Cerebral Rot
Excretion Of Mortality


4.0
excellent

Review

by Papa Gnocchi STAFF
June 22nd, 2021 | 205 replies


Release Date: 06/25/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ...just writhe along

At the top of the year I set myself a goal to exclusively review a plethora of black metal albums. Little did I know that was not what the universe had planned for me. Hell, if the world of good intentions was personified as a sadist, those intentions in 2021 had other ideas. Let me explain: as we creep closer to the year’s halfway mark—(seriously, where did the last 6 months go?)—I’ve reviewed (give or take) twenty-eight pieces of music this year. Of those thirty-ish albums, only seven of them are considerably black in their metal niche. My point? Good music doesn’t give a fuck for my reviewing preferences.

Neither does Cerebral Rot.

I mean why should they? It’s not like this Washington based death metal tour de force released their sophomore, Excretion Of Mortality with the press in mind. Nor should any act be sitting, pen in hand, thinking about how some faceless figure behind a screen will take their latest effort...or that a particular reviewer stupidly decided (and wrongly too might I add) to review an all too specific genre of music. That aside I do find myself, once again, reaching into the depths of death metal, my member gladly covered in gore when it resurfaces. For Excretion Of Mortality picks up roughly where the debut left off, as if Odious Descent Into Decay was some sort of morbidly laced death/doom warm up. Let that sink in for a second. The gore driven, Odious Descent Into Decay was leading into this, a given for a debut, a tease on the minds for those who can’t help but love this stench driven, old-school infused slab of death metal. A teaser on the tips of those already stimulated enough to cream their pies without running up an excessive data bill. Yet, Cerebral Rot’s debut was only a gateway into the absolute filth the band would have to offer moving forward and in looking back at the band’s debut makes this year’s, Excretion Of Mortality more impressive.

High praise for some seriously cavernous death metal—but let me dive a little deeper into Excretion Of Mortality’s larger than depth makeup before we get totally lost in superfluous hyperbole. It could be said that in starting Cerebral Rot’s latest jaunt with the title track could be taken as a statement of sorts, but the sophomore's success doesn’t see a need in beating around the bush. The wiry, descending riffs that introduce the belch and bombast of Cerebral Rot’s gore-driven initiations. “Excretion Of Mortality” is a frenzied take on an old-school death metal aesthetic and doom-drenched riffs. Those riffs (courtesy of guitarists Clyle Lindstrom and Ian Schwab) provide gut-wrenching churn, even as they crawl through the distortion as if covered by molasses. By the time the thick patter of double bass and anvil snare strikes shoot through the groove, the band’s unmistakable romp sets the tone for what is to come. “Vile Yolk of Contagion” continues the march deeper into the chasm, spewing violence and bile down a bridge of demonic and ghastly growls. Where Odious...’s makeup was one of “pacing done right”, the band’s follow-up is noticeably tighter, reinforcing the intensity, while maintaining the dirge-like death march in its mid tempo form. In many ways, “Vile Yolk of Contagion” stabs at the compositional board, Carcass-like riffs dance and cut around the track’s frame, surgical precision on a rotting cadaver.

Even as Excretion Of Mortality reaches its latter half, Cerebral Rot keeps a foot pressed firmly into the pedal. “Drowned in Malodor” and “Retching Innards” are a sauntering one-two punch that keeps the mirth and mirk of Cerebral Rot’s slab lurching forwards. The chime of the ride cymbal rings happily, a contrast to the filth and devastation so eagerly on show. The real highlight of Excretion Of Mortality however, comes in the form of “Crowning the Disgustulent (Breed of Repugnance)”. At eleven minutes, the closer isn’t at all the bash n’ slash take at old school death the rest of the record [easily] caters to. Instead, this breed of repugnance is a fully-fledged compositional masterstroke given ample room to breathe in the decay, exhaling virulent shifts across metal’s wider niches. Samples of sludge, post and doom metal all interplay with Schwab’s danker gutturals while offering an absolute masterclass on Cerebral Rot’s core auditory grossness.

Even with all this in mind, Excretion Of Mortality’s ghastly design is far from a chore to listen to. Sure, some areas of Cerebral Rot’s sound runs too familiar in the world of deathened old school, but for what it’s worth, the genre itself continues to raise a finger at the masses who predetermine they “liked something else on principle”. Personally, I may have thought 2021 would be the year of high profile black metal releases, while Cerebral Rot (among others) have already proved me wrong. Either way, a brief forty-eight minute run time flies by and some of the dankest, cavern-bred death metal has been released just in time for all these faceless journalists to announce their mid-year reports. Yeah, Excretion Of Mortality has probably earned a spot.




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Nocte
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2021


14573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So 20 Buck Spin continue to know no suck: Excretion Of Mortality releases this 25th with a whole bunch of other awesome releases.



https://listen.20buckspin.com/album/excretion-of-mortality

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2021


16387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Here it is. Probably your most cerebral review to date. Great jam.

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Slex
June 22nd 2021


11857 Comments


Big brain moment

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Egarran
June 22nd 2021


23766 Comments


Ooh this sounds good.

I luuurve your reviews.

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Em1994
June 22nd 2021


76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Odious decent into decay is one of my favorite Dm releases from past couple years. I'm sure this one will be great as well. Excited

sonictheplumber
June 22nd 2021


13002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

solid fun

sonictheplumber
June 22nd 2021


13002 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

prolly more like a 3 but im digging it, nothing new but i dig it more than the 1st album

Azog
June 22nd 2021


544 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I liked their debut much better.

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normaloctagon
June 22nd 2021


6115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"(Not) Hugh Puddles"



where's the proof







nice rev gonna writhe along to this soon love all their other stuff

Hawks
June 22nd 2021


75356 Comments


Gotta jam.

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DivergentThinking
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2021


10798 Comments


Awesome review. Just one correction in the first sentence:

"exclusively review a platitude of black metal albums"

Platitude should probably be switched to "plethora". Platitude is used to describe an overused remark or statement.

Haven't listened to too much new extreme metal this year, but I'll check this out. I'm always down for something that updates the old-school stuff in an interesting way



Gyromania
June 23rd 2021


32580 Comments


Awful artwork

combustion07
June 23rd 2021


8743 Comments


The singles were pretty cool IMO. Gonna give this one a go back to back with the new Dead and Dripping I've been hearing about

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2021


14573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

--Just one correction in the first sentence:--



Been offline for most of the day and have just come back to this. I really like this fix up/suggestion. Appreciate it muchly DT.

Egarran
June 23rd 2021


23766 Comments


If I was a bm hater, I would definitely accept that a group of bm records is called a platitude

Nocte
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2021


14573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm sure there's some way to stretch that context into working haha.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2021


16387 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Full YouTube stream:

http://youtu.be/XYr-fW1JPRg

Em1994
June 23rd 2021


76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

As good as odious so far. Band rules.

bloc
June 23rd 2021


66295 Comments


Never gave these guys a shot. Might check the previous album out first before proceeding.

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FabiusPictor202
June 23rd 2021


1395 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice dm fun



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