Album In Review: Carnal Abhorrence – Gormandizing Rupture
Band: Carnal Abhorrence
Album: Gormandizing Rupture
# of Songs: 7
Released: July 30th, 2019
Genre: Brutal Death Metal
Label: Realityfade Records
Mixing/ Mastering : Tsuntsun Productions
Nick Loria – Vocals
My first time hearing of this band was from the vocalist hitting me up after Chicago Domination Fest to talk shop. He was performing with his other project Necrosadist (which was pretty enjoyable live). We discussed the term Hot Lettuce in the green room following an interview with Phoenix, AZ band Atoll. Now for those of you that don’t know what Hot Lettuce is, don’t go look it up on your work computers….but definitely look it up.
Now on to breaking down this 7 song slam fest….
The first thing you need to know is that if you don’t like pig squealing in your brutal death metal or deep rolling gutturals like a demon whispering sweet nothings in your ear you probably won’t enjoy this album or brutal death metal in general but it’s cool you can claim you’re still hard over it behind your keyboard you little virgin fapper you.
Into The Pit Ranking –
The writing of each of the parts from drums to guitar to vocals wasn’t terrible but it did lack a certain depth and dimension to it. There were small flourishes on the guitar outside of your standard rhythm that got me excited and then seemed to fall back into a bland void of dun …dun …dun …DUN ….dun dun dun.
The drums could definitive lose some symbol action in certain parts and didn’t really have that wow factor for me. It seemed like they were playing it safe when they were composing the songs for this album. The one thing I did not have an issue with was the vocals. The gutturals were deep enough and stretched long enough at the right moments to where they made sense.
Having heard Necrosadist’s recorded and live material. This lacks the same colorful dimension. It’s like going to your grandmother’s house for a home cooked meal every night for a week straight and then coming home to your girl who has never heard of garlic or onions and doesn’t season any of the food she makes out of a box. Food is a great analogy here for a reason. Grams put a lot of love and passion into the dinners she cooked for you and the fam and you can taste it. Great music emits an emotion a feeling, you can sense the passion and drive that goes into and it makes you love it more. When you know what the good chicken tastes like it makes that mac n cheese a little harder to swallow.
Production/Mix/ Master: 3.0/5.0
For brutal death metal / slam metal drums are definitely a defining factor. Especially recorded. I feel like the drums got put in the background as an afterthought in comparison to the vocals and guitar. Programmed and live recorded drums do have slightly different sounds. Live drums give a rougher raw feel where programmed drums give it more precision and power. This album had programmed drums that didn’t get to display as much power as they had the potential to. They didn’t reach out through my ear phones or speakers and SLAM into me. There were also some timing issues that could have been fixed in the mixing process with a few extra listen throughs and TLC to get it righty tighty.
Other than the drums not having their well-deserved punch through the ear drums of the listener the sound quality itself was good. Vocals were clear and not overly condensed. The guitar didn’t fade in and out sounding like it’s drowning in one song and then blasting in the next.
Final Thoughts –
Would I put this on my do not listen list? No. Would I put this album on repeat and listen to it the whole day? also probably not, maybe one repeat while I review some electrical plans at my day job.
It is worth a listen and not everyone will agree with my sentiments on it. I am sure there are some metal-heads out there that this album tongue punches their fart box just right for. It might not top my CD rack stack but I expect their next one will be a little more brutal and chest slamming. Bring me some of Grams chicken with the next one boys.
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