Release DetailsLABEL Displeased Records
RELEASED ON 12/13/2004
posted on 12/2004 By:
Alright, Anal Vomit. What's the deal? You've got latin song titles, an extremely simple gore-grind name, but you play stripped-down death/thrash? Oh wait, here it is: Anal Vomit play "bestial alcoholic Peruvian old school black death". Nevermind, I was totally off.
Whatever ridiculous terms you use to define your metal, Anal Vomit sounds like old Morbid Angel, or even early Sepultura. This makes sense, considering the band was formed in 1992 - they've managed to perfectly preserve their sound. The vocals, a sort of garbled and gruff bark, do nothing but reinforce the old school atmosphere - especially when they randomly turn into a high pitched wail. The guitarwork, for the most part, consists of quickly picked ascending/descending thrash riffs and a wide array of dives and guitar squeels. Chaotic (yet predictable) solos fill Demoniac Flagellations to the brim. The drums, which are the loudest sound in the mix, are standard but steady, while the bass is almost completely lost. There's a cover of Sepultura's "Antichrist". And uh, the rest of the album sounds the same. Yep. That's about it.
I really wish someone in Anal Vomit recognized that their samples are too loud, and that the few effects they use make them sound laughable. What could've been taken rather seriously is rendered slightly questionable. If you're going to completely go for a sound that everyone's familiar with by emulating the bands right on down to the production, why would you ruin that by throwing in samples?
To be honest, this is one of the harder reviews I've had to do in a while. It's not good enough to praise, not bad enough to trash, and not distinct enough to thoroughly review. I'm afraid Anal Vomit might just have to occupy some sort of limbonic state in which they just relieve only lukewarm responses. But hey, lukewarm is better than frozen. In any case, Demoniac Flagellations is intended for a select audience. There's no doubt someone out there will pick this up and lose their shit over it, but as a reviewer, I have to say that there isn't anything new being offered here and you'd be better off picking up the bands that influenced them.
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