Devourment - Conceived In Sewage (Relapse Records)

Slam chords abound in the sewers!!
Release Date: 
28 Feb 2013 (All day)

Devourment made their name in 1999 with the release of the ultra brutal Molesting The Decapitated, with a style of hyper blast counterpointed with gut wrenching slam riffs. At the time, they were one of the first bands to focus on this extreme juxtaposition of brutality.

Their follow up albums Butcher The Weak (2006), and Unleash the Carnivore from 2009, continued this legacy of brutality. Devourment did pay a price though, as eventually most songs began to sound samey, and sometimes indistuquishable. Well on Conceived In Sewage, everything changes!! This album has ‘bought back the riff’, each song stands alone and compels you to slam! Under the watchful eye of Erik Rutan (Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal) as producer, the sound of this album is perfection. The overall vibe is a steamroller of chug, chug, chug-chug-chug, with teases of blast. The vocals of Mike Majewski on this recording have undergone a slight change. Historically he has stuck with the subhuman, diaphragm bursting vocal approach, but on this album he mixes it up. Reminiscent of Frank Mullen (Suffocation) he goes up in register on a few passages on each song - a nice touch of variety.

The Guitar of Ruben Rosas, as usual, is deeeeeeeeeeply detuned and razor sharp. Fifty Ton War Machine is a pure sledgehammer of a song, and Ruben owns it!! Bass is handled by Chris Andrews, and this is my only semi-gripe; really we can’t hear you!!! The Bass does hum away, and it is present, but it gets a little lost at times. Eric Park, lays down some very capable rig work on this album. BUT, where are the gravity blasts??!! Devourment, especially on their earlier work, went mental on the blast. And yes, there is blast on this album, but I kinda miss the hyper blast that former drummer Brad Fincher once supplied. Standout songs are ...War Machine, with its relentless riff. Fucked With Rats, with guest vocals from Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitiation)-a truly deviant track. And the catchy ‘sing along’ of Today We Die, Tomorrow We Kill is a real pleasure. In closing, this album is a must for Devourment fans, and all fans of slamming-ultra brutal-kill metal!!!