Brutalism (USA)
Solace in Absurdity


4.5
superb


Release Date: 04/05/2024 | Tracklist

Review Summary: BUUUUUUUUURRRRRRRPPPPPPPP!!!!

Metalheads, we have been spoiled by death metal so far in 2024 and based on anticipated releases, it should only get better. Brutalism is a death metal band hailing from Boise, Idaho and these dudes are barely out of high school. That little fact alone makes their debut full length Solace in Absurdity all the more impressive.

Can you guess what type of death metal BRUTALism plays? Correct, they play an extremely brutal brand of death metal with riffs so ***ing intense you can actually feel the flesh burning off of your face. The riffage courtesy of guitarists Landon and Jason is as heavy as a cinderblock tied to a murder victim’s ankle as the killer throws the lifeless body into a large body of water. This is BRUTAL death metal so of course the vocals are your standard suuuuuper guttural burp-esque growling. We all know that this type of vocals aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but it's hard to execute them better than Slameron Bass here. Yes, that is his name.

What really puts Solace in Absurdity over the top for me personally is the experimental and progressive touches that Brutalism adds to their brand of brutal, bloody death metal. Imagine the guitar tone and chunky basslines of an album like Atheist’s Piece of Time or Artificial Brain’s Infrared Horizon and that will give you an idea of what to expect. This album stays true to the mixtures of early 90s lofi and muddy brutal death metal while also adding in the prog elements to sound a bit more modernized at the same time.

Don’t let the word “progressive” scare you away. Brutalism is very much one of the most insane and heaviest bands going in the death metal scene today. The prog touches are subtle and never feel overblown in any way. Solace in Absurdity pays homage to bands like Defeated Sanity and Cynic alike. It is an absolute clinic on how to make brutal death metal the right way without ever sounding stagnant. Embrace the riffs brethren and jam this HARD.



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user ratings (20)
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great

Comments:Add a Comment 
Hawks
May 23rd 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

EVERYONE JAM THIS FUCKING NOW!!!!

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
May 23rd 2024


26278 Comments


hell yeah brother. my favorite metal of the year so far.

Hawks
May 23rd 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hype bro this shit is so amazing.

Jurtz
May 23rd 2024


1907 Comments


Will check this out!

Hawks
May 23rd 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

U will dig it ahrd! M///

Hawks
May 23rd 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol of course Pika with his dumbassery 2.5's after jamming 18 seconds of this and drops the average.

artificialbox
May 23rd 2024


1887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice rev Hawks, pos’d! I’m not sure if I’ll like this but I’m gonna check it out solely because Slameron Bass is a hilarious name

brainmelter
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2024


8362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos’d

flesh pyramid goes in

MO
May 23rd 2024


24042 Comments


ooo nice

cylinder
May 23rd 2024


2675 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review man! Fuckin love this album. Riffs for days, the bass is chewy af, and I love the variety in the vocals too. So much fun

Hawks
May 23rd 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hell yeah bros!!!

pizzamachine
May 23rd 2024


27349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

She sucks my Haaaaaaaaaawks

VlacDrac
May 23rd 2024


2594 Comments


AHRD review. POS'd

Hawks
May 23rd 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love u guys!!! Jam this ahrd. M///

Frost15
May 23rd 2024


3281 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Sick album, the fact they all look like kids in their mid teens make this even better. Imagine going to see a bdm band expecting the stereotypical long haired, wasted/nerds, with tattoos and beers in the backstage, and suddenly a bunch of kids come out and start to pummel your brain with hard riffs and drumming... I'd feel like Gandalf watching Frodo taking the ring.



PS: Production is so bad it ends up being charming in a way. Those bass farts, distorted guitars to a clipping point, St.Anger level snare...

pizzamachine
May 23rd 2024


27349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Holy shizz this is nasty production

evilford
May 23rd 2024


64753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Abysmal review Hawks, pos'd gotta check

Hawks
May 23rd 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

LMAO FORD BRO MAKE THIS PRIORITY!!!

evilford
May 23rd 2024


64753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will do bruh



It's on spotify sick, ill check it tomorrow morning

Hawks
May 23rd 2024


89540 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

YESSSSS!!!



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