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Vomitory - Opus Mortis VIII

Shostakovich   (109 reviews)

Posted: 04/18/2011 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

Walter Gibson, magician and creator of the pulp/comic character The Shadow, once said something I will paraphrase here; "You start off with meat and potatoes, and people like it. Then you decide to add in some peas, and maybe some fruit on the side, and some exotic spices and on and on....until you ask what they want and you find out they like meat and potatoes."

To me it's a message few bands understand anymore. Vomitory however, has clearly gotten the message. Over 20 years as a band, almost nothing has changed about them. They were born in the late 80's when death metal was still not much more than thrash metal with double the aggression, and Opus Mortis VIII finds them still not far removed from the classic Florida/Sweden death metal sound of the early 90's.....and good for them.

Each song on this record is a brutal nod to Discharge, Death and Slayer, which is exactly where I like my death metal. The actual lyrics are still decently audible and enunciated through the standard death grunt, and the band shows an incredible amount of restraint, with most songs in the 3 or 4 minute range and many of the arrangements basic and catchy rather than a complex mess. Even the blast beats are a tasteful and rare treat. When they come out though, watch out. "Torturous Ingenious" is a fine example of this. Also notable is the stuttering palm mute verses of "Forever Damned".

Why listen to a bunch of awful suburban thugs butchering hip hop, grindcore, AND death metal at the same time when you can put this on and actually hear song structure, talent, and workmanlike effort?

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