ARSEBREED unashamedly do what is typical of European Technical Death/Grind bands and derive their riffing style and death metal roots from that big place across the pond. With ample doses of DEICIDE and DEEDS OF FLESH, equally, coupled with a fair amount of riffing heard on CANNIBAL CORPSE's "Tomb Of The Mutillated," the basis for the band seems common, standard and most likely uninteresting.
For those of you who formed that opinion, there will be very little this CD can do to make you decide otherwise as despite claiming to be "breaking boundaries," very little of the technical nature of the riffing is much above the musical standard of the aforementioned CANNIBAL CORPSE album. That said, the technical importance is more obvious in the dynamic approach to song structure.
The pace rarely relentless, despite having an affinity for the occasional groove, but the chop and change nature within a relentless pummelling delivery is intense if nothing else. However, the inherent problem with "brutal" bands of this nature is that even if the technical aspect is done well, it doesn't feel "punishing." The riffing isn't hard enough and the technicality lacks the utter vehemence of a more simple delivery.
For brutal fans, this has none of the excellence of a DISGORGE, nor the seamless blend of brutality and style of a DEVOURMENT. Unfortunately this leaves them somewhere in purgatory, having elements to appeal to both brutal and technical fanbases, but ultimately being superior in neither. Pity. (Online February 10, 2006)