Defeated Sanity
The Sanguinary Impetus


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (343 Reviews)
July 29th, 2020 | 130 replies


Release Date: 07/24/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A worthwhile addition to any death metal library.

Amongst most die-hard death metal acts, the likes of Defeated Sanity aren't exactly an unknown figure within extreme metal. Since the mid-nineties the Germany based group have been churning out some of the genre’s gnarliest compositions that touched on some of the genre’s more prevalent sonic landscapes. Largely their sound bridged the gaps between a looser Cryptopsy, took the bite of a typical Suffocation record and added the flair borne from the depths of the Defeated Sanity aural beast. It’s this formula that would eventually crescendo in the form of their 2016 release, Disposal Of The Dead // Dharmata, providing the group with the deserved accolades of a career on an upward trajectory. The group’s newest effort however, moves on from the “split album with themselves” recipe of their latest album and instead moves Defeated Sanity back into the realms of conventional (for lack of a better term regarding the direct flair) albums once more.

That’s not to undersell The Sanguinary Impetus short of achieving the same levels of praise found by the group’s 2016 effort. In comparison, it’s a different entity. Where Disposal Of The Dead // Dharmata brought two faces of the same act to the forefront, separating them with ease and precision, the likes of The Sanguinary Impetus can be likened to falling out of freight train. No matter how much you gauge the speed, direction or landing spot the impact itself is brutal, unrelenting and unforgiving. A train jumper may escape with a few scratches, or not escape at all - but that’s the risk a person would take upon themselves. Such is the build into “Phytodigestion” as a snare cuts through the silence before Gruber’s blasting couples with tormenting guitar melodies. The opening track itself identifies well within the modern Defeated Sanity brand; tactile, intricate levels of technicality flow naturally from the speaker. The album’s natural tumble combines ferocious hits of death metal stereotypes done well. “Entity Dissolving Entity” continues the furor with the typical Defeated Sanity fluidity. The guitars crunch their way through Welshman’s unforgiving growled phrasings. Despite the near constant brutality of the album’s music, Welshman’s vocals amass themselves at the top of the mix without taking the shine away from the primal ferocity which is The Sanguinary Impetus’s larger vision.

The album’s second half, much like the first, continues in waves of ferocity. “Arboreously Transfixed” relaxes the album’s tempo in places, but doesn’t let up in terms of the record’s overall brutality. There’s room to breathe here, between the growls and abyss wrenching riffs. It’s not something listeners will greet expectantly, or appreciate in a casual listen - but it’s there nonetheless, wrapped up in minute levels of detail.

At a first listen, The Sanguinary Impetus is somewhat a one dimensional affair, mostly given to its ability to take most death metal stereotypes and slam them till the nth degree. Those with a keener ear however get to enjoy the immensity disguised as technical simplicity. Still there’s nuance here, distinguished by the group’s ability to build on musical ideas and package them in a superb production. For it almost goes without saying that the mastering work of Colin Marston has lifted The Sanguinary Impetus’s blistering soundscapes to new levels. Hyperbole? Definitely not in this context. Defeated Sanity have encapsulated and moved away from the prestige of their 2016 release by returning to a fundamental album release. They haven’t forgotten the flair, or the technicality but they have returned to a level of straightforwardness (if you could call it that) within their own brand of brutally focused, slamming death metal. After multiple excursions, The Sanguinary Impetus is a testament to a band hitting their stride. Not because they’ve found some innovative means to showcase their older tendencies, but because their ‘showcase’ is done well across the board. The Sanguinary Impetus could be the extreme album of the year, living rent free in a world of death metal.




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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 29th 2020


12771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Consider this a place holder till Jac pulls his finger out. Also, Notrap halfway expected that I'd have this done by now.

R4zor3dge
July 29th 2020


1111 Comments


Nice to see this has a review. That jumping out of a freight train analogy was nice. Been anticipating this since Propelled Into Sacrilege was released as a single.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 29th 2020


12771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Razor dude. I'm a little rusty and distracted as of late so this was nice to put up

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
July 29th 2020


14615 Comments


Great work Nocte.
I was finding it rather odd that you or Jack hadn't picked this up yet. I've never been a big fan of the band, but I'll give it a spin.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 29th 2020


12771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm basically done guessing what album Jac is working on unless he comes knocking for "how to promo" all I know is I love it when he does take the time to get work done.



This is actually a good entry level album, the 2016 is your next best effort.

parksungjoon
July 29th 2020


21558 Comments


about time this got a writeup

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 29th 2020


12771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes indeed sir.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 29th 2020


4199 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was hum-and-hawing about whether to review this but as you called it "slam" I must correct this most unforgivable of errors

Elynna
July 29th 2020


517 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Propelled Into Sacrilege and Drivelling Putrefaction are bangers



Mindpos'd

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MotokoKusanagi
July 29th 2020


3234 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hell ya can't wait to listen to this today m/

Deathconscious
July 29th 2020


25093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This goes so. Fuggin. Ahrd.



Check my dig, BDM fans.

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canczar
July 29th 2020


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Best DS record out...

dbizzles
July 29th 2020


14219 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review. This is everything I wanted it to be; relentlessly brutal, techy without wank, masterful... mastering (lol) and a perfect runtime, too. I think the 2:00 mark on in Propelled to Sacrilege is still my favorite part but, man, the last two tracks are probably my favorite overall.



These guys are on another level.

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Space Jester
July 29th 2020


8849 Comments


I’d be jamming the shit out of this right now if it hadn’t leaked two months ago

Albums is pretty much perfect, leave it to DS to knock it out of the park every single time

bloodshy
July 29th 2020


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Nice review. Helps me understand what people are liking about it.

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Gallantin
July 29th 2020


1903 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I answered this with my soundoff already, it's because you like shit music

Deathconscious
July 29th 2020


25093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you called it "slam" I must correct this most unforgivable of errors [2]



Uhh yeah, this isnt slam. REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

bloodshy
July 29th 2020


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for browsing my profile and highlighting my 5's Gallantin. I checked your favorite album as well. It was a blast.

Deathconscious
July 29th 2020


25093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Snox mad as fuck.

brainmelter
July 29th 2020


7111 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

THANk god, i was in the middle of a write up and having troubles doing this darling justice ha

this isn’t slam[3]



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