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10 years after their formation, France’s Savage Annihilation finally unleashes their full cannibalistic rage upon mankind with their debut full length album, Cannibalisme, hérésie et autres sauvageries. Themes of zombies, horror and cannibalism of late tend to be the focus of bands playing in the style of old school Swedish death metal like Feral and Morbus Chron, so it kinda leaves one to wonder what these Frenchmen can do, with 10 years of playing experience under their belts thus far.
Le commencement does little to give away the style of the band, with sound samples of TV news playing in the background laying down a rather chilling mood for the album, and sounds of a man struggling gives hint to the impending doom that is to come. And things start off rather brutally as the band begins their onslaught with Dépeuplez ce monde de vermines, with relentless blast beats and furious trem-picked riffs hit the listener, sounding like the bastard child of Morbid Angel, Suffocation and even a slight hint of Incantation with the dense and suffocating atmosphere. The deep growls of of vocalist Dave serves as yet another instrument to add to the crushing impact of the music of Savage Annihilation, though he pierces through the murky depths with higher pitched growls that are littered throughout the record. Apart from the guttural growls, his flair on the guitars are also evident, from the complex riffing patterns that are aplenty on the album to the leads that he execute with much ease.
Drummer Mike is also stellar, and rather than simply blasting his way through with constant blast beats, he often plays around with the drums, displaying his skills through the variety of styles that he incorporates in his drumming, and is one of the main attractions on the album as well. Bassist Pigoin provides that low, rumbling growl on the music of Savage Annihilation, ensuring that the listener isn’t able to breathe easy as the album progresses. Songwriting on the album is also rather well done, with songs that are rather complex, ensuring that things do not get too monotonous with the complex song structures and the equally technical and capable playing of the various instruments. The somewhat progressive aspects of the band are perhaps best shown on the track Dévoré par l’humanité, lasting in excess of 7 minutes yet seeing the band not letting up in intensity nor complexity.
The only gripe I truly have with the album are the clanky snares, reminding me of the abomination that is St. Anger. But other than that, the band’s 10 years of playing experience certainly shines through on Cannibalisme, hérésie et autres sauvageries, and is definitely a excellent and worthy debut release.