Hell yeah! This stuff takes me back to the time when contact sports were dangerous, sex was safe and Death Metal was heavy!! Nothing fancy about this band’s music – just plain early American Death Metal with great tightness and groove to boot. If you love the first three MORBID ANGEL albums, then you know what to expect from these guys.
The last time when a Death Metal band with an admittedly unoriginal sound managed to impress me this much was when I came across the long lost Swedish Death Metal band DEFACED CREATION some years ago. With the opening track, “Desensitized” goes right for the throat with super tight drumming and very convincing and brutal vocals. This continues on the next track, but then on the third track “Life Or Death” they throw us with a curveball – some very slow, dirge-like riffs and pounding drums (sounding like BETHLEHEM meets MORBID ANGEL).
Yes, this is straight up old school Death Metal, but the band isn’t above experimenting a bit. This is very evident on “Choose Your God” – a 7 minute “epic” that never gets boring, with a great chorus, lots of tempo changes and some very creepy underlying melody line around the 1:50 mark (still don’t know whether it’s a piano or bass guitar though…). Other highlights included are “Retaliation” (check out those solos!) and the very Grind-like (in both name and sound) “Cunt Killer”.
WHORRID obviously revels in the Death Metal sound of the early to mid 90s and if you are into bands like MORBID ANGEL and SUFFOCATION (is there actually a self-respecting metalhead that isn’t?!), then you will eat this up! They are genre followers, not leaders, but they do a damn fine job of it and there is an abundance of energy and conviction throughout the ten tracks on offer here that just made me smile from ear to ear, while headbanging furiously of course!!
The production is crisp, but I felt that the bass could’ve been turned up a bit. Musically there’s nothing to complain about – the raw vocals (both growls and screams) are very well done and the guitar/drum interplay is super tight. Oh yeah, this album also sports one of the coolest album covers I’ve seen in a long time.
Great effort!! Two horns up!! (Online May 4, 2006)