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Offending: Age of Perversion

The trouble with a lot of death metal bands is that many don't bring a lot of variety to the table. As a result you generally know what you're going to get: Blastbeats, some groove and of course, growled vocals. This isn't usually a bad thing as personally I like old school death metal and think that those who stick by the old rules deserve respect. Stick to the old rules appears to be France's Offending's motto too as the band stick to the tried and true 90s Florida death metal sound. As a result the band do what they do very well, but play it safe and stick to their roots.

For those who like their death metal old-school, pick The Age of Perversion up and re-experience why you fell in love with death metal in the first place.

Track Listing
1. Infested by His Burden 06:44
2. Within This World 04:26
3. Modern Enslavement 04:46
4. Dominion XXI 04:31
5. Religion Depravity 02:27
6. Age of Perversion 04:43
7. Hopeless Submission 05:03
8. Raped by Religion 04:12
9. Devotion 04:06

Added: October 29th 2012
Reviewer: Curtis Dewar
Related Link: Deepsend Records
Hits: 1857
Language: english

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Offending: Age of Perversion
Posted by Jeff B, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-10-29 15:20:17
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For whatever reason, most of France's flagship extreme metal bands tend to be more experimental than those from other countries. Maybe the country's lack of a strong black and death metal scene in the nineties' caused newer acts to take a left-hand path approach, or maybe there's just something in the water over there that produced acts like Deathspell Omega, Gojira, Blut Aus Nord, and countless others. Whatever the cause may be, France's very own Offending is proof that not every band from the country is interested in pursuing an experimental and avant-garde style. This five piece collective plays a style of death metal that just reeks of old-school brutality and blasphemy, and Age of Perversion is a great example of this style done right.

One look at the track listing, which consists of song titles like "Infested By His Burden", "Raped by Religion", and "Modern Enslavement", and it should be clear that we're dealing with some pretty blasphemous old school death metal in the vein of Deicide, Immolation, and Morbid Angel. Offending wouldn't have sounded out of place in the early nineties' American death metal scene at all, and thankfully the quality of their material is also up to par. The music will beat your ass into the dirt with its unrelenting brutality and technicality, but Age of Perversion also contains a few melodic solos and doomy riffs to keep things interesting. Songs like "Infested By His Burden" and "Age of Perversion" are just top-notch old school death metal, and while nothing here sounds wildly original, the entire album is executed flawlessly. The production also has an organic feel to it that suits the music perfectly.

That being said, Age of Perversion is the sort of album that will probably be forgotten about by many death metal listeners - it does very little to stand out from the crowd, and although the music itself is excellent, the general lack of innovation shown by Offending probably won't get them the attention they deserve. This is quite a shame, actually, since the quality of Age of Perversion is well-above that of most other death metal newcomers - the musicianship is phenomenal and the compositions are solid, so for those reasons alone, this is definitely worth checking out. I'd like to see Offending offer up a bit more originality next time around, but for the time being, this sophomore observation is certainly recommended to old school death metal fans.

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