Album Review: Engorgement – Excruciating Intestinal Lacerations

Engorgement [UK]
Excruciating Intestinal Lacerations
2012
Full Length
Comatose Music
Brutal Death Metal

After the (ironically) pleasant encounter with slam band Kraanium and their recent full length release, my ears were ready for more of such violent and crushing music. Engorgement certainly fitted the bill with the gore-infested album artwork of their debut full length album, Excruciating Intestinal Lacerations, fittingly released under Comatose, with their roster of brutal death metal bands.

The perversion of the band and the themes of filth is obvious with song titles like Ejaculation Over Defiled Human Remains, but it is the music of Engorgement that really completes the entire crushing and morbid experience as heavy riffs greet the listener right after the spoken sample that sets the mood for the album. The slam aesthetics are extremely clear here, from the emphasis and focus on the crushing and somewhat groovy riffs, punctuated by the generous amounts of pinch harmonics of guitarist Stu Hine that is backed by the rumbling bass of Afro Lynn that provides that lower end heaviness in the music, down to the gurgling, guttural vocals of Putrid James, bringing about comparisons to bands such as their label mates Kraanium. Mitch Rider’s drumming is equally uncompromising, as he punishes his kit with his violent yet precise blast beats and quick and constant footwork.

The dosage that Engorgement provides on Excruciating Intestinal Lacerations is extremely short, with the entire album coming down to only 22 minutes, yet the quality material on the album lasts a strong impact on the listener. Songs are often short and straight to the point, with no slow buildup bullshit and the intention of the band is clearly heard throughout the record: simplicity in the songwriting and relentless execution of their brutal art. No fancy, flamboyant stuff here, and the only boundary that the band really tries to push with Excruciating Intestinal Lacerations seems to be in the brutality department, and suffice to say they have more than succeeded in doing so with the suffocating atmosphere that lasts the entirety of the album. With the amount of excellent releases of this sub-genre, this variant of brutal death metal could potentially become one of my new favourites in time to come.

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