After a three-year layoff, Germany’s DEFEATED SANITY are back with “Chapters Of Repugnance,” one of the most challenging and unquestionably monstrous Death Metal releases of the year.
Fraught with flesh-tearing hooks and a viscous swell of godless slamming, the quartet from Dachsbach, Bavaria is comprised of Lille Gruber on the skins, Jacob Schmidt on the bass, and a pair of new members in vocalist A.J. Magana of DISGORGE fame, and guitarist Christian Kühn who replaced uber-fucking-cool Wolfgang Teske (R.I.P.), the band’s original axe-man and co-founder who succumbed to his battle with cancer on September 12th of 2010.
With the addition of Magana and Kühn, DEFEATED SANITY have kept intact the blasting brutality and Jazz fusion song splicing while improving the vocal output and the traditionally mind-numbing axe-play. As technically proficient as they are demonically groove-infatuated, the band comes across as a mutated ground-shaking beast crossover of NECROPHAGIST and DEVOURMENT; relentlessly pounding and creative, yet altogether content in stomping and mashing together giant hair-bristling breakdowns that amplify the already gargantuan bottom heavy production job.
“Chapters Of Repugnance” is pitiless, enthralling Brutal Death Metal.
Peculiarly memorable, especially for such a chaotic slab of evil Metal, the album builds and explodes thanks to its three-minute opener, “Introitus,” a chug-fest that intensifies from a mere distorted scratch and into a frenzied Death Metal showcase. “Carnal Deliverance” and “Engulfed In Excruciation” serve as this reviewer’s two favorite tracks for their focus on destructive groove, infectious slams, and ferocious growls, but if one is more privy to highly frenetic blasting and precise riff-play, check out “Calculated Barbarity” for its whirlwind intro and insane song progression.
Most Brutal Death Metal bands tend to go way too far in one direction and ultimately fail in the process – too breakdown swamped, too technically self-indulgent – but DEFEATED SANITY hit the quota for each in stride. At a little over a half-hour long the caliber of the band’s musicianship and the super-set weight-gain album structure delivers a grueling display of top-notch Death Metal not for the squeamish or the faint of heart.
NOTE: The album’s Hell-inspired artwork was the first banned cover layout that Willowtip Record’s printer refused to print.
(Online January 7, 2011)