Monstrosity
Imperial Doom


4.0
excellent

Review

by Hawks USER (71 Reviews)
January 27th, 2012 | 54 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Caution users AfterTheBreakdown, Pharoh, etc.: This is what real tech death sounds like, therefore, you'll probably hate it because you suck just as hard as The Faceless.

I'm sure everyone in the metal world, or at least the death metal world, knows that George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher is the lead vocalist in one of the most famous death metal bands of all-time, Cannibal Corpse. What some people may not know is that prior to joining Cannibal Corpse in 1995, Corpsegrinder was the vocalist in a band that he formed in 1990 called Monstrosity. This band takes a little bit of a different approach than Cannibal Corpse, opting to play a more technical style of death metal instead of the brutal style. It could even be said that Monstrosity was one of the first bands to play the actual technical death metal style and this is their first album, Imperial Doom.

First off, tech death was a whole lot different back in these times than it is today. Today you just have a bunch of bands like The Faceless playing pointless wankery and trying to be the fastest, most technically proficient band in the history of music and to be honest, it's awful. That's not what you get here. Monstrosity don't play sloppily and they know what they're trying to do. While, obviously, some of the riffs, solos, and drumming are way faster and more advanced than some other death metal bands around at this time, Monstrosity pieced them all together with good songwriting, not just throwing a bunch of random riffs together and recording them. In essence, Imperial Doom still sounds like exactly what it is, an old-school death metal album that was ahead of it's time and helped develop the technical death metal scene and pave the way for all of the bands today, as horrible as a lot of them may be. As for the vocals by Corpsegrinder, they're a little less intense as they are nowadays, considering he was just starting out and trying to find his style. They're not really as guttural and are a little bit more of a shout/growl mixture. Either way, they sound good, so that's all that really matters.

Basically, if you're a fan of the early (REAL) technical death metal bands such as Cryptopsy, Suffocation, Gorguts, Demilich, and others of that nature, then chances are you'll really like Monstrosity. Don't let the term "tech death" scare you off because of all the ***ty bands that take that genre tag today. Believe me, I'm sure Monstrosity are just as ashamed of them as we all are.



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Hawks
January 27th 2012


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Two shitty Hawks reviews in two days. This needed a review so I figured why not.

This one is for KILL.

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seedofnothing
January 27th 2012


3425 Comments


Sweet, I've got this on my I-Pod right now. I'll be listening to it while I read your review.

Hawks
January 27th 2012


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You'll definitely enjoy this Seed.

fulgrim
January 27th 2012


1542 Comments


lol at the summary, nice album too.

Hawks
January 27th 2012


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hahaha I thought it was appropriate.

KILL
January 27th 2012


71750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

damn that was fast hawks, sweet review bro album rules, someone needs to review millennium now

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Hawks
January 27th 2012


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck yeah dude glad you like it.

Nikkolae
January 27th 2012


4847 Comments


this is sweet and summary brought the lulz

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Hawks
January 27th 2012


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's what I was hoping for haha.

Hawks
January 27th 2012


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Much appreciated sir. :]

pizzamachine
January 27th 2012


12571 Comments


Tech death in the morning. m/ Good review.

bloc
January 27th 2012


34848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Riffs

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Hawks
January 27th 2012


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks a lot Pizza. m/

MO
January 27th 2012


18646 Comments


good shit, hawks coming back in decent form

Hawks
January 27th 2012


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks buddy. :]

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 27th 2012


20645 Comments


Read summary and pos'd.

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Shuyin
January 27th 2012


11602 Comments


lol at summary

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Hawks
January 27th 2012


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love it.

ValeriusTheImmortal
January 27th 2012


1237 Comments


good album

CaptainDooRight
January 27th 2012


29130 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah it is




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