Yearning for the Grotesque
posted on 3/2003 By:
Yeah now I know why I had been wanting to get at least something from these death-gore veterans. I’ve been trying to get “Stabwound Orgasm” for awhile but it’s just not as “accessible” as I’d like. Avulsed play fantastic percussive death metal. Their rolling thunder sound reminds me a lot of Sinister. Production on this album is perfect and sounds primo on any system I play it on. This is the closest to flawless drum sound that I’ve heard on any death metal album. Similar to the drum “tone” on Cannibal Corpse’s Bloodthirst, it’s a punishing, rolling, pounding, and cracking crisp sound and it never gets greedy and takes over the whole sound to itself. Avulsed succeed in crafting standout elements and riffs for each song, gaining points for distinction and songwriting. If you’re looking for melodic vocal choruses then don’t look here because it’s straightforward death growls and grunts w/ the occasional scream here and there. Standout tracks include pretty much all of them, but I pay special attention to “Wormeaten” w/ its pounding breakdown, “Devourer of the Dead” w/ its energetic chorus, and “Pale Red Blood” w/ its Spanish sounding intro and outro. Fuck it man. Every song gets lots of playing time. This is quality metal. “Decrepit Sigh” is a rather interesting tune which displays a great deal of emotion w/ slow grinding tempo and downtuned power chords and very suitable for wrapping up a strong effort from these guys. Their website is very professional and informative, and it informs me of all the other Avulsed albums that I now need to get.
Avulsed is a hard working band that puts out quality music that is worth the fans’ money. Production is obviously improving in the area of brutal death and it brings a smile to my face to hear it. More and more bands are realizing that better sound, distinctive song-to-song riffing, and thoughtful songwriting equals more listens. “Yearning for the Grotesque” gets my full endorsement, and for percussive death fans I recommend you purchase this when & where you can and as soon as you can.
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