Disgorge
She Lay Gutted


4.5
superb

Review

by JohnnyGetYerKnife USER (19 Reviews)
November 15th, 2009 | 26 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do you like anti-Christianity lyrical themes? Yes? Do you like brutal death metal? Yes? Have you heard of Disgorged? What do you mean 'No'?

If someone asked me to name a brutal death metal band who are also the aural equivalent of schizophrenia, I would respond with 'Disgorge'. Disgorge are unique and ingenious at the same time. A band whose music almost solely revolves around unpredictability and a sort of controlled chaos must be, at the very least, respected, especially in the brutal death metal genre. She Lay Gutted is their second studio album, released in 1999, and re-released in 2006. If we compare it to their first demo compilation, Cranial Impalement, we can see that this album surpasses the demo collection in every way. She Lay Gutted boasts an even more unpredictable ferocity that has made Disgorge a name that is feared by everyone, and if you haven't heard of them, you deserve to be slapped twice across the face.

Although this album is superb, and highly recommended, I understand the negativity towards it, and Disgorge in general. Listening to Disgorge is like riding a rollercoaster. At the end, you probably won't remember exactly what happened while it was playing, or whether or not you liked it, but there’s a rough possibility you'd either enjoy the exuberance of the event and feel an unparalleled rush of adrenaline, or you'd absolutely detest it for any of the varying reasons usually given. (It was too fast/unpredictable, too discomforting, the carny/vocalist was too drunk/monotonous for my liking...) and you will proceed to vomit and never even think about doing it again.

The element of surprise takes itself from the fact that these tracks aren't based on the archetypal of... *cringes* pop music, but, rather a two to three minute explosion of riffs that develop on a certain theme or feel, with some very rare moments of repetition. That’s not completely uncommon in death metal, but I get the feeling that it’s been taken to the extreme here. Put together with an inhospitable production job, indecipherable growls, and lyrics revolving around both anti-Christianity and gore, this is one of the most brutal albums out there today. But is it any good? I, for one, feel vehemently that it is.

The guitars chop back and forth with a non-stop barrage of chugging and ever-changing riffs that may make men and women over thirty five ill. Thanks to Ricky Myers, the human drum machine, some listeners may suffer from numerous heart attacks. And, finally, the guttural vocals, provided by Matti Way, may produce enough downforce to snap your spine like a stick. You may not die listening to this CD, but, ye be warned, it may make you want to kill someone else. This is essentially a barrage of constant riffs, a new one every twenty seconds practically. Creative, precise and complex are all words that could describe the guitar parts. The only issue I have with the guitar production is that they sound like they're more appropriate for a doom/death metal band rather than music that goes consistently over 200BPM. It doesn't make the riffs completely indecipherable though, and it actually sounds astounding at times. The 2:00 minute mark on Exhuming The Disembowelled is an example of the tone's better moments. Worm Full Of Scabs is a track that goes back to their demo days, and is full of doom/death moments.

I challenge anyone to listen to this CD less than 50 times and predict every single riff change. Bulls--t - you can’t. She Lay Gutted doesn't carry as many blatant breakdowns as its predecessor does, but it will grow on you nonetheless. Because of the sheer speed of the album, I don't expect that everyone will like it, but I'll recommend this to every death metal/grind fan I know. Just make sure you have a decent set of headphones...



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JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 15th 2009


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

...And for my 4th review in 2 days... ...And for my 3rd review TODAY...

Dylan620
November 15th 2009


1015 Comments


Dude, you're doing great! Keep up the good work, dude - welcome to Sputnik.

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 15th 2009


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man, expect more death metal reviews for bands that nobody's heard of coming tommorrow... Cannibal Corpse - Kill review tommorrow...

Hawks
November 15th 2009


35824 Comments


Bands that nobody has heard of? Cannibal Corpse is one of the most well known death metal bands in the world.

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 15th 2009


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I know, I mean Cannibal Corpse is an exception. I'm MOSTLY gunna review bands like Frightmare, Disgorge etc. Did you like CC's KILL?

turnip90210
November 15th 2009


311 Comments


sure, nobody's heard of cannibal corpse :P quite an okay review, back from when slam wasnt as tightly wound and schematic as it is today...

Hawks
November 15th 2009


35824 Comments


I know, I mean Cannibal Corpse is an exception. I'm MOSTLY gunna review bands like Frightmare, Disgorge etc. Did you like CC's KILL?

Oh alright I got you. And yeah I really like Kill. Probably my second favorite Cannibal Corpse album.

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 15th 2009


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

First? I bought 'EATEN BACK TO LIFE' and that seemed really fuckin 80's DM...

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 15th 2009


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm runnin' out of albums that I should review!!! ARGH! Somebody give me a list please and I'll get round to it. Bands like Disgorge, Cannibal Corpse etc.

turnip90210
November 15th 2009


311 Comments


if you like cannibal corpse, check out the german underground (harmony dies etc). they play cannibal corpse better than cannibal corpse played cannibal corpse. if you want more slammage, check out the modern russian scene (katalepsy, abominable putridity etc.) - just slightly more "in your face" than their american contemporaries. if you want more genre-mashing stuff a la frightmare, check out blastanus.

you actually kinda inspired me to try and get together a review or two. ;)

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 15th 2009


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ah, inspired... I INSPIRED SOMEBODY!!! WOO! But seriously, thanks man. Appreciate it. I'm searchin' this up now... A THOUGHT OCCURED. Cannabis Corpse - Tube Of The Resinated Review

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 15th 2009


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll do Katalepsy's Musick Brings Injuries next. Thanks for that.

JohnnyGetYerKnife
November 15th 2009


157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Katalepsy review uploaded...

combustion07
November 15th 2009


5360 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review man.

InHumanForm
November 15th 2009


316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, though Consume The Forsaken is, and always will be Disgorge's masterpiece.

CoRpSeSlAyEr
November 15th 2009


855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Wow someone actually reviewed this? I remember putting this band on this site a couple years ago. This is prob my fav by them next to cranial impalement.
It sucks their bassist died a couple years back they havn't written or done anything since.

Anthracks
November 15th 2009


3744 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i think theyre getting back together and re-mixing cranial and she lay gutted (and hopefully new material during or after). plus some (or most) of the members are in obscured secretions and to violently vomit (which they play disgorge songs live i think). then of course there is sarcolytic, which is ricky's new band, who have an album due out early next year

Digging: Perfume Genius - Too Bright

CoRpSeSlAyEr
November 15th 2009


855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

No way! Thats awesome news

InHumanForm
November 15th 2009


316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i heard a track from sarcolytics new album off unique leader.com. It's pretty good though a lot different from this

Anthracks
November 16th 2009


3744 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

their ep was very disgorge-y



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