Enmity
Illuminations of Vile Engorgement


1.0
awful

Review

by Trajan Paul Murphy USER (18 Reviews)
March 12th, 2014 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There should be a law...

When I first listened to Waking The Cadaver's debut album Perverse Recollections of a Necromangler, I thought I had found the lowest depths that heavy metal could sink to. The album featured extremely generic guitar work consisting of bland, uninspired chugging and one momentary riff, laughably off-time drumming with a trash can-like tone a la St. Anger, a vocalist who sounded like a frog gargling sandpaper, and possibly the worst lyrics in the history of death metal. Perverse Recollections... has acquired a reputation as one of the worst metal albums of all time. However, after listening to Illuminations of Vile Engorgement by Enmity, who, coincidentally, are label mates of Waking The Cadaver, I feel that only now have I listened to the worst, the bottom of the barrel, or whichever synonym you prefer.

Enmity is a brutal death metal/grindcore band from Tucson, Arizona, formed by brothers Rob and Chad Weber. They formed with the intention to create the most brutal music possible, as evidenced by the quote below. Unfortunately, while they may have wish to create the sickest music possible, they forgot that they were still trying to make music.

“We believe that death metal is all about extreme brutality, and is the sole reason for it's existence. Therefore the sicker the better.”

The vocals are likely what one would first notice upon listening, as they certainly fit the definition of "sick". While the term "pig squealing" has become known as the style that many deathcore vocalists use, Rob's vocals are near-indistinguishable from that of a pig's, and are about enjoyable as hearing a blender's activation button being pressed and released at random. At times, it is hard to imagine that any living creature could have made the noises heard throughout the album.

Musically, the band is no better. The drumming consists of monotonous blast beats and gravity blasts that never once waver. The snare also has a piercing St. Anger-esque tone, giving the album yet another similarity with Perverse Recollections..., as well as making the drums annoying as well as boring. The guitar work is incredibly lazy, with all songs consisting of what sounds like the same chord repeated ad nauseum from beginning to end. The effect this has on the listener is akin to the effect that writing lines on a chalkboard has on a disobedient child. The bass, unsurprisingly, is nonexistent, never once breaking out, or even contributing, to the sludge of sound. It's hardly hyperbole to say that every track sounds the same. While that saying has been used countless times as an exaggeration, this might be one of the few times that it is completely true.

While Enmity have accomplished their goal, and their devotion to making such ugly noise must be respected, they have still produced an album which could be retitiled How NOT to Make Music: 101. Illuminations of Vile Engorgement is such an unpleasant listening experience that it makes one consider proposing a law to mandate a consumer protection label on releases like this, or even ban them altogether.



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TPM731
March 12th 2014


239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

As always, any and all feedback is welcome.

IronGiant
March 12th 2014


897 Comments


i feel like small bands like this read these kind of site reviews and use them to judge the feedback and i can totally imagine them seeing this and just sitting there mouth agape like "what did we do wrong..." well written though have a pos

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2014


15031 Comments


"We believe that death metal is all about extreme brutality, and is the sole reason for it's existence. Therefore the sicker the better"

Oh my fucking god kill me now

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FrozenVain
March 12th 2014


2472 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Haha! This sounds just terrible. I must jam. Pos'd.

Toondude10
March 12th 2014


4327 Comments


A small problem:

Enmity is a brutal death metal/grindcore band from Tucson, Arizona, formed by brothers Rob
and Chad Weber. They formed with the intention to create the most brutal music possible. From an
interview:

“We believe that death metal is all about extreme brutality, and is the sole reason for it's
existence. Therefore the sicker the better.”

Unfortunately, while they may have wish to create the sickest music possible, they forgot that they
were still trying to make music.


I'd put the last part of this before the quote (reword it if you have to) and then merge it into one
paragraph.

Other than that it's a pretty decent review otherwise. Pos'd

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hogan900
Contributing Reviewer
March 12th 2014


1702 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Oh my gawd.

FearThyEvil
March 12th 2014


12694 Comments


Wow, that interview answer actually makes me angry.

TPM731
March 12th 2014


239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

It's people like this who are ruining extreme metal by turning it into a test to see how brutal one can be.

emester
March 12th 2014


4236 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

that interview....
"We believe that death metal is all about extreme brutality, and is the sole reason for its existence"
This guys a fucking moron

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emester
March 12th 2014


4236 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

also this album sucks ass

Valkyrion
March 12th 2014


2 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

lol this band/album

the people who defend this are actually funnier than the music itself

FrozenVain
March 12th 2014


2472 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

bunch of random shit on the album cover

yeh fuck this album it's dumb

Nocturnal
March 13th 2014


1329 Comments


Its not as bad as WTC, this has a few gnarly slams here and there.

PortalofPerfection
March 13th 2014


623 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Lol oh man. Sounds like the band got dumped out the back of a pick up
truck and are tumbling down a hill while attempting to play their
instruments.

There must be about 6½ million snare hits. Still not as bad as Cadaver
though.

FrozenVain
March 13th 2014


2472 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

The more slams the better

FrozenVain
March 13th 2014


2472 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Count the slams

Ayil
March 29th 2014


67 Comments


Slams are good :D

but the thing about 'brutality' is if you try too hard it just ends up being fucking hilarious

TPM731
March 29th 2014


239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

"but the thing about 'brutality' is if you try too hard it just ends up being fucking hilarious"

This is hilarious, until you realize that MULTIPLE people agreed that this atrocity was worth recording. Then you realize the depths that human intelligence can sink to.

Toondude10
March 29th 2014


4327 Comments


I realized that when Cards Against Humanity was created

(still, it's a fucking awesome game)

TPM731
April 4th 2014


239 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

To all who may have heard this because of this review, I would like to extend my greatest apologies.



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