Viscera (NED)
Carcinogenesis


4.5
superb

Review

by Matty CONTRIBUTOR (48 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2023 | 26 replies


Release Date: 03/03/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Watching the Silent World Go On

Epic supergroup Viscera is back straight from the Netherlands with one of the most heart-pounding, mesmerizing and ultimately brutal sophomore records in recent memory with ‘Carcinogenesis.’ Their debut record ‘Obsidian’ unleashed in the year of our lord 2020, was a masterclass in technicality, melody and sheer power and to say that they’ve returned with a superior product is unbelievable. The heightened sense of songwriting, the continual push of breakneck pacing, and the fat, thick neck-snapping breakdowns are just a few of the features that standout in this nine song, forty-minute death metal clinic.

In this modern age of death metal where the craziest vocal performances and most insane instrumental showcases are generally regarded as the standouts of the genre, i.e., Lorna Shore, Brand of Sacrifice, etc, it’s nice to witness a band that does have some of those elements but expounds upon it further delving into other heavy genre’s components and weaving them masterfully into an already intense listening experience. The presence of melodic guitar solos, melodic choruses with clean vocals, symphonic refrains and grindcore-influenced blast beat sections amongst other things, helps to create swells and steep dynamics throughout the track list allowing the listener to be surprised with the changeups and being unable to predict the movement and flow of the songs. With bands like Lorna and BoS, I often feel predictability and repetition stunt the effectiveness of their records because their schtick sort of becomes commonplace and more of an annoyance to the song rather than a legitimate tension builder or shock factor. Viscera is able to bypass these symptoms of heavy music with creative song structures, a variety of influences and a group of musicians and can combine their technical abilities to create songs that are still coherent and exciting without sacrificing those instrumental skills.

The opening track and third single “Carcinogenesis” establishes the progressive and technical nature of the record opting for high drama with symphonic elements, massive peaks and valleys instrumentally and utterly brutal breakdowns. “Layers of Skin” utilizes quick paced palm-muted riffs and frenetic drum patterns with various tempo switch-ups to ascertain a modern hardcore vibe with more technical flairs and additional attitude. Long released single “Sungazer” is a straight-up shredder with insane pace and a Soilwork-esque chorus that utilizes blast beats with Graham unbridling a massive melodic hook over the chaos. Deep cut “Demon Queen” borrows from the book of Chelsea Grin with deep-rooted chugged riffs that feel astronomic in potency coupled with crazy guitar leads, massive vocal hooks and a disastrously disgusting (in the best way possible) breakdown to top it all off. The array of stylings leaves this record void of filler, just a bunch of killer heaviness.

Jaime Graham as a vocalist is underrated to say the least. His range is comparable to some of the best this genre has the offer with seismic lows, stunning highs and a very versatile yelled/screamed clean style in his back pocket to complement the extreme nature of Viscera’s music. Graham will occasionally burst out a pig squeal or haunting guttural during those intense breakdowns and my god, the timbre of his delivery is so potent and earth-shattering, it really blows my mind that he isn’t the face of the scene with his vocal capacity.

Paying attention to the quality of lyrics in heavy music is sort of like watering a house plant that is engulfed in flames, it’s sort of pointless. I generally will read them as an afterthought just to see if there’s anything substantial and I can relay that Viscera don’t write bad lyrics, simply lyrics that don’t tread new ground but fit the vibe and fury of the music that they pertain to. Often ranging from stories related to mythology to violent imagery to dealing with pain and agony, Viscera explores the entire death metal poetic smorgasbord.

Overall, I’m confident in saying that Viscera have topped themselves with even better songs and more technically insane passages of music. Each track offers a bit of a unique identity while still connecting and allowing for cohesive transitions. This is one of those bands that I feel should have a spotlight on them because what they bring to the table is a cut above the rest and matches the energy, skill and execution that the top names in the scene bring. Hope y’all enjoy and check these guys out!

Top Tracks:
“Carcinogenesis”
“Layers of Skin”
“Demon Queen”
“On Earth as it is in Hell”
“Lex Talionis”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
mkmusic1995
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2023


945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Released today on Unique Leader Records, I've linked the visualizer for the title track. Hope you guys check these guys out!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vvizUc8AUo



pizzamachine
March 3rd 2023


19675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha crazy drummer. Definitely getting a Lorna Shore vibe. Good review.

artiswar
March 3rd 2023


11270 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've sort of fallen off the Jaime Graham train lately, is this really that good? 4.5 seems high. Will check later

mkmusic1995
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2023


945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This was probably my most anticipated heavy release for the first half of the year and it blew me away.

artiswar
March 3rd 2023


11270 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok I'm hyped

pizzamachine
March 3rd 2023


19675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Was aight

mkmusic1995
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2023


945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad you gave it a shot, Pizza! :D

pizzamachine
March 3rd 2023


19675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It looked pretty cool.

MalConstant
March 3rd 2023


233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tight heavy production with solid vocals. This will be great for the gym playlist.

Durrzo
March 4th 2023


2949 Comments


Was kinda excited for this but it's not doing much for me. Feels very samey all the way through, Jaime doesn't flex he range as much as I would like and his mids are kinda boring imo. It's solid for sure but I feel like there's no spice to make it memorable.

pizzamachine
March 4th 2023


19675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Exactly ^

Manatea
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2023


1067 Comments


Love the write-up Matty! Currently mid getting through this one.

NoHellsNoHeavens
March 4th 2023


264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is a banger but just falls short of Obsidian

NonApplicable
March 4th 2023


2996 Comments


None of the singles caught me as particularly strong. Hoping this grows on me with repeated plays because I love Obsidian.

ProphetNimd
March 4th 2023


100 Comments


Damn this is pretty tasty so far. On song 3 now.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
March 5th 2023


17744 Comments


Cool, something else to listen to this week.

Durrzo
March 5th 2023


2949 Comments


Can't get into this one. Just kinda bland, not a single moment that really grabbed my attention. Spun it a few more times to see if it would grow on me but tbh I don't see myself touching it again.

artiswar
March 5th 2023


11270 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty good but my only complaint is Jamie Grahm, on that first Heart Of A Coward album and the older Sylosis stuff, he actually had certain vocal melodies that legit almost brought a tear to my eye and gave me chills, and there is nothing like that here. Still, this was better than expected. Demon Queen and Omnipotence are serious bangers

metalphil
March 6th 2023


336 Comments


Oh shit, didn't realize this was releasing already. Going to give it a listen now

metalphil
March 6th 2023


336 Comments


Certified banger.

Also I remember I didn't like Sungazer at all when it first dropped awhile ago but it really clicked now for some reason.



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