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The phrase of the day is "Demon Skunk"... - 60%

CallerOfTheCthulhu, July 5th, 2004

WHAT? HUH? REVIEW? WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? WHAT? TAOSHEED? WHAT THE HELL...OH! YOU'RE DEAF TOO AFTER HEARING 'ROTTING ALIVE', HUH? YEAH. WHAT A PAIN IN THE ASS!

Ok, how many metal heads have experienced this before? You see promising artwork on the cover. You see a kick ass name. You think, "what the hell..." and pay the sixteen or more dollars (not including tax) for the CD. You then put it in your CD player expecting results for your money. You then want to take said CD out and snap it into millions of tiny pieces, set it on fire, do a tribal hate dance, then piss upon the smoldering ashes. Yeah, it's sort of like that again.

The high ticket price aside, the album has it's ups. It also has many downs. A simple look on the back can tell you what you are getting into here. Song titles like 'An Evil Eye' and 'F/C/D/C' should tell you to shy away. But notice a certain song called 'Demon Skunk'. Uh oh. Suddenly that three or four hours of work seem so futile now.

It's not all that bad. Brutal isn't really as bad as it's album name depicts. The music is actually pretty good, except for a few songs here and there where it get's really slow and really boring fast. And, somehow, even with very few lyrics, the band manages to pull off a few solos through one song and make it last four to five minutes. And the high pitch, damn near deafening guitar squeel at the start of track five is a wake up call, and a sign that you might not be able to hear the rest of the album perfectly.

The vocals aren't the traditional death metal gutteral screams. It's alright though. It gives the album more of an insane feel to it, fitting in perfectly with what the albums topics are about. The only problem is sometimes he tries to hit certain notes or hold a note for a while and fail to succeed.

The lyrics are infact Brutal...if you are a twelve year old who doesn't really know better. Naming various venereal diseases over and over again and singing about how if you take a whiff of this demon skunk thing your head will melt away and you'll love it somehow doesn't lead the pack with intelligence. However...a demon skunk...that's worth points on the creativity scale.

The production quality is great, and the guest keyboardist in the album definately adds to the mix. But, this one is definately a release you should check out first before you rush out and spend so much hard earned money on. Pure and simple.