For all its corrosive and destructive intent and violation of the senses with its blistering assault of brutal death metal, Dementia Tremens, the debut album from Colorado annihilators Expurgate is lock n loaded with some of the most compelling grooves known to captivation. It is a nine track, barely twenty three minute, devouring of the ear brought with accomplished skill and primal intensity which is impossible to fight off as well as have plenty to recommend it for.
Formed in 2010, the quartet of vocalist Jaymes Grundmann, guitarist Fuckin’ Ian, bassist Devin Tauber, and Chris Van Cleave on drums, take influences from the likes of Anal Blast, Disconformity, Brujeria, Dysentery, Disgorge, and Gutrot to create a senses gnawing onslaught which though arguably does not offer anything markedly new undoubtedly leaves one satisfied and emotionally fried. Released on Comatose Records, their debut is a guttural ravishment which slams the body into a submissive position whilst being aurally consumed by effacing enterprise and merciless intensity.
As opener 86 rages against the ear with ravenous riffs whilst the rhythms declare war on bone, the intent of the album and band is an open declaration. The song is unrelenting in its vicious assault, the bass stirring up the passion with its steely countenance whilst the guitar unleashes riffs and sonic grooves which spark up the passions. Vocally Grundmann discharges his riveting guttural smothering to energise the track, his delivery like a pig succumbing to a bestial incursion riles up the intensity further whilst squeezing the lyrical content into a brutal unintelligible bleed.
Through the likes of Viscera Insufflation and Redemption Through Seppuku, the band rampages with unbridled aggression and a compulsive tightly grooved invention which is as instinctively anthemic to the emotions as it is exhausting and corruptive. Despite moments where words or passages vocally gain clarity the overall lyrical abrasion is swamped by the primal delivery of Grundmann to at times leave one unsure of the content and the purpose of having a premise to their driven violation of the ear. Of course the passion and songs unleashed answer that question as further tracks like the vehemently pungent 40oz. Facefuck, with its criminally intrusive ravishing, and the outstanding Repugnant Torso Defilement snarl and fury upon the senses whilst mordantly seducing them with further irresistible barbaric grooves.
The crippling beats of Cleave throughout the album lays a barbed cage around the listener whilst spearing them with pure violence and alongside the continually impressive bass scourge of Tauber, the combination is a devastating joy for the grooves and nasty riffs of Ian to scar and rip the synapses alongside. Viscous Human Putrilage is one of the pinnacles of their infernal union and with the constant black vocal squalls, and a track which churns over the senses like a rabid juggernaut.
Ending on the twisting malevolence of Disgorging Vomitous Anomalies, the album is a fine and satisfying release which hopefully will trigger the band to a fully active service which apparently right now is not the case. Yes it possibly lacks enough originality to ignite the fullest fires but is easily a worthy addition to brutal death metal and one which fans of bands such as Devourment, Disgorge, and Dysentery especially will find plenty of sickness to admire and enjoy.
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