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Oppressor - Elements Of Corrosion (7,5/10) - USA - 1998

Genre: Death Metal
Label: Olympic Recordings
Playing time: 32:08
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Corrosion
  2. Kingdom Of The Dead
  3. Blinded
  4. I Despise
  5. Through Their Eyes
  6. Upon The Uncreation
  7. In Malice I Breathe
  8. Vulgar Illusions
  9. Lost In Sorrow (outro)
Oppressor - Elements Of Corrosion
I've always been an OPPRESSOR-fan; they are a darn'deserving band in my eyes. Just let me try to explain why.

There have been really a lot of bands, throughout the 90s 'till nowadays, that have tried to develop their own sound bending the typical American Death Metal-style and make it flow within the more melodic Swedish-type Death. In my opinion, this kind of melting has never been properly crafted, so that I can't recall any band capable of suitably doing such a thing, off the top of my head. Uh, actually besides OPPRESSOR, I have to say.

I think these guys beautifully blend melody and brutality, and the overall sound benefits a lot from that achievement, donating freshness and a bit of originality to the band's musical offering. Add to it that into a sub-genre which can count zillions of sounding alike though skilled bands, that's an absolutely winning point.

Unleashed in 1997, "Elements Of Corrosion" is the last effort to date for the band, and that's another taste of their abilities in that sense.

The slaughter is set in motion by "Corrosion", an outstanding track really sick and brutal in which the wise utilization of articulated dissonant structures lying into the guitar-phrases is effective all the way through. If I have to build a comparison for this, I think I can cover it as a GORGUTS meets MORBID ANGEL with some different nuances. Really interesting and comfortable to my ears.

The following track is slower and more melodic, but there's that unmistakable Florida-imprint in there as well; you can clearly sense a fierce brutality underneath. It's a boiled down example of what I was trying to explain above, showing the I.D. of these guys.

By the way, I don't wanna bother you dissecting the album track by track. My point is as easy as it follows: you can find more diversity on "Elements Of Corrosion" than in the majority of currently produced Death Metal-albums. Do you like brutal Death Metal? This is for you. Do you like mellower European Death Metal? This is for you either.

On the technical side of things, the band doesn't spare its skills here. I know there are astonishingly technical Death-bands aplenty out there, so this may not seem a huge factor into the evaluation of the record, but for sure I always like it when a band blesses me with deep and intricate guitar-work and a good deal of rapid-fire blastbeats.

In conclusion, if you're into Death Metal, you can't really go wrong picking this up.

Luca Moscatiello



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