Genre: Brutal Death Metal
Label: Comatose Music
Whenever my dreary, miser-ish visages manages to contort into a painful looking smile, there are two possible reasons as to why:
1) I just saw a mop-headed skater biff it to the point of serious injury, or
2) A band like Disfigured shows me there are death metal groups out there that know that brutality isn’t just a fucking gimmick.
San Marcos, Texas natives, Disfigured are exactly what you think of when you catch yourself wondering what a band would sound like if they didn’t have to sacrifice ANYTHING in their art to please their label’s own agenda (probably one of the reasons why Comatose Music is so fucking killer). Everything is turned way down low, frantic as shit and as gritty as it all should be.
I wanted to use the tag “technical” in the heading, but all that really stood out or came close in that realm was the bass. I’m not saying that the guitarist and the drummer aren’t any good at all. I’m just giving the bassist a big ol’ thumbs up in the “Fucking-A, you kill!” department. It definitely helps that the mixing is top notch, so I can hear every note on every instrument, every time I play Amputated Gorewhore.
In the song Cunt Force Trauma, the vocalist deviates from his borderline annoying, stabbed-in-the-throat gurgle burps for a couple seconds and does this immensely annoying, gargling-with-semen scream. I really don’t understand the need for this particular type of vocal. Who’s demanding that they want their death/grind bands to sound like they find out that they’re bone-chillingly afraid of their own microphone while simultaneously trying to down a two liter of Shasta?
Also, Disfigured tended to overuse or go into that cliche territory with the samples from horror flicks or diarrhea sound clips. Even though we all love that scene in Dumb And Dumber where Harry shits his brains out… ok, I’ll let that one pass. With that being said, the track Drowning In Feces is a must listen. If you hear it and don’t dig it, then this album isn’t for you. Also, if you don’t dig it, I don’t think I want to know you!
Overall: Yes, Disfigured doesn’t abuse the “brutal” tag at all, but they do still manage to stumble upon the pitfalls that 90% of all bands in this sub-genre plummet into. In short; if you want a brutal album that fucking means it, check out Amputated Gorewhore.
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