Label: Dynamic Arts Records
Having let Deathbound’s 2007’s We Deserve Much Worse fly under my radar, I’m just going to have to assume that I must of missed something in the evolution to Non Compos Mentis since this album is heavy! I’m not saying that Doomsday Comfort wasn’t, it’s just that the promo disc I received for Non Compos Mentis weighs about a metric ton more!
Deathbound didn’t abound their grind sound at all since most people nowadays seem to equate a “heavy” sound to “gay” or “mainstream” for some reason. To be more accurate, Non Compos Mentis is three parts grind, two parts groove and one part old school death metal. They must have been listening to a lot of Rotten Sound since 2005…
In regards to the instrumentation, Deathbound’s guitarist “Pete” is a fountain of tweaked formulaic riffs. Like in Death Come For A Visit; classic subsonic grind riffs with a heavy groove influence. Admittedly there are times when I wish he’d experiment some more, but what are ya gonna do? Vocally, you’ve got your standard, sloppy scream/growl hybrid that gets the job done. Percussions? Forget about it! Blast beats out the ass and little more than snare and crash abuse. Live with it!
Overall: A wholly satisfying album for fans of classic grind and newer schools of death infused metal. If I had it my way, all of the little sound bites that litter the album would cease to be, but they don’t really do any harm. I’m just a pickly old miser.
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