Pissgrave
Suicide Euphoria


2.0
poor

Review

by Xenophanes STAFF
August 17th, 2015 | 126 replies


Release Date: 08/07/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album by a band who studied more Cannibal Corpse t-shirt designs than actual music.

I was going to refrain from talking about Pissgrave’s name and Suicide Euphoria’s album cover. Both talking points are a little obvious and seek to merely offer an easy segue into the band’s “brutal” sound. However, if I were not to bring up either, there wouldn’t be a whole lot left to discuss.

Pissgrave are their name. Suicide Euphoria is its album art. The imagery is the music and appalling nature are the band. A gory and shocking picture of putrefaction are all that defines this raw death metal band. Were one to strip away all of this what would be left is an embarrassingly pale and juvenile attempt at contrived heaviness. Pissgrave are the semioticians by way of the worst of the Saw franchise. They are youth who spent more time studying Cannibal Corpse t-shirt designs than the actual constructs of death metal.

Suicide Euphoria is a garage death metal band playing aimlessly and bored; an amateur attempt that scratches the outer most surface of the genre while only capturing the aesthetic. Chopped and screwed it’s haggardly pieced together with an ear achingly on-the-nose production. It’s a shame that the songs themselves are so hammered together because Pissgrave offer up some cool ideas. Occasionally the album comes across as a metal album with the heart of 90s hardcore, with the vocal meshing standing out as exceptionally interesting. Underneath this is always something distractedly banal. The riffs are dead in the water and flat nature of each song feels like an outline rather than a full picture.

Pissgrave are an annoyance of the highest caliber. Death metal in name only, Suicide Euphoria isn’t an emblem of genre purity, nor is it a brave new direction. Its forced brutality and rawness, all a façade to cover up a lack of ingenuity. The album will appeal to those who are easy to fool as it’s custome built for listeners who revel in a trash heap in which obscenity and perversion are unaware of the phrase “tongue in cheek.” Likewise, the album is perfect for genre tourists; listeners who come to be shocked by metal’s deepest and grimiest parts. Regardless, Pissgrave aren’t for everyone. Frankly, the band aren’t much for anyone. Even as a novelty.



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IcelandRevel
August 17th 2015


906 Comments


"The riffs are dead in the water" I hope that was a reference to the album art. Heheh.

Anyway, this is a great review, and it showed me a new way to look at this album. Good work!

emester
August 17th 2015


8249 Comments


This barely is a 3 in my book. Its just filth without any interesting characteristics. Just sounds very basic and forced as you said. It has some alright ideas every now and then, but their few and far between.

jtswope
August 17th 2015


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

At least I'm not the only negative score anymore. I like how "filthy" this tries to sound, but the songwriting is pretty boring.

IcelandRevel
August 17th 2015


906 Comments


I do think this album is using the 'eww, gross' factor to cover up their sound, or rather, their lack of sound. There really isn't a lot here.

emester
August 17th 2015


8249 Comments


Never stated the quantity of filth but w/e. What it all comes down to is that its a pretty lackluster record

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2015


10402 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

he disagrees with anthony fantano, the world's busiest music nerd



WHAT A BADASS

IcelandRevel
August 17th 2015


906 Comments


"Never judge an album by the liquefied human remains on its cover." ~Anthony Fantano

Gyromania
August 17th 2015


25923 Comments


that album cover is horrendous

deathschool
August 17th 2015


22905 Comments


Been meaning to check this

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2015


1481 Comments

Album Rating: 2.2 | Sound Off

Had this just had a plain cover and the band had a normal name, would anyone be using adjectives like "filthy" or "grotesque." I really feel as if it's the power of suggestion.

Digging: Daughters - You Won't Get What You Want

deathschool
August 17th 2015


22905 Comments


I want to believe this is filthy though. : (

jtswope
August 17th 2015


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The production sounds like explosive diarrhea so it's possible yeah.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2015


6676 Comments


great points in this review.

deathschool
August 17th 2015


22905 Comments


God, all this anti hype! How will I ever stay objective my first listen??

emester
August 17th 2015


8249 Comments


I guess the art amplifies the (albeit failed) vileness.

jtswope
August 17th 2015


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I honestly thought everyone else was loving this, so you might too.

deathschool
August 17th 2015


22905 Comments


Good review.

"custome built" in the last paragraph

Totengott
August 17th 2015


4218 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Terrible album, between 1.5 and 2 for me. Great review, I completely agree with the points.

Digging: Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

Gyromania
August 17th 2015


25923 Comments


"Had this just had a plain cover and the band had a normal name, would anyone be using adjectives like "filthy" or "grotesque." I really feel as if it's the power of suggestion."

i'm going to just assume this is a good point since i've never heard this and, having read the review, have no intention of listening to it lol

FLCL
August 17th 2015


66 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

What exactly is the album cover



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