There’s a whole lot to be said about Brutal Death Metal legends DEVOURMENT but I’m really not the right guy to go about explicating the rise and continued brutality these Texans perfunctorily dole out. I’m pretty green in the land of slamming Death Metal, or rather, I’m pretty raw; the blood is still dripping, all lacerations have yet to be sewn shut.
Seeing as how this is my initial trip into the discography of DEVOURMENT, I opted to do a little research. It appears that 2009’s “Unleash the Carnivore” is viewed by long-time “hardcore” fans as the band’s Dutch Oven – a rancid fart best left steaming under a layer of blankets and comforters. A soiled rehashing of what the boys delivered to perfection in “Molesting the Decapitated,” and a platter of booming Metal that suits the growing trend of Deathcore bozos who enjoy their music drone-friendly and stale.
What the fuck were these assholes listening to? While “Molesting the Decapitated” set a new standard and may have created a new genre, Slam Death Metal, everything is ratcheted up in "Unleash the Carnivore" – Eric Park (drums) and Chris Andrews (bass) level the bottom into rubble, Ruben Rosas (guitar) continues to produce mind-numbingly shit-heavy riffs, and Mike Majewski (vocals) gives the band its best and most brutal guttural roars yet.
“Unleash the Carnivore” does exactly that. Imagine some drooling multi-headed hydra of sorts stacked with top-of-the-line anabolic steroids steam-rolling and bashing and raping every living thing that dares claim life and you have a weak-ass example of the relentlessly mammoth chugging fuck-fest that DEVOURMENT unearthed in 2009.
While hordes of dumb fuck idiot-morons continue to drape the Brutal Death Metal realm with their brand of pathetic riff-wankery, incessant blast-beating, emotionless breakdowns, and horrid pig squeals, DEVOURMENT bring the goddamn heat with a simplified stance that is soaked with more skull-crushing mayhem than a field of irate elephants and fleeing four-year-olds.
DEVOURMENT don't want to beguile or entrance you. Their goal is straight-forward: utter earth-shaking demolition.
Brutal Death Metal gets a bad rap and for the most part it’s for good goddamn reason. But DEVOURMENT do it right; they do it so fucking correct that the sheer heaviness of the album sinks and swells in a sea of exploding quick-sand. The apparent originators of Slam Death Metal, these Texans have an insane knack for pounding out unbelievably awesome chugging brutality. “Unleash the Carnivore” just may have you setting new power-lifting records.
The song “Crucify the Impure” is playing right now and I’m trying my damnedest to not pound my keyboard into a pile of cheap black plastic. I better stop typing.
Chug-fests: “Unleash the Carnivores,” “Abomination Unseen,” “Crucify the Impure,” “Deflesh the Abducted,” and “Field of the Impaled.”
Notes: Check out the sick cover art by Dan Seagrave and Par Olafsson; the band is now signed to Relapse Records.
(Online January 3, 2011)