Thursday, November 26, 2009

Septycal Gorge and Embryonic Depravity Albums Out Now

As the title suggests the full lengths of Septycal Gorge and Embryonic Depravity have been officially released. I have not checked extensively but I assume it'll be a little while until they make it to North American distros but our European readers should be able to get these albums now. Everything I've heard about these albums has been positive and both of these bands are high quality. I'm sure reviews will be up here as soon as Andy and I can get copies.

If you are in the UK you get the added privilege of seeing both these bands live in December. Embryonic Depravity and Septycal Gorge, along with Vomit the Soul and Amputated, are playing four dates in mid December. So you can get these new albums and then see the bands live.

Embryonic Depravity @ myspace
Septycal Gorge @ myspace

Monday, November 23, 2009

Repulsive Dissection - Cut Open The Aberration (Sevared Records; 2009)

First off, this is our first review in a month! I feel kind of shitty that I've been sort of aloof from Slam-Minded for a while, but I have a couple things to review soonish so apologies for getting lost in the shuffle of life...onto the brutality!

Repulsive Dissection is somewhat of an "all-star" project in brutal death metal, so I had pretty high expectations. I remember hearing a track from this disc on Myspace and my first thought being "fuck these vocals", but I am actually getting used to them. They remind heavily of old Carcass or Exhumed and are almost always the very "blurg"-y deep vocals, though there are excellent screams sometimes combined with or contrasting the slurry of gutturals, which I appreciate. One thing that consistently surprises here is the riff-writing, which almost seems like weird progressive death metal riff-writing at some points. No wonder Yura Kowalchuk's known for his insane guitar tabbing ability; this dude can fucking play. Fredrik Widigs of Soils of Fate/MP5K fame is the drummer here and his skills and overall playing style remind a lot, on this album, of the drummer of Human Mincer on Degradation Paradox; tight, fast, blasting and technical, Fredrik bashes his skins into oblivion throughout the entirety of this celebration of the extremities of brutal technical death metal.

Barrett was right to release this, it's gonna end up being a huge seller in this style, and for good reason; it's fucking sick. Songs like "Decimate" have the interesting, off-kilter riffing and sick technical blasting down fucking pat and a few songs have some demonstrative jazz sections that sound a little like something Atheretic would do. The one main problem I have here is that, though every song is incredibly dense and packed with cool ideas, they all sound a little too similar, and there aren't enough fucking slams, but that can be slightly forgiven due to the intense nature of this kind of music. There are SOME slamming sections so not all is totally lost, and Human Mincer only had a few on the last album too. Anyway, I keep invariably going back to HM to describe what this sounds like, so I'd say that that's a good approximation of the style on display. If you like your death metal brutal, extreme, oppressively technical and even a bit progressive, you'll like this. Check it out and give it more of a chance than I originally gave it; you'll probably grow to like it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

SEVARED signs Cenotaph for 5th full-length!

After a brief stint with Unmatched Brutality, Turkish techdeathgrinders are back with a vengeance, planning to unleash their 5th platter on the mighty Sevared Records! Barrett recently announced on his site that "Sevared Records is very proud to announce the signing of Turkey's most Brutal Death Metal band, Cenotaph!! In early 2010 they will record their highy anticipated 5th Full Length album. Incredible Ultra Guttural Brutality at it's finest!! You are warned!!" The title of the album is set to be Putrescent Infectious Rabidity. Cenotaph's last album was a step up in production for them, but, in the shared opinion of this blog's writers, lacked a little in terms of songwriting from Pseudo Verminal Cadaverium before it. Regardless, we greatly await the new album to see what Batu and co. have been up to other than tireless gigging!

Cenotaph @ Myspace

Friday, November 13, 2009

Suppuration and Goretrade News

It's been a pretty slow month for slam as you could probably tell by the relative lack of posts here. Seemingly every release that was supposed to come out last month has been delayed or hasn't reached North American labels yet, making it difficult for us to review them.

A release that is available is the second album by the Colombian band Suppuration. The album is called A River of Corpses and has been released by Mutilated Records. Suppuration's first album bordered on being too raw and amateurish, but had a lot of the weird melodies and evil brutality that Colombian death metal is known for. I'm looking forward to hearing this release. I've already ordered the CD so expect a review soon.

Staying within Colombia Goretrade, one of the oldest and best bands in the scene have announced that their new album Mistaken Conception will come out in the "early months of 2010" this has already been delayed once so let's hope it doesn't get pushed back any further. Goretrade's other two albums are great so I'm sure that Mistaken Conception will be as well.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Epic Split

We here at Slam-Minded have just learned about what looks to be an amazing split album to be released by Pathologically Explicit. It will feature Cumbeast, Defleshuary, Decrepit Womb, Down From the Wound, and Heinous Killings. Other than Decrepit Womb who I haven't heard all these bands are excellent so it should be one hell of a release. Here's some more info and a track listing.

1.Cadaver Fucker
2. Grandma Cremation
3. Schlong Kong
4. Chewed to Stubs (Broken Hope Cover)

5. World Devourer
6. Wormlike Voracity
7. Abraxas Annihilation (Integrity Cover)

8.Evolutionary Retrograde.
9.Pathways to Man’s Demise.
10.Bound to Extinction.
11. Impelled to Kill (Severe Torture Cover)

12.Beyond the Depths of Epidemic Abortion
13.Drown into Unjustified Extinction
14.Atonement (Disgorge Cover)
15.Liege of Inveracity (Suffocation Cover)

16.Beating Her to Deformity
17. Vaginal Impalement
18. Only the Torso Remains