Release DetailsLABEL Necropolis
RELEASED ON 6/4/2002
posted on 9/2002 By:
Disgorge. Engorged. Regorge. Disgorge again .The usage of the name "Gorge" in death metal apparently is as popular as bleached tips at your local college bar. …… Engorged's s/t latest release is really presenting me w/ some guitar styling I haven't heard in quite awhile. While listening to the 1st few tracks, I can't help but wonder if these guys listen to a lot of Gwar. And after repeated listens, I am sure that they do. And while Gwar is not exactly on my favorite band list, or anywhere near it for that matter, I do appreciate the fact that they do have a bit of a different sound than the typical "underground" gore/death metal band these days. To be honest , you really are not going to hear a lot of technical or death style riffing in here. Some of the riffs are even close to being "Kiss" oriented, w/ somewhat of a hard-edge rock feel to them, and while I personally despise Kiss, I do like the fact that Engorged crafts a different type of guitar assault not commonly heard nowadays. The songs do tend to get a little monotonous by the time the album nears closing, and sometimes the only element that distinguishes song from song for me are the samples, or lack thereof, included at the beginning, middle, or end of the songs. So imagine a lighter Mortician if you will in some senses. Had I not yet heard "Artgore" from Morgue last April, then I would not be familiar w/ this type of production. It is extremely roomy and chock full of low-end bass. I'd almost have to say it sounds a tad flat. The double-kick and sharp'n'chunky power chords just dominate this recording, and you need to turn it up quite loud to pick out any real sense of instrumental clarity. The vocals are for the most part your standard death. The grunts and growls are too distant in the mix, though. It's basically hard to get into because the mixing is just so oddly proportioned. Definitely by no means a terrible production, but by no means a superior one… So, would I be prompted to recommend this album to you? Eh…….it depends. If you are a hardcore gore/death mongrel or Gwar fiend, and don't give a rats ass about how listenable the album is, then yes, by all means go get it. But if you demand crisp and powerful production, complex musicianship, or are a discriminating enforcer of the type of album that has long-term staying power, then I would suggest passing up Engorged's latest.
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