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DEVOURMENT

Conceived In Sewage

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Reviewed by : Jason Deaville
Rating : 7.0

I'm sure we can all agree that the best slam metal - like any good slasher film worth its weight in blood, guts, and sinew - often trivializes human life, rendering it as a cheap commodity that depicts salacious killing and ubiquitous slaughter. I mean, we wouldn't have it any other way, amirite? For many years, the textbook example of this inhumanity came by way of Dallas, Texas’s DEVOURMENT, who are without question one of extreme metal’s most brutal purveyor’s of filth. Their most recent slab of slam, entitled Conceived In Sewage, carries forth this time-honored tradition. Song titles such as 'Fucked With Rats' and 'Parasitic Eruption' are equally as disgusting as the package with which it is delivered. There is no mistaking this album for anything but Devourment - lyrically and thematically. However, as it pertains to the compositions, Devourment are clearly in the midst of a metamorphosis; one that sees them shedding the 'slam' in favour of some old school 'death' metal. The back-to-the-roots approach to the songwriting is commendable, and a refreshing change of pace. Probably the biggest change is the Eric Rutan-helmed production, his first with the band. Not being a fan of Rutan's previous knob-twiddling resume, I was skeptical when it was announced the band had chosen him as their producer. Gone is the gritty, low-end, cranium pulverizing heaviness. In its place is a clean, clinical, over-polished imposter. Now, to be clear, this isn't the fault of the band, as the songs are certainly some of the best the band has ever written. The signature slam/breakdowns are present in spades, but they are now rendered monotonous and soulless - completely devoid of that crushing, suffocating crunch that is so intrinsic to their chosen genre.



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