Devourment
Unleash the Carnivore


1.0
awful

Review

by The_Oath USER (6 Reviews)
August 5th, 2009 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another generic album made by a band so horrendous one can only conclude that their fan-base is composed of masochists.

With each year that passes extreme metal is becoming more and more stagnant – original bands are few and far between. As Generation Y ages the ability for extreme music to shock and awe lessens; the two appear to be negatively correlated. What's become apparent is that metal is succumbing to the same sort of elite fogeyism rock did 25 years ago. We like it when our death metal sounds like 1991, and we like it when our black metal sounds like 1994. Bands that created music in those early years set the standard, of which all new bands are subjected to. What's to blame for this? The recent crop of generic bands to emerge from the melodic, technical, and brutal genres of death metal seem to shed light on the matter. Slam bands like Devourment, more so.

Devourment started up in 1995, and between then and 2005, went through sporadic bouts of inactivity. As a result, none of the founding members remain. That hardly matters, however, because with music this bland catching any glimpse of individuality in the workmanship is nigh impossible. With the possible exception of metalcore and nu-metal, the sort of music they play and allegedly pioneered is the most despised genre in metal, and rightfully so at that. Slam death metal is a revolting combination of brutal death metal and goregrind, employing chugging breakdowns that some unfortunate souls describe as being catchy. While many complain about the generic aspects of heavy metal, most slam groups revel in it, copying each other to the point where albums made by completely different bands are interchangeable with each other. Unfortunately, this record is no different.

Contrary to the claimed strength of the genre, almost none of the riffs on Unleash the Carnivore are catchy. When the first song "Unleash the Carnivore" starts, the results are promising. The beginning riff is entertaining enough; drums competent. However, things take a turn for the worst when vocalist Mike Majewski begins his gargling and growling. Indeed, they are low and brutal, but the problem is that they're also grating and extremely boring. Though, I suppose regarding the latter case they fit the music perfectly. Like most bands whose main focus is gore, the lyrics are mindless, monotonous, and misogynistic. The lyrics of "Deflesh the Abducted" are typical: "I rip out its throat, ***ing me with bliss – abduct the whore; deflesh her more. *** you 'til your dead, causing me to explode". These types of lyrics were stupid in the early 90's; all the more so now.

The strict and predictable pattern that all Devourment songs follow are a recipe for disaster, and not of the good sort: semi-interesting intro, noisy bridge, then chugging riff that bears some resemblance to a breakdown whereupon "vokills" – which sound like a drunken idiot attempting to burp the alphabet – commence. Repeat this formula for another four minutes and voila! You've got another Devourment song! While playing this record listeners may find themselves periodically checking their music player, to ensure that the current song going isn't stuck on repeat. Unfortunately, each glance will end in bitter disappointment, for one soon comes to the understanding that all the songs sound exactly alike.

Now, with bands like Devourment, one is reminded of what made the 90's so great for extreme metal. However, as good as bands like Cannibal Corpse and Carcass are, it's difficult to forgive them for inspiring people to produce absolute crap like this. The only genuine compliment I can give this album is a nod to the wonderful album art created by Dan Seagrave, who has created iconic pieces for bands like Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Dismember, and Pestilence. If you're a fan of generic goregrind you may want to check this out, but otherwise stay the *** away from it.



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Zip
August 6th 2009


5312 Comments


Amen to bashing brutal death. I commend you sir

Anthracks
August 6th 2009


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

of course devourment have individuality they created slam

Digging: Ariel Pink - Pom Pom

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2009


17225 Comments


I'm not a fan of Devourment, but they're not that bad.

The_Oath
August 6th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Oh I beg to differ.

Anthracks
August 6th 2009


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

y u gotta slam devo so hard man?

OllieS
August 6th 2009


2036 Comments


Yeah Brutal Death is way too much for me. Solid review.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2009


8387 Comments


very good negative review, told me loud and clear that I should stay the hell away from this. Pos. And I agree, the cover art is pretty damn cool

ReturnToRock
August 6th 2009


3448 Comments


meh...almost everything with 'gore' or 'brutal' as a prefix or suffix sucks anyway.

pos'd.

turnip90210
August 6th 2009


321 Comments


take a pos

slam death is indeed some of the samiest tripe around, the closer to the blueprint you sound the better. same low vox, same chuggy guitar, often the quality of the bands depend on the production and tone, something that doesn't impact other styles as much (since there's more contact). it's bearable in limited doses, I don't mind a drop of katalepsy from time to time, but this particular album is indeed pretty not good.

BallsToTheWall
August 6th 2009


44805 Comments


Didnt Dying Fetus also help develop slam? For better or worse.Regardless, good review. Lyrics kind of remind me of the movie I watched last night.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

The_Oath
August 6th 2009


24 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

To me, pos means piece of shit. What does it mean on here?

ReturnToRock
August 6th 2009


3448 Comments


positively marked.

it's used when you mark "yes" on the "is this review well written" ballot. if you mark "no", we say you negged or neg'd.

illmitch
August 6th 2009


5429 Comments


this is a quality review. i hate brutal death and related genres.

Anthracks
August 6th 2009


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didnt Dying Fetus also help develop slam? For better or worse.Regardless, good review. Lyrics kind of remind me of the movie I watched last night.


i blame suffocation

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2009


17225 Comments



i blame suffocation

123

and on a side note Dying Fetus are fucking great.

plutosatanclubhouse
August 6th 2009


142 Comments


wow i had no idea devourment came out with an album this year, will go out of my way to never hear this.

BallsToTheWall
August 6th 2009


44805 Comments


New Dying Fetus should be great, and will buy it for its kickass artwork.

plutosatanclubhouse
August 6th 2009


142 Comments


i heard one of the songs from the new dying fetus and it blew chunks

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 6th 2009


17225 Comments


I saw them play a new song last month and it was great.

Anthracks
August 6th 2009


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that new DF song was ok but nothin special



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