Deteriorate
Rotting In Hell


4.0
excellent

Review

by vanderb0b USER (63 Reviews)
May 14th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The soundtrack to every murder, act of cannibalism, and violent death.

Every musician has a goal that they try to accomplish through their music. Some bands are supposed to make you think. Their music is complex and meticulously planned, and their lyrics are insightful and poignant. Other bands just want to write the soundtrack to every brutal murder, act of cannibalism, and gruesome death ever. The underground death metal band, Deteriorate, falls into the latter category.

Rotting In Hell was released in 1993, when bands such as Atheist, Death, and Cynic began to become more and more progressive. They eschewed the traditional lyrical themes of violence and death, and they began to utilize melody, which was very rare in the genre. Deteriorate made no such efforts to inject death metal with progressiveness, and instead made one of the heaviest albums ever recorded. Every moment in between the cacophony of strings, pained screams, and ambient noise that begins the album and the discordant pizzicato violins that end it is filled with crushing riffs, pounding drumming, and harsh, unearthly screams of anger.

The most unconventional aspect of Rotting In Hell is the vocals. Usually, a raspy vocal style is used, somewhat reminiscent of the style used on Nocturnus’ The Key, but more corrosive and biting. However, the singer also frequently utilizes a more traditional, low death metal growl to add variety to the music.

Rotting In Hell is also a very refreshing album. Many contemporary death metal bands, such as Waking the Cadaver, trade catchiness for heaviness, resulting in a muddled mess of bland and uninspired riffs coupled with laughably pathetic vocals that frequently imitate a dying sow. Deteriorate reminds the listener that the same heaviness can be achieved without sacrificing songwriting and adding in thousands of unnecessary breakdowns and chugs. Instead, the brutality of Deteriorate’s music stems from the intensity of the performance and the skillfulness of the writing. The listener feels all of the anger, horror, and bloodlust that the music is supposed to convey due to the energy of the musicians and the quality of the expertly-written riffs.

Critics of the genre could say that this is a rather formulaic and uninventive death metal album. True, the album does not tread new ground and is not original in the least. However, it doesn’t try to be a musical revelation. It tries to be a quick burst of grisly, bloody, and uncontrollable heaviness, and this it does without fail. Those looking for some grotesque and ghastly fun will not be disappointed in the least.



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vanderb0b
May 14th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short review, but I don't think that this album needs much writing to be adequately described.

Parallels
May 14th 2010


8858 Comments


n'oh my gawd.
good review pos'd

theartofdoom
May 14th 2010


254 Comments


sounds incredible awesome, and great review man pos'd

combustion07
May 15th 2010


6495 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album rules!

PoodleRapist
May 15th 2010


268 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wow, what a pleasant surprise to see a review of this album!



i do like it, but it's also a good example of obscure bands that i like while also being able to understand WHY they're obscure. they weren't the most talented, original, or even interesting death metal band, and this album just had enough compelling moments to make it worth listening to once in a while. still, good review! pos'd

vanderb0b
May 15th 2010


3473 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, everyone.



@PoodleRapist

I definitely see your point, and I agree with you to an extent. But, for some reason, I seem to enjoy this album more than almost any other straight-up death metal release.

Valerius
November 29th 2011


1137 Comments


great album. vocals own. everything else is good, too.

Eons
November 29th 2011


2223 Comments


Lame album.

Valerius
November 29th 2011


1137 Comments


nope. almost relentless from start to finish. some of the vocals are hilarious, too. the ending of Asphyxiation Cremation is LOL.

ValeriusTheImmortal
January 5th 2012


1237 Comments


how many times has the riff from A Thousand Years of Anguish been stolen?

ValeriusTheImmortal
January 5th 2012


1237 Comments


let's see we got cannibal corpse - the bleeding at 20 seconds into it

then we got funebrarum - cursed eternity starting at 2:05

i'm sure there's more. hell, these guys might have even ripped this godly riff off someone else

Sevengill
May 13th 2015


9173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album riffs hard. apparently they wrote it when they were like 16.

Sevengill
May 13th 2015


9173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I was waffling between 3.5 and 4 but I'm in a 4 mood tonight.

Sevengill
May 13th 2015


9173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

...yeah, I love that label. shifty eyes It was...totally better than JL europe.

brainmelter
July 25th 2016


6356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool

Digging: Vothana - B?n Tuyn Ngn -Demo V

AdolfChrist
November 5th 2016


20936 Comments


that album cover is fucking terrifying m/

Digging: Deus Mortem - Kosmocide

worthlessscab
November 5th 2016


1211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

90s computer graphics terrifying

AdolfChrist
November 5th 2016


20936 Comments


it only adds to the charm. wish the kick drums didnt sound like absolute shit but otherwise this is pretty awesome.

AnimalsAsSummit
November 23rd 2016


3895 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

underrated. this masterpiece goes beyond convention and doesn't give a flying f*ck

FearTheAggression
March 1st 2017


260 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

AnimalsAsSummit, muhhhh man knows what's up! I agree that this album is a classic. I have yet to find an album as unique as this one. The vocals are just awesome. He truly sounds like a tortured soul released from hell just for the purpose of recording this album. The production is dirty yet perfectly audible. The guitar solos are eerie, drums are pummeling....The only track on here that is lacking (in my opinion, of course) is the title track. Every other song I could listen to all day.



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