Intestine Baalism
An Anatomy of the Beast


4.0
excellent

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
January 12th, 2011 | 55 replies | 5,920 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For those who like more “death” in their melodeath

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Formed in the early nineties and coming out of Japan, Intestine Baalism’s formation preceded the entire Swedish death metal scene (and the subsequent watering down of the Gothenburg sound). Intestine Baalism’s debut album An Anatomy of the Beast was released in 1997 when Swedish death metal bands In Flames and Dark Tranquillity were at their peak.

Intestine Baalism’s sound may be melodic death metal, but it is really more death than melodic. Owing their sound to as much to early U.S. death metal bands as they do to Swedish melodeath bands, Intestine Baalism created a sound that is all their own. The biggest difference between Intestine Baalism and any of the Swedish death metal bands is the vocals which are much deeper and more guttural, somewhat reminiscent of Immolation’s Ross Dolan. In fact their sound more closely resembles U.S. death metal bands like Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, Incantation, Morbid Angel and Death as far as vocals and also in their musical technicality. There are some higher pitched “blackish” vocals that are very few and far between but they serve as a welcome change of pace for the monotonous death metal vocals.

Intestine Baalism employ multiple time changes, higher speeds for the more straight-forward death metal parts and they slow things down a bit for the more melodic elements, always seeming to find and adequate balance between both. There is even an acoustic track, ‘Burn Thou In Effigy’, that sets up the epic album closer ‘Tyrant’ which seems like an instrumental but after about three minutes the vocals finally come in. The thing about An Anatomy of the Beast is that while there is brutality and melody, the two elements don’t seem to blend together as seamlessly as the Swedish death metal bands do it; there seems to always be a clear separation of the melodic parts and the death metal parts.

Intestine Baalism blend brutal death metal with melody in a way not often heard. If you find Swedish death metal a step too light, or find traditional death metal too extreme, An Anatomy of the Beast strikes a good enough balance to please people on both sides of that line. With An Anatomy of the Beast, Intestine Baalism have created their own sound that’s not Swedish, not melodeath but melodic death.


Recommended tracks:
Anatomy of the Beast
Corporal Celebration
Tyrant



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somberlain
January 12th 2011



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band seems to get rec'd a lot on here yet there was no review for this album

FadeToBlack
January 12th 2011



10913 Comments


godammit why

JustJoe
January 12th 2011



1399 Comments


Somby, yes!

somberlain
January 12th 2011



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why what Fade?
sup Joe?

JustJoe
January 12th 2011



1399 Comments


Nothing much. Just, kinda, maybe posted my 4th review, sorta. Yeah.

=]

Willie
Moderator
January 12th 2011



15877 Comments


Based on their name I always just assumed that these guys were some sort of gore-grind. Good review.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

somberlain
January 12th 2011



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx Willie, I thought that too, awful name good band

Hawks
January 12th 2011



34450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review man. I still need to check some stuff out from this band.

Digging: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

FadeToBlack
January 12th 2011



10913 Comments


'Intestine Baalism' is a term for the Sumerian god of the harvest

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
January 12th 2011



15332 Comments


I can't believe you have been depriving us of your reviews for so long. Glad you are back man, pos'd even though this doesn't sound like my cup of tea

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

ffs
January 12th 2011



4819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good band fellas

somberlain
January 12th 2011



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thx Sowing
and this probably isn't your thing

ShadowRemains
January 12th 2011



20238 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great stuff, prefer Banquet and Instinct to this though

dr2den
January 12th 2011



1342 Comments


awesome

Raz0rGrind23
January 13th 2011



422 Comments


Awesome job on the review! Quick and to the point. Pos'd.

I have a few tunes from Banquet In The Darkness and they kill. Gonna dig this up...

somberlain
January 15th 2011



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this may not be their best album but it didn't have a review so...

Tyrant999
January 29th 2011



19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

iunno, this one's my favorite not by much but... goddamn it's some good shit... that breakdown in Energumenus is the sickest thing, EVER [the whole song is rather] however...

go check my thread in the music/guitar section, tabs!

Cannibal Sodom tab almost done, need help lol

somberlain
January 31st 2011



2121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea Tyrant, this is my fav by them but it's their lowest rated album on sputnik

Tyrant999
February 1st 2011



19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ah cheers man, I just think it's the most consistent in the death metal department with great melodic additions some of the riffs are just... amazing, so are they in the other albums... but yeah... such a shame, to me this is a classic haha, perfect execution IMO

Hawks
September 29th 2012



34450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not quite as good as the two albums that followed, but still rules hard.



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