Amputated
Wading Through Rancid Offal


2.0
poor

Review

by Anthracks USER (14 Reviews)
November 13th, 2009 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wading Through Boring Slams

As far as I’m concerned there is an ongoing pandemic in brutal death metal. It was a decent idea at first, and an undeniably progressive one, for a single band to take a single element out of a Suffocation song and base an entire characteristic sound around it. If you take notice to the singularity of this claim, you’ll see that I am very much implying that it is not so much of a good idea for an entire sub-genre to emanate because of this. Regardless, here we are, and slamming brutal death metal seems to be overpopulating the brutal death metal umbrella at a noticeably rapid pace. The appeal of slam is understandable. It’s easier to make slamming brutal death as opposed to, say, technical brutal death, and it is definitely easier for consumption (all things considered). However, it is becoming somewhat of a plague; one that I have every intention of putting an end to by doing such things as giving dull slam bands the negative reviews that they deserve.

Amputated are a five piece from the United Kingdom; perhaps most notorious for partaking in a documentary in which they cooperated with a female pop band (Fallen Angelz) to craft a song. Their debut album, Gargling With Infected Semen, had a fairly heavy grind influence but still held its own in terms of brutality. What Amputated attempt to do with Wading Through Rancid Offal, is refine and accentuate the brutality in their sound. How better to go about doing this than by adding more slams to the formula?

Well, there are certainly better ways, but the band does manage to create one of the more exciting (and I mean this as much as I can) albums within the sub-sub-genre this year. They waste no time with revealing their entire hand; after all, one should know exactly what to expect when the first song is titled ‘Slam Pig.’ The album (and every song for that matter) opens with a “funny” and/or “disgusting” sample, which is succeeded by a bong-inspired bellow backed by a tedious slam. It isn’t an incredibly enticing start, and unfortunately it doesn’t get much more inviting after that.

Some of the slams on the album hold interest, and most of them certainly do their job, but the majority are just mind-numbingly boring. It also doesn’t say much in the album’s favor that the highlights are the more traditional brutal/grind riffs that transpire in between the slams…seeing as how those riffs are even more generic than the slams themselves. The drums lack any real power, the production is almost too clean given the genre (which both dent the band’s ambitions of being “ultra brutal”), and the vocals vary from pig squeals to pig snarls – it’s a stereotypical slam mess.

The United Kingdom isn’t very dense in terms of death metal, much less brutal death metal, which makes Amputated one of the leaders of their scene solely by circumstance. Being that this is a genre where the term ‘generic’ is more of a clarifier than it is a detraction, Amputated have, to an extent, succeeded with their goals; resulting in one of the better slam releases to come out of this year. It’s truly a matter of being the best of the worst.



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Anthracks
November 13th 2009


3744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Had trouble deciding between 2 and 2.5 but the sampling convinced me

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FadeToBlack
November 13th 2009


10926 Comments


excellent review

i've never listened to slam death metal, and you've certainly convinced me to keep it that way

Anthracks
November 13th 2009


3744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

to save one soul is all i could ask for

Wizard
November 13th 2009


19441 Comments


Good review.

By definition to an old man like myself who doesn't listen to too much brutal death metal, what exactly is 'slamming'?

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myhigherpie
November 13th 2009


3027 Comments


slamming is when the guitars go BOOMM! and the drums go BAMM! and its all slow and brutal and slammy.

Wizard
November 13th 2009


19441 Comments


Damn that pisses me off soooooooooo much when bands do that. For the most part, it's predictable as hell and does nothing to make a breakdown more interesting.

myhigherpie
November 13th 2009


3027 Comments


ya basically it's what anthrax said. they take one single element from Suffocation and format it into an entire musical style. It's terrible.

Wizard
November 13th 2009


19441 Comments


I don't ever remember Suffocation ever doing something that gay. Anthracks, give me a Suffocation song where they do that.

myhigherpie
November 13th 2009


3027 Comments


well with suffocation its far more subtle and implicated far better and used far less often.

and when they do it its sick as fuck.

Wizard
November 13th 2009


19441 Comments


Listening to Effigy of the Forgotten and Pierced From Within tonight.

Anthracks
November 13th 2009


3744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This isn't any good, but it isn't as bad as Waking Cadaver.


WTC is a influence on this album however lol

By definition to an old man like myself who doesn't listen to too much brutal death metal, what exactly is 'slamming'?


99% of the time it's chugging but the essence of it is that it's "really groovy" brutal death metal--the only categorically "slam" band i know of that doesn't whore out chugging is abysmal torment. theyre defined as slam simply because they're groovy and brutal though I think. i dont consider them slam though

it's pretty much just constant suffocation breakdowns. slams themselves arent annoying but the genre is

I don't ever remember Suffocation ever doing something that gay. Anthracks, give me a Suffocation song where they do that.


the breakdown that starts at around 2:50 in liege of inveracity is pretty much the best example and probably instigated the whole thing.

Wizard
November 13th 2009


19441 Comments


Ahhh thanks for the clarification dude.

couch
November 24th 2009


311 Comments


SOUNDS LIKE A PRETTY GOOD ALBUM

Se2ondComing
November 25th 2009


178 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

album sucks...

couch
November 28th 2009


311 Comments


u know this album was gonna be good when the first song had "slam" in its name.

gutturaldevourment88
September 27th 2010


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band is pretty sick, the vocals are crazy, but crepitation is better.

Ayil
March 26th 2014


63 Comments


Heavy as all fuck, the samples are kinda terrible but the actual music is good.

Regenerate The Carnifex, Wading Through Racid Offal, Slam Pig and Uterus Swollen With Festering Putrescence are awesome songs.

Anthracks
August 15th 2014


3744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i still hate slam. there are still way too many slam bands.



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