Band : Horrific Demise
Album/EP : Excruciating Extermination
Genre: Brutal Death Metal
Label : Comatose Music
Location : Wisconsin/Indiana/Ohio
FFO : Gorgasm, Suffocation, Lividity
First off, when listening to Brutal Death Metal, the production is usually meh. But for Horrific Demise, I am super impressed. Each song is just straight to the point fucking death metal. No bullshit. Nothing over produced or over done with effects. There are solos, but nothing overly techy. What sticks out the most about this band, is that its made up of seasoned members. Each member has been around for a while, so they each take their experience to Horrific Demise to create something truly intense. The mix is what you would expect for a death metal album. Now I know there are death metal bands out there who make great music and its crystal clear, and well mixed. If this album was to sound like a modern Cannibal Corpse album, it would take away from the epicness. Nothing against Cannibal, I just feel that the raw tones really make this album.
Each track is fucking relentless. They throw in a couple solos here and there, and a couple slams. But each track has super catchy riffs that make me want to head bang as I type this. If I do that, I’m breaking shit. From the little bio I got with this promo, I’m pretty sure the themes are pain, death, and overall destruction. Which usually make for a pretty good death metal album.
This definitely will be played more. Its got everything I want in a death metal album. Catchy head banging riffs, thunderous drums, and toilet bowel demon vocals. Its heavy, but not overly flashy. I’m not sure of the exact lyrics. As often ad I listen to this music, you think id be an expert at deciphering the growls by now. But alas, I am evaded once again. My favorite part is simply the head banging parts. Simple cave man riffs over sick double bass. There is no better formula if you want to engage with the crowd. There isn’t anything for me to complain about. Its a fantastic collection of tracks.
Now, usually I try to compare it to previous work. But this is the bands debut album. Which is mind blowing. Even though the band is made up of seasoned musicians. But to be able to make a record this mind blowing right away? That’s just fucking nuts. Like right now, as I’m typing this. I’m on the final track “Until Only We Remain”, and half way through we get hit with one of the most cave man chugging slams I’ve ever heard. Its definitely a mosh pit from hell inducing part. Im getting blown away.
Over all, im floored. At first, I wasn’t terribly impressed, but I wasn’t let down either. I thought it was just going to be yet another death metal album to review. But I kept listening, and as the tracks kept playing, it slowly made sense. Horrific Demise is a band made up of musicians who have been around a while, and they know what they want in a death metal album. Excruciating Extermination is full of cave man-head banging-death metal perfection. If you love underground death metal, you NEED a copy of this record.
Star Rating: 10/10
Strongest Song: Until Only We Remain