Necrotic Disgorgement - Documentaries of Dementia (2013)
Review by Wayne Simmons
When it comes to death metal, there’s brutality and then there’s NECROTIC DISGORGEMENT. These boys knock the goreometer up to 11, and then some.
Take their second release, Documentaries of Dementia, for instance: it’s an album about serial killers. We’re not talking Michael Myers here, either, we’re talking the real deal: Fred and Rosemary West (Conceived for Incest), Joe Clark (Grotesque Skeletal Reconstruction), Lawrence Bittaker (Icepick Ear Sodomy) etc. And just in case the cover (basically, a ‘spot the song title’ collage of grimness) isn’t warning enough, there’s always the intro to the album, a sample taken from the tape David Parker Ray played for his victims before torturing them.
And no, it’s not a reconstruction…
Musically, the album’s every bit as punishing. Each track is drilled into your brain by way of Jason Trecazzi and Phil Good’s rhythm section, blast beats unrelenting during the 40 odd minutes running time. Deskins and Tipton’s guitar rides perfectly over the top, dark and brooding yet never stagnant; there are plenty of riffs and grooves to unearth (even a little wah-wah courtesy of track 2, Pincushion Pussy!). And then there’s Jimmy Javins’ vocals which manage to stride that difficult line between being aggressive enough and concise enough to bleed some melody out.
This is top shelf stuff.
Highlights for me include Icepick Ear Sodomy, a catchy behemoth of a track spanning several kick ass tempo changes and more hooks than an abattoir, and Grotesque Skeletal Reconstruction, a tight-as-fuck punky number that slams your ass all the way to hell and back. But every track’s a winner; there are no fillers here or moments where you know someone’s half-assing it. No trace of duffness at all.
With almost a decade between this and their previous release, debut album Suffocated in Shrinkwrap, you would hope that it was time well spent at Castle Necrotic and you’d be right: DOD delivers the goods and shows a band totally in command of its sound and direction.
2. Pincushion Pussy
3. Conceived for Incest
4. Postmortem Fluid Evacuation
5. Crack Whore Compost
6. Anal Trauma
7. Icepick Ear Sodomy
8. Grotesque Skeletal Reconstruction
9. Defecation Delicacy
10. He Wears the Flesh
Documentaries of Dementia is released by Comatose Records and can be purchased here.