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The arrival of total fucking brutality - 90%

Invaginator, June 16th, 2007

Fresh and clean - that's how Ulcerate sound. Yes, there is some ulcerous phlegm seeping across the whole effort, this Best Of compilation released in 2006, but you can go over that, since 'Ulcerous Phlegm' is a Death/Grind, and Ulcerate a really harsh, fierce, violent Brutal Death Metal band. Don't you think you have heard enough of this "fresh new blood in the BDM scene" shit? Well, Ulcerate are a young band, with a shitload of potential and much power behind all the music. Their music is a mix of incarnated violence and technical surgery. They don't represent a band that wants to show how many arpeggios they can play without getting spontanously enflamed. No, these guys serve pure fucking murder feelings, hate and anger. And when you listen to it, you just wanna scream. But don't do that, that would be Emo shit like, and Emo is gay.

The little intro into the first song makes you believe there are some calm and tranquil parts. Wrong again! This shit blasts from song one to the last.Here you sense the old school of brutal Death Metal, and the new school, bringing in some core parts, but not too much, so it actually sounds truely like pure fucking Brutal Death Metal. Also you got several Grind parts, and today every self-respected brutal band has to have Grind in their music. The styles are getting mixed together, and in the end only the results count, like Machiavelli said. The most special about this band to me is their heritage. They come from a place where you actually can't have a huge killer scene, like New York City does have, and San Diego with all their Brutal Death Metal bands. But they have a huge number of bands, and most of them represent quality first, and New zealand and Australia to me have some of the best bands, bands that kill with their quality music, skills, no stupid images or shit like that - they just kick ass and don't give a shit about images or looks. Dawn of Azazel, Ulcerate, The Day Everything Became Nothing, Fuck...I'm Dead and Blood Duster.

And this band has power and stamina, as they seem not to take a break in destroying braincells with their music. And it's all about power and skill now, great solos, short, so the listener doesn't get bored from a ten-minute solo, like Malmsteen does. The music will catch you, and won't let you go, until your emaciated and exsanguinated - dry and bled out, and just another corpse in the corpse field. Man, this is just a Best Of compilation of their ealier works, imagine then the new release, OF FRACTURE AND FAILURE.