Vitriol (USA)
Suffer & Become


4.5
superb

Review

by Jalapeno CONTRIBUTOR (29 Reviews)
February 12th, 2024 | 103 replies


Release Date: 01/26/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Omnipresent oppression.

Vitriol has had four and half years to produce a follow-up to the cacophonous monolith To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice. Evidently, the band has used this time wisely and are back with an updated lineup, and a notable upgrade in sound. While their debut showcased some of the most punishingly frenetic death metal ever put to wax, Suffer & Become shows a fraction more restraint, with the Portland-based quartet paying more attention to compositional and structural diversity. That said, it should be stressed that this is no walk in the park - Suffer & Become is still so utterly bewildering in its complexity and so overbearingly intense that a casual attempt at listening will most likely end swiftly, even for death metal enthusiasts. This is best reserved for the most masochistic of listeners willing to suffer and become at one with torture, ultimately reaping the tumultuous rewards of giving this monster their full and undivided attention.

Suffer & Become is distinguishable from its predecessor through a few slight augmentations to their richly textured tech death which, when combined, yield delightfully successful results. Although its compositional base still lands you in the same hurricane of incomprehensibly intense drumming and discordant riffs, the use of melody is key in giving the album a platform of its own. After opener “Shame and its Afterbirth” has beaten you to a pulp, virtuosic guitar leads machete their way through the carnage to temporarily save your soul in majestic fashion. “The Isolating Lie of Learning Another” also shines in this respect with a brief yet triumphant solo, soaring joyously above the chaos. A greater variance in tempo also pays dividends with the slower, lumbering groove of “The Flowers of Sadism” and “I am Every Enemy” helping to break up the incessant rapid-fire drumming. “Survival’s Careening Inertia” provides arguably the starkest contrast on the album with clean guitar dominating the first few minutes, serving as a short intermission. The track gradually builds in intensity before morphing into monstrously dark and atmospheric epic outro, rich in swirling overdriven leads and ominous synths. From this point on, the album is consistently at its most brutal, tormenting you with a tirade of chaotic riffs, near constant double bass peddling and snarling interplay between equally ferocious vocalists, one in the death camp and one with a spine-chilling black metal shriek.

Despite all this talk of diversification, one thing is certain: no matter what respite you are granted, Vitriol will slam you straight back down into the depths of hell almost immediately. Suffer & Become is so suffocating and oppressive that after several listens, you still won’t have made much progress with unpacking its contents. Perseverance will reward and those with enough patience will enjoy an astounding sophomore that displays a supreme level of technical skill and an insatiable thirst for pushing the limits of death metal. If it were to push any further, Vitriol may collapse under the weight of its own genius.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DDDeftoneDDD
February 12th 2024


21983 Comments


Hi.
First.
Need to listen.

Hawks
February 12th 2024


84592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

M//////

zaruyache
February 13th 2024


27208 Comments


you and dedes have to fight each other to the death now i hope you know

Dedes
February 13th 2024


9748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Let it commence.

I understand, jalapeno, that you believe you hold the higher ground, but I assure you my vigilance shall be your demise. I shall stand soon atop your (figurative) corpse

BitterJalapenoJr
Contributing Reviewer
February 13th 2024


994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What chance do I stand against your immortality, Dedes? Amongst other rumoured skills, you appear to be able to rip the sax hard despite, in fact, being a skeleton.

mindleviticus
February 13th 2024


10465 Comments


Somebody get that drummer off coke

mindleviticus
February 13th 2024


10465 Comments


Could've been pretty good if I could hear anything other than the drums and vocals

KrillBoi
February 13th 2024


424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fucking banger album

XyphDryne
February 13th 2024


367 Comments


"Could've been pretty good if I could hear anything other than the drums and vocals"
Yeah, production is utter shite. Like so many these days. No dynamics whatsoever. But well, musicianship is fantastic, no doubt about that.

twlight
February 13th 2024


8607 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah i really dont know how bands listen to a mix like this and say "yep, that's it!"



the kick takes up the majority of the soundscape

Hawks
February 13th 2024


84592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Production is fine album is a ahrd ripper.

FearThyEvil
February 13th 2024


18202 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it's definitely overproduced! Feels soulless a lot of the time due to that and for me this is just not clicking outside of a few tracks. shame, the technical proficiency is everywhere but it's not gripping me whatsoever.

Rowhaus
February 13th 2024


5851 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album slays. Production is fine. That is all. Shun the doubters of death metal m/

Dedes
February 13th 2024


9748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tbh i've never had a problem hearing everything clearly. If anything I think absolutely everything is mixed to be as loud as is feasibly possible i.e Fallujah style brick-walled production.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
February 14th 2024


25475 Comments


gotta be honest I turned this off within 10 seconds.

FearThyEvil
February 14th 2024


18202 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Definitely not doubting death metal since I'm currently binging a lot of it. This just isn't clicking for me. Least not most of it

WompState
February 14th 2024


27 Comments


Agreed that the production is bad on this. Too much going on, guitar tones are not defined enough, really hard to follow melodies, just a barrage of drums and noise. Trying to listen to this gives me anxiety, I can't track anything, which sucks because this was one of my most hyped albums of the year. To Bathe From the Throat of Cowardice suffered from some of the same problems, but if you listened to that one on headphones you could at least make out the guitar parts. These guys are a phenomenal band but this was botched.

MillionDead
February 14th 2024


5119 Comments


Not terrible by any measure, the songwriting itself is quite good. I hate that this is produced like deathcore though. After 17+ years of modern metal listening, I absolutely cannot fucking stand that shitty, click clack kick drum trigger sound. It sounds so dumb when the toms make a lower sound than your bass drum. Every band with a lot of double bass should either use the raw kick sound and sacrifice some clarity for tone or a tasteful blend of a sample and the raw kick like Ulcerate.

ToSmokMuzyki
February 14th 2024


9904 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

>gotta be honest I turned this off within 10 seconds



the first 10 seconds is just some ambient keys tho?

ToSmokMuzyki
February 14th 2024


9904 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

this is a more techy modern behemoth if they didnt give up, lesser vox and derpcore flirtations notwithstanding



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