Epicardiectomy – Grotesque Monument of Paraperversive Transfixion (Slam/Brutal Death Metal)

Three months after the release I find myself in Epicardiectomy territory with their third album Grotesque Monument of Paraperversive Transfixion. The title is as massive and hard to say fast three times as the album is brutal, exactly what can be expected by these crazy Czech’s. I’d honestly forgot about this release as I had it marked down but then it kinda went into the black hole due to a wave of promos in 2019. Reason I came to remember Epicardiectomy’s latest release is because I very recently booked a trip to Prague with my wife for our wedding anniversary (booked time to get a sweet Megaman tattoo there too) and I was like “oh shit I need to take this bad boy on a spin!”. So here we are, a bit late to the party but I am sure it will be a grand party anyways!

So what’s happened with Epicardiectomy since their last offering to the brutal slam world? In 2014 Putreseminal Morphodysplastic Virulency took the world by storm and kinda cemented Epicardiectomy into one of the most promising bands in the genre. However after that the trio lost their original vocalist Tom Vysoký, who was a very important piece of the slam puzzle. I for one thought it would be hard to replace him. The trio has since then been looking far and wide for the perfect replacement which eventually become a very young prospect in Andrew Benc. Not only that they have also become a four-piece act! Serge Gordeev has gone from doing both guitar and bass to being solely on guitar duty while they added another youngster Stan Pozharnitsky on bass. Going from a trio to a four-piece can be challenging enough but doing so while also looking for a new vocalist can be way harder. We will soon get to realize nothing can stop the slam tank that is Epicardiectomy though!

Ah how I’ve missed these crushing drums, that wicked snare and gnarly slam that Epicardiectomy is all about. Having the founding member Milan Moškon still on drums is the bread and butter of their sound, damn does this hit hard and can make you go ape shit on the drums alone. Stan Pozharnitsky does a superb job on bass, actually he makes it more than superb. I would go as far as saying this is the best Epicardiectomy has sounded on that department. Gordeev did it fine but you can tell it’s been given more space on Grotesque Monument of Paraperversive Transfixion to shine. So how has the replacement for vocals done on his first try? Well Andrew Benc definitely nails those gutturals like one could expect in the style Epicardiectomy does. On tracks like “Repugnant Hemicraniotomical Ingurgitation” and “Chamber of Excruciation” he even gets to showcase a bit more variation to his sewer gut-wrenching vocals. Sure I can argue that I did enjoy Vysoký’s deeper gutturals more but Benc is a whole different beast with other tricks ups his sleeve. I am sure with time I will come to embrace Benc’s style more and miss Vysoký less.

They played the safe card when creating this album as it sounds an awful lot like Putreseminal Morphodysplastic Virulency but at the same time who can blame them? They had so much going on behind the scenes this was the best option. If anything this is a good thing, I would say most slam fans have some love for Putreseminal Morphodysplastic Virulency (which was a major improvement from their debut) and this is more of that same filthy candy for you ears. You still have the insanely sick lyrics to come with it too. There is certainly a few things they’ve improved on, especially in the bass department. One major improvement to me, which I’ve always think has been a bit too much, is that there are less samples being played on this album, they let the music talk more. Big win here to me! While some areas have stayed the same and that’s all fine. Right now my biggest fear was that Epicardiectomy would take a few steps back but instead they took a few step forward, yet maybe a bit small and this ends up being their best work yet.

A small note is that they also have what I think is the most brutal album cover I’ve seen in a long time! Who says how the cover looks doesn’t count though? You need something sweet to wrap around the filthy maggot eating insides.

In conclusion there is no need to fear slam fans! The future is bright for Epicardiectomy once again, the young guns deliver and with the long lasting members Gordeev and Moškon to guide them I can only see the band grow from here. It’s quite astonishing such a revamped line-up can still produce one of the heaviest albums I’ve heard in a long time.

Written by J.B.

Label: New Standard Elite
For fans of: Cephalotripsy and Devourment
Release date: December 31st, 2018
Favorite song: Chamber of Excruciation
Score: 4/5 Incredible

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Interview: Unfathomable Ruination

It’s been close to three years now since the modern brutal techdeath classic Finitude from Unfathomable Ruination saw the light of day. It was time to check in with vocalist and fellow gamer Ben Wright for a talk!

I want to start by asking some of your metal history. How did you get into metal and what made you start doing vocals? Any specific band/vocalist that got you into it?

I first saw a band on TV that looked pretty crazy, there was 8 dudes jumping around bashing shit with masks on so I checked them out, bought a CD and was hooked. It was the vocals that got me first, after that I just kept discovering heavier and heavier bands, I then found a CD in a store with some skulls on it and thought that looked pretty rad and it turned out to be hammer smashed face, that blew my fucking mind and since then I knew I wanted to be in a band, Chris Barnes and John Gallagher were my main inspiration to start vocals, I tried my best to emulate them as a kid.

You were a part of the band Fleshrot for many years until the split-up. I noticed a couple of the members, including you, are current or ex-members of Unfathomable Ruination. Was that how you got into the band?

Me and Dan go way back, he played in some local bands that played with Fleshrot at times and we got speaking through that, he ended up being our guitarist for a short while and we stayed in touch, he randomly sent me a message one day asking if I wanted to jam with UR and the rest is history! To this day he regrets sending me that text! Haha!

Unfathomable Ruination has risen very fast in the ranks of death metal with every release receiving amazing reviews. How has this affected you as a band?

I’m not sure it has, really? Were still a bunch of drunk retards who like making loud noises together! I’d say if it was to have any affect I guess it has made us more and more hungry each time to up the anti, keep on progressing and writing heavier, more technical, and powerful music.

Finitude is in my personal opinion one of the best brutal techdeath albums made in years, how will you top that on your next release. What can we expect from it?

Thanks man! I was really proud of all of us for that album, I’m not sure how we’re going to top it!? We have for sure set the bar high for ourselves! It’s been a really organic process writing for the new album, the material we are churning out is ridiculous! I’m pretty sure you guys are gonna dig it.

How far in development of the upcoming album are you? Can we hope for a 2019 release?

We recently announced the artist who is creating the cover art, Eliran Kantor. The album is in full swing, many cogs are turning! You’ll have to stay tuned for further updates but I can say we are expecting a 2019 release, yes.

You recently went on tour with Aborted, Cryptopsy and Ingested. How was it?

Insane. The shows were packed and it was great to tour the UK again as we hadn’t done that since the Malignancy tour a few years back, Ingested are old friends of ours so it’s always a pleasure hanging with those guys, it was amazing to watch Aborted, they really are a spectacle live, the stage show, the tightness, the props, it was awesome! The Cryptopsy guys were top blokes and great fun to party with.

Do you have any tours planned for 2019?

There a couple of ideas being thrown around at the moment, nothing set in stone currently. We are focussing most of our efforts on the album. We do have a few shows in and around Europe throughout the year, Brutal Assault & Kaltenbach etc.

As I know you like to hit the gym, what bands do you usually spin to get you doing that extra rep? Any special album even?

For me, anything with a good groove/rythm. I find that super techy or fast stuff kicks me out of sync! My last session I was spinning “Suffokate – return to despair” its got a perfect pace to it! And the new Whitechapel track, Brimstone gets me PUUUMPED!!

As a fellow gamer, what’s your favorite game of all time?

Wow that’s a ridiculously hard question!! I’d have to say if I was forced to choose, for its nostalgic value, and the fact it’s on my favourite console and my favourite movie series, Star Wars – Rogue Squadron on the N64. I’ll never forget the pure excitement as a kid flying an X wing around destroying tie fighters!!

Cheers for your time Ben! Any parting words?

No worries bro! Stay tuned for the new album, its going to be immense!! Add me up on Steam if ya wanna get owned on PUBG! Benrot138

Interview: Klysma

Klysma, a band that disbanded in 2015 before even playing their first show, resurrected in 2017 and from out of nowhere made a splash in the brutal death metal scene with their full-length debut album Sick. Sick has paved the way for Klysma who are now considered one of the hot upcoming bands in the scene. With a new album in the making it was the perfect time to grab a hold of the creator of Klysma Roy Feyen as we discuss the history, present, future of the band and of course gaming!

First of all congratulations on one of the sickest (pun intended) albums in 2018! Tell me what’s the story behind Klysma and what made you put the band to rest in 2015 before picking it up in 2017?

Thanks a lot! I founded Klysma with a couple of friends who wanted to make music. Our music tastes were quite different so we decided to go for Goregrind, since we all kinda liked that. Ofcourse, with different tastes, and different motivations, things didn’t last long, and we split up before our first gig.

I brought new life into Klysma after getting some help setting up my record setup. I recorded the EP like we planned with the original lineup, with some minor changes. I mixed and mastered it myself, as a learning curve for other projects. It wasn’t very good, but I was happy with the results nonetheless. 

You’re signed to Ghastly Music, a Japanese label. How did that happen? Was it due to Jason Lambert and his Putrified J connection with the label?

Yes it was. Jason suggested to try to sign with them, and he took care of it.

How long was Sick in progress and what influenced you along the way?

After the split with the original lineup, I continued to write from Klysma, not knowing if I would ever do something with it or not, but I just enjoyed writing music. I didn’t want a straightforward Goregrind band, so I incorporated some groovy and slamming riffs with the typical Gutalax inspired humpa lumpa riffs.

A fun fact about the “Sick” album is that we almost decided to skip it entirely. Since I continued writing, I already had a second full length album completely written. It’s definitely better and more serious than the “Sick” album, but I decided to record the “Sick” album anyway, as a means of promotion for the next album. I never expected it to do so well.

I want to know one thing. On the song “A Thousand Rotting Corpses” you use Kirby theme music at the end, who was behind this awesome choice!?

Most of the songs of the “Sick” album were written around the time the original lineup split up. Before I wanted a more serious approach to the music, I incorporated some funny samples or riffs based on funny things. I ended up scrapping most of them. Kirby was a game I was very fond of as a child, so I kept that one. I also had a song with The Simpsons theme in it amongst others.

Might be a dumb follow-up question but does anyone in Klysma game? If you got any favorite game of all time?

I think non of us are hardcore gamers, but most do game sometimes. I recently bought a Nintendo Switch, and I’m playing Zelda right now. It’s hard to pick a favorite game, but if I had to pick a favorite game series it’d be Fire Emblem.

Since Klysma got resurrected with a full line-up you’ve been very active with an EP and a full-length release in two years. Will we perhaps see a new release this year already?

I’m not sure if it’ll get released this year, but I’m definitely planning on recording it soon. I’m pretty stoked to release this, especially after the surprising succes of the last album.

Both you and the rest of the band have commitments in other bands, yet Klysma is very active in itself. How do you guys find the time to get it all going?

Most of the time we just wing it, and it just happens to work out haha. We also decided to take less gigs. I’ve come to a point where I want to skip the smaller gigs, and where I feel like we can, and only take on the bigger gigs and festivals. I think it’s possible due the “succes” of our other projects, and how we are seen in the scene, amongst the surprising succes of the “Sick” album.

On Sick you have a lot of great musicians from bands like Devour the Fetus and Scordatura featuring. Will that be a common thing on Klysma albums even in the future?

I hope so! All of the features are friends I met during the years through other bands etc. I love working with different musicians, so it’s my kind of way of collaborating with them, and giving them a shout-out. Definitely go check out their bands if you don’t know them, all of them are amazing! In return ofcourse, they also helped promoting the album, and I’m very grateful for that.

If you had to pick your favorite albums of all time which would you pick?

Oh man, this is a tough one. There are so many good bands out there. It’s really impossible to pick a favorite for me. If I had to pick an album that inspired me the most tho, it would probably be Abominable Putridity’s “The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin”. Or maybe “The Time Of Great Purification” by Pathology.

Just saw you’re going on UK tour with Embrace Your Punishment and Untethered, sweet package there! Will we see Klysma going on tours in the rest of Europe too?

We don’t really have plans to tour with Klysma. The reason why we’re doing this UK weekender is simply because we’ve been there with other bands before, and we wanted to go back since we had a lot of fun there. We decided to do a weekender to make the travel worthwhile.

That’s all I got for this time. Thanks for your time! Got any final shoutouts to end this?

No problem at all! Thank you for the interest! I’d say keep an eye out for our other bands; Human Vivisection, Human Barbecue, Defenestration, Jintai Setsudan, Putrified J, Neuromoral Dissonance, Necrotic Resurrection, Impure Violation, and Brutal Sphincter. (Yeah those are a LOT of bands.) We got loads of new music coming soon, amongst them Human Barbecue, which I’m doing with Klysma’s vocalist Jason. Expect a new album this year. Thank you, and take care!

Interview: Devour the Unborn

A band that made some waves in the brutal death metal community straight from the bat on their 2012 debut Consuming the Morgue Remains is the international act Devour the Unborn. Since then there has been a lot of problems on finding a stable trio, did the joining of Andy Tseung from Sweden finally made the line-up complete? With a new album coming in April I thought it was the right time to have a chat with the founding member Joseph Carrillo.

Could you start by telling me and the readers some history of the band? How did it all start?

Joseph: Hello! I started Devour The Unborn back in 2007 but didn’t do anything with it until 2011 when we self-released a Demo and got signed to Ossuary Industries. We then recorded our debut in 2012 and it literally blew the doors wide open, I was not ready or anticipating that sort of reaction. I guess we just came in at the right time.

How did you happen to get the fellow Swede Andy Tseung in the band? What’s the story there?

Joseph: Devour The Unborn has been plagued with frontmen issues since it’s inception, in 2016 I found myself without a full lineup and in need of a vocalist, if I was going to move forward with this band, I knew i had to make some adjustments and consider the possibility that DTU could work better as an international band rather than a local band, I already knew I wanted to ask Andy because I have been a huge fan of his vocals since I heard him in Vomitous, I knew his crushing gutturals would compliment the texas pit riffs, so I asked him about joining up and he was down right away, this was in october 2017 i believe, we didn’t announce his addition into the band until mid 2018 because I wanted to have some riffs in the oven before announcing anything, fast forward, we have completed our first collaberation which is the mCD entitled “Liturgy of Irreverent Oblation” we’re already working on our next DTU release for Lord of the Sick Records which should be dropping in late 2019. Two DTU albums in one year. Talk about coming back with a bang.

Being an international band with members around the globe I can guess the process when creating music is a bit different. Talk us through the process on how the upcoming EP Liturgy of Irreverent Oblation was created.

Joseph: It’s actually even easier this way, I’m the one that writes all the music and then I send it out to Andy and he does his thing, when DTU had local members I still had to help with the lyrics and with vocal patterns, I basically had my hand in everything which can be cool but sometimes i just want to write a song and not have to worry about anything else, now it is far more professional and I thoroughly enjoy it more. Less stress.

You share both ex and current members of Defleshed and Gutted (who also released a great album last year), was that how you got in touch with Lord of the Sick Recordings?

Joseph: Myself and TJ Lara are also in Defleshed and Gutted, we just released a banger of an album late 2018, how I got in touch with LOTS was because I was having issues with a former label, I decided Defleshed and Gutted needed a more professional, responsible label and reached out to LOTS, I’ve worked with them in the past and never had any issues with them and while we were in talks about releasing DAG album i decided to offer them both bands and they were more than happy to accept. It’s a win/win for everyone.

Talk about Liturgy of Irreverent Oblation, what can brutal death metal fans expect from it?

Joseph: They can expect the most crushing, brutal, pit-inducing musick come out of DTU to be put on record, sickest vocals on any DTU release and the best produced DTU album thus far. Our 2nd full-length had some really great bangers but unfortunately the production was utter failure, although I understand some fans really do enjoy it, which is why I plan to re-record most of those songs on every new DTU release in order to give them proper justice. Kinda like how Suffocation are re-recording songs off the breeding the spawn album.

Texas seems to be a region that keeps on giving great brutal death metal bands, why do you think that is?

Joseph: It’s the heat, it’s hotter than satans ass out here, especially in our region, it’s dry and unforgiving, the west is brutal and so is the gotdamn weather. Arizona get’s it worse but we’re not far behind. I hope that’s a good enough answer.

The art for Liturgy of Irreverent Oblation looks sick (made by Armaada Art), how was it working with the artist to come up with that? Was it a long process or did you know from the start how you wanted it to look?

Joseph: We didn’t come up with the idea, it was created by label owner Maxim, when he asked me what kind of art direction we wanted to go, my mind was buried in riffs and soley focused on that. Andy was moving into a new home so he was occupied as well, I basically left it in the hands of the label to get it going while we finished up the mCD, the end result was amazing, certainly did not see that coming, very hapy.

What’s your favorite albums of all time?

Joseph:
Devourment – Molesting the Decapitated
Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten
Dying Fetus – Killing on Adrenaline
Internal Bleeding – Voracious Contempt
Disgorge – She Lay Gutted
Cryptopsy – None So Vile
Prophecy – Foretold, Foreseen
Dehumanized – Prophecies Foretold
Deathspell Omega – Trilogy
Misfits – Earth AD
Minor Threat – Minor Threat
Immolation – Here in After
Morbid Angel – Formulas Fatal to the Flesh

Got a favorite game of all time?

Joseph: I like a lot games man, I usually fuck with Diablo the most though, but man, that’s a tough question. Too many games, so little time.

Thanks for your time, any shoutouts or other last words?

Joseph: Shout out to my boys in Defleshed And Gutted and Devour The Unborn, the Sick Boys in Lord of the Sick, Alex Cadaver, Reinier Van Loon and UltraMagnus from Old Skull Zine, Brian Wynn and Kill Everything, TJ Mundy and Putrid Womb, Nefarious Zombie, the Sculpting Atrocity crew, all my buds in Texas I’ll see y’all soon, my brother Danny G from Seraphic Enthronement, my boy Joe H from Omnicast, Joe L from Disgruntled Anthropophagi, Jake Nelson from Post Mortal Possession, Donovan Dettle and Parasitic Ejaculation, Jason L and Putrified J, Joe K (SWW) , the sick Aussie crew from Nails of Imposition, all our online and real life supporters, we appreciate you all a lot, go to lordsick.com and grip our new album from DAG and DTU and all the sick bands on our roster. Thanks for the interview Jimmy! Best of luck with your zine bro!

Relics Of Humanity – Obscuration (Brutal Death Metal)

The Belarus band Relics of Humanity is back to utterly destroy you with their most relentless release yet! This is their first new material since Ominously Reigning upon the Intangible in 2014 and one major change since then is that they’ve add the legendary vocalist A.J. Magana (ex-Defeated Sanity, ex-Disgorge and ex-Condemned (live)) to their brutal horde. This is no small piece to add to the puzzle and believe me it shows straight from the start this is a piece they have been missing in the past. During the 12 years the band has been going I haven’t really got into them, I mean sure I have a couple tracks on my gym playlist and both their previous releases are solid albums but they aren’t albums I get that feeling I need to take for a spin. That’s the major difference maker as with Obscuration I do, short and sweet as it is with its 16 minute runtime.

Obscuration showcase just about every great element you need for a top tier brutal death metal release. The songwriting is their best yet, which I thought was even their strong side before. Drumming is tighter and have more room than before, guitars sounds meaner and nastier than ever and then we have the insane gutturals from Magana. Can he even do a bad performance? The production is right where I want it to be for this genre, not over-produced gnarly sounding, giving each instrument the right sound (I would like to put the volume up a tiny bit on the guitars though) and in general just making the album feel alive.

As I mentioned before this is a short album, an EP, and the 16 minutes does fly by rather quick. Quality over quantity though and when Relics of Humanity can produce such an evil old school sounding brutal death metal album like this then I will take it every day of the week. One thing is certain, this is the most brutal album you will hear this month and it’s a now looking bright for brutal death metal after a slow January. They even packed this deadly piece of EP in a sweet package on top with covert art from Dan Seagrave (Suffocation, Decrepit Birth, Morbid Angel). I can definitely recommend Obscuration to fans of Defeated Sanity, Unfathomable Ruination, Disgorge, Condemned and Disentomb. Relics of Humanity have now found a sound that works really well for them and I can only hope we don’t have to wait long for a full-length when they are on form.

Written by J.B.

Label: Willowtip Records
For fans of: Defeated Sanity and Condemned
Release date: February 22nd, 2019
Favorite song: Legions of the Unbowed
Score: 4/5 Incredible

Desecravity – Anathema (Technical Brutal Death Metal)

Japan’s very own answer to Origin are back with their third full-length album! After a change in the line-up since their last critically acclaimed album Orphic Signs I was interested to hear what that would do to Desecravity’s sound. I mean not only is Shogo Tokita a great guitarist, he also did vocals in the band so it’s not an easy member to replace. Now the growling duty falls solely on Yujiro Suzuki (who plays guitar as well), while they’ve added Yuya Takeda (Deadly Spawn) on guitar to the band.

After a beautiful intro on the epic side in Aeon and Ashes the technical brutality is unleashed on Impure Confrontation, the single I’d heard many times before but still haven’t got tired of. The utter chaos is created with such a technical precision it’s almost silly. Bands like Defeated Sanity, Origin and Cryptopsy will be proud to know there are bands like Desecravity out there that keeps the legacy going for years to come. If you think Impure Confrontation left you breathless then wait for Ominous Harbinger and Bloodthirsty Brutes which are two of the heaviest tracks I’ve heard in a long time and an instant favorites of mine. Anathema never lets you breath either, track after track it hits you with fast, technical and skull splitting tunes for you to devour and after the ride is over you will need to sit back, relax and take in just what the hell just happened to your now blown mind. It isn’t an easy feat to create such well crafted, well balanced, brutal techdeath that Desecravity has done. While their previous efforts were good in their own rights they weren’t finding that sweet spot between chaos and order. Now they have and we as metal fans can only be joyful that Japan gives us a band that can challenge any 2019 best of the year list in January already.

This is Desecravity’s best album yet, a band that keeps exploring and striving for improvements, and I only wish they can keep this lineup intact so that we can get even more of this insanity for years to come! A must have for any fan of the technical death metal scene.

Written by J.B.

Label: Willowtip Records
For fans of: Origin and Cryptopsy
Release date: January 25th, 2019
Favorite song: Bloodthirsty Brutes
Score: 4/5 Incredible

Mass Infection – Shadows Became Flesh (Brutal Death Metal)

It’s not often I stumble upon bands that’s been going for quite some time but to me they are completely new. Mass Infection from Greece is one of those bands that I’d honestly never heard about until just over a couple weeks ago. What’s more, and just as rare, is that Shadows Became Flesh hit me so hard that I had to make an order for it straight away, while listening through the rest of their discography. Where has Mass Infection been in my life? What I found is that this is band that leaves no riff to chance, has a perfect blend of classic death to the brutal ways and are superb songwriters.

Sometimes you find an album that might not revolutionary the genre but they do just about everything right, Shadows Became Flesh is such an album. As I just had to listen through the rest of their discography, which is also incredible and much recommended, I found this being their most complete work yet. Everything is better all the way from how the snare sound, how the guitar is tuned to production. Also the addition with the very talented Giulio Galati (Hideous Divinity, Blasphemer (live), Bloodshot Dawn (live)) on drums have worked wonders as him and the band seems to be a great fit right from the start.

From Omnious Prevision to Shadows Became Flesh every single song is a massive bulldozer of quality death coming at you. One of the most complete albums of 2018 where every song stands well on their own and it’s a great example of how to create a near perfect album in the genre. Even the cover art is astonishing and helps paint the full picture as one say of what is to come from Shadows Became Flesh.

If you like Severe Torture “Slaughtered” era, Monstrosity, Deeds of Flesh or just death metal overall then Mass Infection is right up your alley. Simply put this is brutal death metal done right with all the punishing blast beats, technical riffs that you can’t get enough of and crushing growls for your needs. One of the best albums in the genre that came out a bit too late to hit my yearly list.

Written by J.B.

Label: Comatose Music
For fans of: Severe Torture and Monstrosity
Release date: December 7th, 2018
Favorite song: To the Lords of Revulsion
Score: 4.5/5 Near Perfect