Release DetailsLABEL Neurotic
RELEASED ON 5/11/2004
Transcend Into Ferocity
posted on 6/2004 By:
Man, have I lucked out. I've had the privilege to review a few outstanding albums as of late and Transcend into Ferocity is certainly one of them. From my understanding, Visceral Bleeding's previous album, Remnants of Deprivation, received great reviews, but the band continued to go relatively unnoticed. Signing with Neurotic Records, hopefully the transition to the young label will help them out in gaining a little more well-deserved recognition.
Visceral Bleeding, although technically a Swedish death metal band, sound much more like American death metal. They do a little more to set themselves apart, slowing down plenty of times and throwing in a very slight amount of dissonance to separate parts. It's ultra-technical and so listenable. The bass thuds and clicks along perfectly with the usually abrupt, but sometimes groovy, erratic riffing while ripping solos come in just as fast as they leave. They're constantly jerking you in every direction. Imagine a amalgamation of Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation played with the energy of Cryptopsy. It's ridiculous and incredible.
Although he's not actually an official member of the band, the vocals are handled by Dennis Rondum (Spawn of Possession) and are sort of a Swano-esque mid-level growl with Corpsegrinder delivery. It's that stuttering delivery where the vocals hit on perfect rhythm and sound like he's got a half pound of meat-marbles in his mouth that'll garner comparisons to Cannibal Corpse. Not to mention the addiction to climbing hammer-ons and guitar squeals. The drums sound a little flat sometimes, but honestly, the effect it has on the overall sound is negligible, especially when you take into account the quality of the drumming.
It's a real good time. I've honestly laughed to myself and started shaking my head in response due to how well these guys play this kind of shit. As far as playing this style of catchy, diverse, and chunky death metal goes, I'd almost say Visceral Bleeding has outdone Suffocation's latest output. At 29 minutes, it's such a shame that it's so fucking short. Usually I'm always complaining about bands not knowing when to quit and having too long of songs. In summary, if you've ever in your entire life enjoyed technical death metal, go out there and buy this Transcend into Ferocity.
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