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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DEAD REMAINS Conscious Cremation

Album · 2011 · Brutal Death Metal
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DEAD REMAINS is one of those metal bands that has been around for decades but hasn’t exactly been proficient and basically unknown outside of its native Germany. Formed in 1991 in the former East German city of Neubrandenberg, this band which started out as Sarcophare released a demo in 1998 before finally unleashing its debut album “Deathless Torture” in 2003. However it would take another eight years to get it together to release this second album CONSCIOUS CREATION.

Like many a band, so too was DEAD REMAINS plagued by incessant lineup changes and the trials and tribulations of maintaining a band without any income supporting it. Lo and behold this determined band was all about cranking out the hardcore death metal in the old school vein and that’s exactly what this album offers. Nothing more and nothing less. This is one of those bands that unfortunately falls into the category of generic as fuck.

With guttural growls erupting in fits of agony, the death metal shtick features all the check the boxes categories of heavy chugging riffs, blastbeats, occasional solos and sick as fuck gory subject matter that you won’t understand a word of as the cookie monster vocals growl on to oblivion. Existing somewhere between the old school steadiness of bands like Cryptosy and Morbid Angel, DEAD REMAINS does add a bit more fuel to the fire with more brutal deliveries in the vein of Suffocation and the legion of imitators that have emerged ever since.

Overall this isn’t a bad album at all but there’s really nothing in here to grab your attention if you’re a diehard death metal fan. While the musicianship is seasoned and downright excellent, the tracks themselves lack any sort of originality and this band unfortunately just blends into the sea of similar sounding bands without any artistic merit whatsoever. Actually this band reminds me a bit of Be’lakor as it is insanely intense and even includes some technical wizardry but in the end just leaves me bored as it all sounds the friggin same.

LOGISTIC SLAUGHTER Corrosive Ethics

Album · 2016 · Brutal Death Metal
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LOGISTIC SLAUGHTER has been around for a while having formed in 2008 in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Livermore, CA with the lineup of Jeremy Scott (vocals), Mike Flory (guitar), Kayvan Safdari (bass) and Kendric DiStefano (drums). Starting out as a brutal slam death metal band with two demos under their belt, the noisemakers from the burbs finally released their debut album CORROSIVE ETHICS which took on another form of brutality, this time the pummeling progressive time signatures run amok in the form of technical death metal without sacrificing a bit of the head smashing decibalage that came before.

As time goes on it’s utterly amazing how far the extremities of death metal can be pushed with stuff like this making old school Obituary and Bolt Thrower like grade school noise. With the frenetic dexterity of Atheist along with the in-yer-face extreme bombast of bands like Suffocation, LOGISTIC SLAUGHTER has logistically calculated how to up the ante a bit and make an album that is both brutal and technical and yet still resides within the thralls of accessibility with riffs that chug like a muthafucker at dizzying speeds but often exist at mid-tempo just to take a little breather.

The most over the top feature of CORROSIVE ETHICS is the pig squeal vocals run amok from Jeremy Scott who has mastered the art of turning those squeals into a bonafide death metal variation of vocals much like Inquisition forged a new path with those creepy croaking sounds. This album of ten tracks that just misses the 34 minute mark is chock full of tech death guitar wizardry, bantering bass abuse and explosive percussive fury like no other. This band is truly at the top of the list when it comes to excessive bombast and freakishly focused ferocity. While brutal as fuck, this band also knows how to slow things down a bit to craft some contrast lest the listener be bored.

If you can’t get enough of this brutal to the max type of death metal and Splattered, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Defeated Sanity and Wormed aren’t enough for ya, well here’s another band to add to the list of extreme as fuck metal bands that deliver an uncompromising mix of technical gymnastics in full brutal death metal regalia. This band almost borders on mathcore at times but also can chug along normal riffs in old school death metal manners. This is a winner and i love it! Seasoned musicians who know how to craft clever compositions without sacrificing what makes tech and brutal death so fucking nasty sounding! The grindcore piggie vocals just make it all the better. Squeal on!

REINCARNATION Seed of Hate

EP · 1995 · Brutal Death Metal
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REINCARNATION has been around a while. Starting as an old school death metal band in 1993 in Almería, Andulusia, Spain, the band first broke up in 1999 but then reformed in 2004 and has been around ever since. In the 90s the band released this debut EP titled SEED OF HATE and a full-length titled “Void.” In the 2000, the band released another album and another EP but has been fairly sparse in what it puts out.

This band is considered an early follower of the brutal death metal pioneers Suffocation with an old school knack for crafting dense hyperactive guitar riffs, brutal drumming abuse and some of the ugliest guttural growls in the world of extreme metal unlike some of the newer brutal death bands that focus exclusively on gore and horror on steroids and screaming like their private parts are being filleted in a Nija machine.

This band pretty much nails the Suffocation sound but it has some quirks to it as well. The second track “The Way Of The Flesh” for example has some super high register bass grooves that almost sound like they are reaching for funk but an interesting contrast to the down-tuned guitar riffs and the evil as fuck vocal growls. Add to that some sound samples of some happy choir sounds and it’s all good.

This EP of four tracks is only about 14 minutes long but in that short time, REINCARNATION does an excellent job of capturing that old school early 90s spirit with the extra adrenalized touches of bands like Suffocation, Internal Bleeding and Pyrexia. While not the most original band in the world, the few extra touches do add to the enjoyment value of it. The drums trade off between blastbeats and simple keep-the-timing boom boom, however there are some nice percussive gymnastics at play as well.

This is guttural ugliness at its finest however the production as a first timer is a bit on the muddy side but this kind of filthy raw music isn’t really affected by it. There are the occasional Morbid Angel inspired guitar squeals and rampaging speedfests but overall this is a somewhat middle of the road release in the tempo department although it’s considered brutal death metal. Whatever the case, it’s thoroughly enjoyable and worthy of sitting next to other Spanish death metal acts like Avulsed, Teitanblood, Wormed and Machetazo.

DYING FETUS Descend Into Depravity

Album · 2009 · Brutal Death Metal
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"Descend Into Depravity" is the 6th full-length studio album by US, Maryland based death metal act Dying Fetus. The album was released through Relapse Records in September 2009. Dying Fetus have been through several lineup changes in the last couple of releases, and there´s been a couple of changes to the lineup since "War of Attrition (2007)" too. Second guitarist Mike Kimball has jumped ship leaving guitarits/vocalist (and only remaining original member) John Gallagher as the band´s sole guitarist. Drummer Duane Timlin has also left, and is replaced here by Trey Williams. The new three-piece lineup is completed by bassist/vocalist Sean Beasley.

From the first notes of the opening track "Your Treachery Will Die With You", it will be abundantly clear to most listeners that Dying Fetus have changed their brutal technical death metal formula almost none, and that they continue down the exact same path as they tread on "War of Attrition (2007)". The shift between unintelligble deep growling vocals and slightly more intelligible aggressive growling vocals, the tempo changes, the fast arpeggios (and even the rare neo-classical influenced moment), the ultra heavy breakdowns, it´s all in place. As is the top notch musicianship and the technically challenging performances. It´s Dying Fetus as they´ve pretty much sounded since day one. So it´s not drastic stylistic changes you´re looking for, when reviewing a Dying Fetus release, but rather the quality and catchiness of the songwriting...

...and in that department "Descend Into Depravity" belongs in the better part of the band´s output. The material on the 8 track, 33:47 minutes long album is most effective and crushingly heavy and brutal. You may not be able to tell the tracks apart upon initial listens, but given a few spins the tracks become more recognisable and memorable. It´s the immediate impact of the violent sonic assault which is the real winner here though, and you´re a real badass if you come away from listening to this album without a sandblasted face. The brutality and aggression of the material is scorching. "Descend Into Depravity" features a powerful, raw, and detailed sound production too, so upon conclusion it´s a high quality release by Dying Fetus. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

DYING FETUS War of Attrition

Album · 2007 · Brutal Death Metal
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"War of Attrition" is the 5th full-length studio album by US, Maryland based death metal act Dying Fetus. The album was released through Relapse Records in March 2007. It´s the successor to "Stop at Nothing" from 2003 and features a couple of lineup changes compared to the predecessor. Lead vocalist Vince Matthews has jumped ship, and the vocal duties are now shared by guitarist John Gallagher and bassist Sean Beasley. Gallagher has always performed the unintelligible deep growling vocals in the band´s music, and continues to do so here, while Beasley takes up the more aggressive yet still brutal growling vocal style. Drummer Erik Sayenga has also left Dying Fetus and is replaced here by Duane Timlin. With guitarist Mike Kimball making his second appearance on a Dying Fetus album, the lineup has gone from a five-piece to a four-piece.

Stylistically the material on the 8 track, 36:50 minutes long album pretty much continues the brutal technical death metal style of "Stop at Nothing (2003)". In fact there are very few surprises here if you are familiar with the band´s releases all the way back from their inception in the early 90s. Dying Fetus are a technically skilled band and they deliver their music with great passion and conviction. Their trademark heavy grooves are here in abundance as well as the fast arpeggio sweeping and the two types of growling vocals, as mentioned above. So don´t expect much development of sound. What you get is high quality playing, powerful compositions which will force your head to bang and your body to move, and a brutal and raw yet clear sounding production.

So if you can forgive Dying Fetus that they have by now found a trademark style which they stick to and don´t deviate much from, "War of Attrition" is yet another high quality release in a long line of high quality releases by the band. I´d rank it with "Stop at Nothing (2003)" in the band´s discography but below "Killing on Adrenaline (1998)" and "Destroy the Opposition (2000)", which to my ears are still the band´s most accomplished releases. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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