Dissect, Molest, Ingest
Brutal Death Metal
After kicking off this year with the new, extremely brutal and crushing Aborted Fetus album, Private Judgement Day, I was certainly more than prepared for even more brutality. But to be honest I did not really expect the next dosage of slam death metal to hit me so quickly, and here we are with Amputated‘s brand new album, Dissect, Molest, Ingest. Those unfamiliar with the band would find their footing quickly, with the Cannibal Corpse-esque grotesquery on the cover artwork, and the overall visual aesthetics hinting one towards the style that Amputated would be presenting on their third full length album.
Body of Work introduces one to the themes of Amputated, and as though the band’s moniker weren’t enough clue for one, the samples of news reports on the track include news about cannibalism, necrophilia and the likes. Gorging on Putrid Discharge hits the listener with little warning, and the intensity that is presented by Amputated quickly reminds one of slam death metal pioneers such as Devourment, along with other bands such as Kraanium and of course the recent Aborted Fetus. This especially so with the chugging riffs that guitarists Daryl and Kai unleash, the relentless blasting of Gareth and the focus on the breakdowns that are rather plenty throughout the album.
Apart from the heaviness and intensity in the music, Amputated also brings in some elements of technicality in their music, and often Daryl and Kai bring in rather complex sections that could easily remind one of bands like Suffocation or Dying Fetus. There are even moments on The Local Flavour that brings bands like Cerebral Bore to mind with the riffing and the inclusion of slower, yet heavier moments on the track, as well as the high prominence of bassist Harry, who matches up with the rest of the band with ease.
While Amputated certainly does not bring anything particularly new to the table with Dissect, Molest, Ingest, the tightness with which the band executes their craft certainly makes the album extremely enjoyable, and of course fitting to the entire imagery that the band has sought to conjure.