If you bought God Dethroned's "Passiondale' last month, you can turn your bike, scooter, wheelchair or car and get ready to buy this one too. If you haven't bought 'Passiondale' yet, just wait until May 11th and buy both. Not that they are musically the same, but they both are very brutal and both records have the same kind of impact. This must be Vomitory's 7th album and I personally find it their best so far. This Swedish "entrance to hell" (Vomitory) gets better every time. Last album 'Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize' was already a good one, but this one tops it.
The riffs in "Serpents" and "A lesson in Virulence" (don't I know that title?) could easily have been taken from early Entombed/Dismember albums. Together with the guttural low grinding Cannibal Corpse-like vocals of Erik Rundqvist and the brutality of Slayer the songs never sounded better and more brutal. That Slayer is one of the influences can also easily be heard in songs like "The Ravenous Dead" and "Deadlock".
The production and mix have seen to it that the songs didn't turn out to be just one wall of sound. The heaviness of the record splatters through the boxes and the crunching hypnotizing riffs makes you push the repeat button again and again. Vomitory succeeded in combining the Göthenburg riffs, the brutal vocals and aggressiveness of Cannibal Corpse with the catchiness of Slayer.
One heavy and brutal kick in the nutts!