February 25, 2013

Filthy Music Review - 'Devourment: Conceived in Sewage'

Devourment – Conceived in Sewage (2013)

Relapse Records

Review by Jude Felton

Death Metal isn’t pretty, and never should be, so when you get an album entitled Conceived in Sewage you just know that things are going to get real ugly, real quick. Ugly it may be, but the Texan veterans know how to deliver the goods; they don’t fuck about, instead they deliver 9 utterly monstrous tracks.

Rather than take the technical route, that is quite popular in Death Metal of late, Devourment are from the Obituary and Cannibal Corpse school of metal. Good solid songs delivered with passion and brutality, without getting bogged down by overly complex song structures. Conceived in Sewage is a riff-laden monster of an album, with Mike Majewshi’s guttural vocals soaking each song in absolute filth.

Sure, there’s a typically over the top look and feel about the entire album, from its title to song names like Fucked with Rats and Parasitic Eruption, but it is the music itself that should come first and foremost. That’s exactly what you get here; good, solid slabs of brutal Death Metal that bludgeon you throughout their running time. Conceived in Sewage is not going to change the face of extreme music, instead it is happy deliver the goods; plain and simple. If you want the wheel re-invented, go somewhere else, if however you want some blistering tunes that are heavier than two elephants fucking, you have come to the right place.

Pace, precision and terrific tunes are the order of the day here. The album may be Conceived in Sewage, but there’s nothing shitty about this album. From the gory artwork through to the great production from Eric Rutan, this is an album well worth checking out. Death Metal for Death Metal fans.

01. Legalize Homicide
02. Fifty Ton War Machine
03. Conceived In Sewage
04. Fucked With Rats
05. March to Megiddo
06. Today We Die, Tomorrow We Kill
07. Heaving Acid
08. Carved Into Ecstasy
09. Parasitic Eruption

Conceived in Sewage is released by Relapse Records and is available on CD, LP and Digital.

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