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Devourment: Conceived in Sewage

Despite their many incarnations, not to mention their revolving door lineup, Devourment remains a brutal, filth-ridden, extreme metal band. Don't get me wrong; when I say "filth-ridden," I only echo what band members themselves would say. After all, this is the kind of metal that revels in that fantasy space where bodies undergo every means of torture, dismemberment, and brutality possible. I wouldn't want to live there.

Take a look at that album cover. It isn't so much a picture of hell as it is a sewer for the dead and the dismembered; surely this is place where dumped bodies go to decay. At the center of the picture is an angry and menacing rotten corpse; has it returned to life or barely hanging on to it?

The music on this album is fairly consistent with what fans have come to expect--heavy guitars and extremely deep vocal growls. The themes are evident from the song titles and need no additional commentary. This is extreme metal in the vein of Cannibal Corpse. I've never been terribly keen about this style of metal, but I can say that this isn't a bad release. Yes, the songs share a similar quality and yes, the vocals don't really go anywhere outside of their usual growl, but the band sounds good and clearly is grasping for another attempt at a musical life. My favorite track, oddly enough, is "March to Megiddo, "a song that has no vocals and is a fairly straightforward march. It's played with precision, though, and have my ears a moment's pause, a breath, before diving in to the equally good "Today We Die, Tomorrow We Kill." Whatever that song is about--a zombie army, perhaps--it was a nice follow up to the march.

Track Listing:
1. Legalize Homicide
2. Fifty Ton War Machine
3. Conceived in Sewage
4. Fucked with Rats
5. March to Megiddo
6. Today We Die, Tomorrow We Kill
7. Heaving Acid
8. Carved into Ecstasy
9. Parasitic Eruption

Added: March 15th 2013
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
Hits: 1188
Language: english

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