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Brutality - Screams Of Anguish (9,5/10) - USA - 1993

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Playing time: 45:17
Band homepage: Brutality

Tracklist:

  1. These Walls Shall Be Your Grave
  2. Ceremonial Unearthing
  3. Sympathy
  4. Septicemic Plague
  5. Crushed
  6. Spirit World
  7. Exposed To The Elements
  8. Cries Of The Forsaken
  9. Cryptorium
  10. Spawned Illusion
Brutality - Screams Of Anguish

BRUTALITY, the name that fits a Death Metal band like a glow. But don't let the name fool you, there are more than brutality found on this record. What we're dealing with here is a group of extremely talented musicians. This album is now 11 years old, but it wears its age with pride. It could have been made this day and still gotten off with top score. “Screams Of Anguish” is a Death Metal classic, and deserves some word of praise.

 

This album starts with some serious blast beating, but it's clear from the start that this band knows how to make their Death Metal. Variation, dedication and aggression are the key words when trying to describe this piece of gold. "These Walls Shall Be Your Grave" contains a lot of tempo changes, good guitar playing and a really good vocalist. Death Metal vocals are not as easy as some people seem to think, it's not just about vomiting forth some lyrics. The lyrics are easily hearable for those listening to extreme music, but at the same it has that brutal edge.

 

It's hard to find any weak spots on this release, even the instrumentals are top quality, and not just filler stuff that some bands use to get a longer playing time on their records. The first instrumental is the atmospheric "Sympathy", a very nice and somewhat sad song. It's actually that good that I don't skip it, which is not the case with many other bands trying to make instrumentals. Get your new CD out goddamn it!!

 

BRUTALITY is one of the bands that really sparked my interest for Death Metal, the first time I heard them was when a friend of mine bought “Death Is Just The Beginning II”. BRUTALITY was one of the stand out bands on that release, and I remember how fascinated I was when I heard their blast beating for the first time. This was at the same time that I thought it was impossible to be more brutal than METALLICA (“Masters Of Puppets” era), needless to say I was proven wrong.

 

This album consists of only strong songs, but the two tracks I heard on “Death Is...” are my favourite ones, simply because I have some good memories popping up every time I hear them. These two songs are "Cryptorium" and "Spawned Illusions". "Spawned Illusions" are a brutal song, blast beating with guitars working all over the place. Later on in the song they thrown in some really slow and heavy riffs with a screaming guitar solo on top of it. It may sound ordinary, but that's just because you haven't heard this record yet. If you claim to be a fan of extreme music you are forced to check "Screams Of Anguish".

 

In 1993 there simply weren't many Death Metal bands that where better than BRUTALITY, now we write 2004 and the same is the truth today. This is a Death Metal classic and should also be checked out by people who like their music technical advanced, because there is not one doubt in hell that these guys know how to make their Death Metal. If you wonder how a record from 1993 sounds today sound quality speaking, I can assure you that producing and mixing records was a thing they managed mighty fine in 1993 too. Strong production, excellent songwriting, great vocals and top musicians overall makes this record on of my all time favourites, and therefore I recommend it too everyone into Metal. Crank up the volume and enjoy! (Online November 30, 2004)

Arve Henriksen



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