MUNCHING THE ROTTEN – ARSEBREED
Country of origin: The Netherlands
Record label: Neurotic Records
Release year: 2005
Genre/subgenre: Brutal Death Metal
Description: Brutal and technical Death Metal in the vein of Deeds of Flesh. Well written songs and delivered in a hard hitting style.
Guitars: Fairly technical and encompassing a lot of different styles prevalent in Death Metal- from speedy single string strumming to heavy bottom-end chord progressions.
Bass: Create a nice bridge between the guitars and the drums. Some progressive basslines thrown in here and there for good measure. Nicely executed throughout.
Drums: Fast, technical and very powerful. The drums are heavily double-bass laden with lots of fills and rolls. Tempo changes and time signature jumping makes for an interesting listen.
Vocals: Deep guttural grunts typical of Brutal DM with a sprinkling of high pitched screams and other assorted variations.
Lyrics: Gore, sexual perversity and lots of anal references.
Production: Clean and well produced. The balance of individual instruments on the overall mix is pretty good.
Fistfit Stretched Third Eye
Bloody Posttraumatic Ejaculation
Impregnated While Giving Birth
Ripping Chainsaw Orgasm
Munching The Rotten
Stabbed In The Arse
Vomit Heaps Of Flesh
Chopped In Excrements
Total playing time 30:46
PIECE OF TIME – ATHEIST
Country of origin: USA
Record label: Active Records
Release year: 1990
Genre/subgenre: Progressive Death Metal
Description: PoT pioneered the techdeath movement with several bands to follow including Gorguts, Cynic, Pestilence and later Death. This album fused traditional Metal with Jazz, off-time signature changes/breakdowns and technical mastery of the instruments.
Guitars: Guitars on PoT are fluid and constantly changing. A lot of jazz scales and patterns with some unusual stops and starts> some bottom heavy riffs are thrown in for good measure.
Bass: Complex and “jazzy”. Roger Patterson’s (RIP) basslines not only acts as buffer between the drums and guitars, but provides a refreshing fell to the entire album.
Drums: Off-time signatures…lots and lots of it. Steve Flynn just does not want to play the same beat for one whole measure…the solid drumwork lays a solid foundation for a great album
Vocals: mainly aggressive screeches. Since the album is primarily focused on musicianship there aren’t a lot of vocal parts when they are present they blend perfectly well with Atheist’s brand of Death Metal.
Lyrics: Nature, politics
Production: Clear and well balanced. Although it lacks the low-end of most death metal records, it does have a refreshing clarity.
1.Piece Of Time
3.Room With A View
4.On They Slay
9. No Truth
Total playing time 32:10
KILL – CANNIBAL CORPSE
Country of origin: USA
Record label: Metal Blade
Release year: 2006
Genre/subgenre: Commercial Death Metal
Description: Unoriginal Death Metal by one of the most overrated bands in extreme metal. Yet another pathetic attempt at selling a lot of records to teenaged fans by using the brand name that is “Cannibal Corpse”. CC have failed to come up with an interesting record with even a hint of originality for over a decade and have consistently proven that they are capable of producing albums like bakery produces bread.
Guitars: No interesting riffs on this one. Same old formula, same old scales and same old riffs.
Bass: Although Alex Webster is one of the most brilliant bass players in Death Metal, this album neither has the complexity nor the conviction that he once possessed.
Drums: Paul Mazurkiewicz plays a lot of slow/mid paced drumming with some trademark “cannibal blasts”. Again same old formula, same old tempo changes, and same old beats and rolls.
Vocals: Standard Death metal vocals by the over-hyped CorpseGrinder. Mostly mid-pitched Death metal growls (no deep grunts here). A lot of high-pitched squeals interrupting the unoriginal style of George Fisher. Age and health problems seem to have taken a heavy toll on his abilities.
Lyrics: Death, Gore and Murder. Since the departure of Chris Barnes, CC seem to have lost all originality in terms of writing lyrics and coming up with interesting song titles. The recycling of lyrics is evident yet again.
Production: Big budget = good production.
1. The Time to Kill is Now
2. Make Them Suffer
3. Murder Worship
4. Necrosadistic Warning
5. Five Nails Through the Neck
6. Purification by Fire
7. Death Walking Terror
8. Barbaric Bludgeonings
9. The Discipline of Revenge
10. Brain Removal Device
12. Submerged in Boiling Flesh
13. Infinite Misery
Total playing time 42:17
AWAKENING OF THE REBEL – INTERNAL SUFFERING
Country of origin: Colombia
Record label: Unique Leader
Release year: 2006
Genre/subgenre: Technical/Brutal Death Metall
Description: Blazing fast, technical Brutal Death Metal with some of the fastest drum/guitar combos ever.
Guitars: Technical riffing and super-fast strumming all over the fret board. Chord-based riffing coupled with a lot of single string attack. Lots of string jumping and higher octave playing.
Bass: inaudible, virtually absent.
Drums: Some of the fastest drums ever. Fabio Ramirez uses lots and lots of blast beats/double-bass and the gravity-blasts sound almost inhuman, extremely fast and precise. Hyperspeed drumming at it best with very few slow/mid paced drums on this album.
Vocals: Fabio Marin delivers deep guttural grunts with very occasional high pitched screams.
Lyrics: Occultism, the abstract,
Production: Guitar/Drums dominated. The bass guitars and bottom end is all but absent. The vocals are nicely balanced with the rest of the instruments. The overall mix is on the mid/high spectrum with lower frequencies at all.
1.Intro: Thelemite Forces Attack00:47
2.Awakening of the Rebel02:28
3.Magnificent Uranus Power03:00
4.Transfiguration of the Devotee02:39
5.Arrival of a New Aeon02:40
6.Evocation of the Secret Gate04:05
7.Masters of Sorcery02:55
8.Ascension to Immortality02:52
9.Highest Key of the Illuminati02:56
Total playing time27:43
ASSASSINATION – KRISIUN
Country of origin: Brazil
Record label: Century Media
Release year: 2006
Genre/subgenre: Death Metal
Description: Semi-technical Death Metal with heavy/percussive style coupled with high speed strumming and blast beats. More “breaks” orientated, almost groove-laden and definitely a lot less speedy than their previous efforts.
Guitars: Moyses Kolesne plays few of his trademark fast riffing and his style has definitely changed over the years. This album doesn’t have the same amounts of high speed picking like in the masterpiece Black Force Domain. Moyses had opted for a more chord based riffing over single string strumming.
High speed solos are thrown in here and there but less frequently.
Bass: Compliments the guitars.
Drums: Max Kolesne has adopted a slightly different style to the one he was known for. Although the fast double-bass/blast beats are still present, it is not the dominant style on this record. He delivers a lot of breaks/blast/midpaced/blast style of modern Death Metal/Grindcore. Gone are the days of insanely fast beats.
Vocals: Alex Camargo’s vocals are typical death metal grunts with very few variations.
Lyrics: Mostly dealing with death, destruction, Satanism and some current affairs.
Production: guitar dominated and quite clear production.
2. Natural Genocide
3. Vicious Wrath
5. H.O.G. (House of God)
6. Fathers Perversion
7. Suicidal Savagery
9. United in Deception
12. Sweet Revenge
Total playing time 46:29