Mutiilation
Remains Of A Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul


5.0
classic

Review

by Passname USER (9 Reviews)
February 8th, 2013 | 22 replies | 1,983 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Suffering and Depression in Audible Form

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

You are in the ICU room of a hospital. Your closest family member is lying in bed hooked up to the respirator and IV that is keeping them alive after they overdosed on heroin. The moaning, the screaming, the moaning. Someone make it stop. You are powerless. You stare at your loved one, seeing them in a corpselike state. Pale, skinny, sickly, closer to death then they'll ever be.

These are the images conjured in my head during the opening song of Remains of A Ruined, Dead, Cursed Soul. The mastermind behind Mutiilation Meyhna’ch was rumored to have his own problems with opiates, which I think is interesting to note going into this.

The solo in Suffer the Gestalt is absolutely twisted and hideous. It is a good precursor to the listener that you are going to hear a sadistic, sloppy, and despairing conglomeration of an album. Throw out all of your DBSM records because this is the definitive one. Mutiilation doesn't need attention grabbing band names, song titles or lyrics to prove anything to you. No, this is self-harm, suffering and depression in audible form. There are no happy sounding tremelo picked riffs here that could be mistaken for metalcore like in the modern ‘dbsm’ I’ve heard.

Possessed and Immortal begins with one of the saddest riffs ever recorded. Akin to the first 5 songs on the album it features the trademark RRDCS sound. Frantic drums, dramatic dissonant riffs, and the finest tortured screams this side of Burzum.

There is a moment of hope here found in the song Through the Funeral Maelstrom. An acoustic break appears like a dream tinged with nostalgia and melancholy. Maybe it’s a flashback to childhood, when the world seemed like a better place. Maybe it’s the brief feeling of happiness when one finally gets their dope fix. It lasts only a few seconds before it is washed away by a astonishingly inhuman roar from Meyhna’ch amongst a sea of pummeling percussion and haunting tremolos.

If you don't 'get' this album or think it’s a classic, come back at another time. Come back when you've given up. Come back when you can't get out of bed because you hate being alive. When darkness seems to be your only salvation, come back and listen. Actually, don't bother. Therapeutic is the last word I'd use to describe this. Hell, I hope I never listen to this album again.



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PortalofPerfection
February 7th 2013



332 Comments


Fantastic review man. The community seems to disagree with you, but everyone's got some albums that just hit them. The last paragraph is the best, and is exactly how I would describe my feelings about Evoken's Antithesis of Light, so I know how you feel.

Passname
February 7th 2013



301 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man. Antithesis of Light is a solid album for sure though I can't say it gives me that vibe.

GiaNXGX
February 7th 2013



4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Beautiful review, I think this is one of my favorite (if not my favorite) black metal albums of all time. The production is just perfect even for raw aesthetic standards and without it this album would've been somethin' else, ll100%. Ironically that is also most people's main criticism when reviewing Mutiilation, and I differ with a passion. Pos'd, very happy to see a positive Remains.. review, will ask for a flag on the meds thread.

Passname
February 7th 2013



301 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yep I couldn't live with this album having a single shitty review on this site.

Hawks
February 7th 2013



34293 Comments


I've only heard one album by this band, but I love it. Should probably check this out.

Digging: Mayhem - Esoteric Warfare

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 7th 2013



6923 Comments


I think i might have to get this discog.

Passname
February 7th 2013



301 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Vampires of Black Imperial Blood is pretty good as well.

GiaNXGX
February 7th 2013



4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^^^^^

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 7th 2013



18005 Comments


french bm has the best vox

Digging: Autechre - Draft 7.30

eternium
February 7th 2013



16304 Comments


Vampires is pretty amazing.

idkpokeit
March 2nd 2013



421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This gets way too much negativity from some people. Might 4 it.

XGX
April 1st 2013



162 Comments


best album ever might even 5

demigod!
April 1st 2013



43809 Comments


been meaning to check this for aaaages, that album art is so fucking sick.

Digging: Black Flag - My War

XGX
April 1st 2013



162 Comments


turn off your lights and worship the dead moon

http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/remains-of-a-ruined-dead-cursed-soul/4580514

5'd, best album ever.

demigod!
April 1st 2013



43809 Comments


bookmark'd, will check tomorrowz

XGX
April 1st 2013



162 Comments


sweeeet, bump this thread whenever you're done listenin' dude

XGX
April 1st 2013



162 Comments


Bumpin

demigod!
April 1st 2013



43809 Comments


i just need to wait for it to get darker then im gonna let the satanic filthy undeath wash over me

idkpokeit
April 2nd 2013



421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Those vocals on Suffer the Gestalt are so good.

XGX
April 2nd 2013



162 Comments


they are



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