Visceral Evisceration - Incessant Desire for Palatable Flesh - 5/5
Upon seeing this band's album name recommended to me by a friend, I instantly thought this is a grind core album. Who wouldntt get that impression with the album containing songs such as "Chewing Female Genital Parts" and other grind related names. But upon the first listen, from track one, this piece of Austrian -the origin of the band- music took me by surprise. The best way to describe this band's genre is melodic death/doom with the utilization of female vocals occasionally.
The music is beautiful and melodic in a way you'd rarely see. The band utilize twin guitars to give those highly melodic lead riffs, which basically drive every song on the album and are indeed the highlight of this album. In spite of the melodic riffs; the songs have slow pace for the most part with some fast tempo shifts every now and then. The drums section is very well done and feels bombastic at occasions. The vocals are also a highlight of the album; with female deep male growls with a majestic clean male vocal as well, and some of the most haunting yet beautiful operatic female vocals that is used occasionally on the album but when she does use them, it's captivating. Bass is mostly hidden under layers of guitar leads. The production of the re-mastered version is top notch, very gloomy and fits the music perfectly. Lyrics wise, this is even worse than many grind core bands. With lines like "Peel the skin from his pelvis Rejectamenta and urine spouting out" , so If you're a person that looks for lyrics first when listening to music; this probably isn’t for you.
This is a rare gem of doom/death with impeccable atmosphere. Highly recommended to any music fans, this would be a treat for fans of death/doom or any melodic music in general.
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Posted by T. Bawden Saturday, 13 February 2010