VISCERAL BLEEDING returns with the release of their third album “Absorbing The Disarray” and they have fine-tuned their sound to near perfection this time around. Taking a more modern approach to Death Metal, VISCERAL BLEEDING has hit the industry square in the eyes.
“Absorbing The Disarray” is a well-produced and well-written technical version of the modern Death Metal scene with plenty of variety. Although this album may not be breaking down boundaries or pushing the limits (besides the sound barrier) but it’s a solid release and most Death Metal fans are going to find at least one aspect of the album that they enjoy.
Initially, the album was hard for me to follow at times because of its rapid-fire speed throughout the entire playtime. Songs like “Despise Defined” have some machine gun vocals that follow the quick riffs and chaotic drums. VISCERAL BLEEDING never think to really slow the album from this lightning speed and by halfway through the album I found myself really craving a bit of change. There are times when the band slows it does slightly and throws a little modern groove into the mix which is a nice compliment to the chaotic portions but these are quick breaks and then it’s back to the races.
They play well at this speed with their very technical guitar work and consistent drums. So Metal heads who are fans of instrument side of the genre are going to love this album where fans who are focused on the songwriting aspect are going to be slightly disappointed. The band writes some killer tracks but their focus wasn’t in writing an astounding song that is going to surpass generations. They are here to rip your face off with some Death Metal and that is what they do.
If you are looking for a solid Death Metal release, pick up “Absorbing The Disarray.” You are going to hear a consistent and talented release that will rip your hearing in two. If you are looking for an album that is going to surpass and rise above its genre then you may not find it here. It’s a great Death Metal release though.
Songs to check out: “Awakened By Blood”, “Rip The Flesh”, “Despise Defined”.
(Online October 2, 2007)