one-dimensional affair, where one track flows into the next without the listener even noticing, but that´s not the case with "Killing On Adrenaline", which is one of the gems of the genre, and that´s mostly due to the consistency of the songwriting and Dying Fetus ability to incorporate memorable elements to even the most fiercely brutal music on the scene. When you add to that strong musicianship and a well sounding production, you´ve got a winner. A 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

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.

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