Here we have 32 tracks of Italian death/grind in a mere 25 minutes!
It's a shame the recording kind of sucks, because the band has a hell
of a lot of potential as far as songwriting goes.
Expect everything from old school Cannibal Corpse riffing complete with speedy
tremolo picking and pinch harmonics, to powerhouse midpaced breakdowns, classic grindcore,
and even some sick dissonance that sounds very atypical for this style.
It's pretty rare for a tight and modestly technical death metal band to write
grinding songs that almost never even hit a minute in length, but I think that's awesome!
The only problem is that the recording is really hard to deal with. The fact that
they use a drum machine is of little concern, however. The programming is
pretty damn good and despite being a little thin the drum machines sound rather effective.
The problem is that the thick and nasty guitar tone lacks clarity and the growling
vocals can be overpowering when they get going with some of the faster vocal patterns
and lots of layering. So the end result is a really noisy mix that's very muddy,
so the distorted basslines are impossible to hear, and all you mainly get are the
guitars and vocals fighting for space.
Like many bands of this general nature a few samples creep in on occasion,
but they mostly keep that stuff under control and refrain from overusing that
There are some mildly groovy leanings at times to break up the monotony of the
generally tactful speed, but they're sort of all over the place with the
tempos, and since the songs are so short they don't sit in one place for too long.
Despite the silly subject matter, the artwork actually looks really nice.
The cover painting catches the eye, the gory band logo looks awesome, and the entire booklet
is basically a mini comic book that depicts the band members as enormously muscular thugs
randomly maiming innocent bystanders. It's quality looking artwork though, so I dig it!
No lyrics are included, but song titles like "Cerebral Regression" and "Guttural Satisfaction",
among others, suggest that the lyrics are of little importance. Sure, this material can get a
little tiresome at times since there's not a terribly large amount of variety throughout, but I'm really
only disappointed that the production's sub-par. I'd truly like to hear this band with a clearer
sound that would allow more of the details to shine through. Diehards and those who are into the
Razorback Records roster should look into this for sure, but more discerning listeners of
these styles such as myself will just have to keep their fingers crossed that these Italian
freaks will really nail the sound quality next time. The tight performances and to the point
song structures are already pretty damn promising.
Everything about this release points to better things, so it'll be a damn shame
if the trio can't secure a more efficient production down the road. I'll hope for the best!
This band definitely has something going for it.
[Notable tracks: Corporal Usurpation, Brutal Devastation, Occlubinated Eyes Convergence, Inebetit, Macabrotic Poetry, Sbigottit, Occlused in Ottusity]