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A Tomb of Muck and Rancid Flesh - 90%

TheDeadEndKing, June 10th, 2019

Seattle's Cerebral Rot have been gaining a lot of hype in the underground as of late. In this OSDM worship boom period, there are a million bands revisiting the early days of filth and grime in death metal, many of which failing to separate themselves from the pack. Safe to say, Cerebral Rot doesn't fall into that category. On the strength of this demo, "Cessation of Life", they're making their mark among the masses.

At roughly 16 minutes in length, it's not a long listen, but it packs a punch. Four tracks of dissonant, muddy guitar riffs and bass work, hauling ass through a swamp of gurgling, slimy vocals and pounding drums. Dirtier than a two dollar trick in a mudslide. It absolutely brings up fond memories of early Autopsy, bringing a dose of melancholy and dread to the sinister, almost haunting solos. Playing cat and mouse from death/doom passages into blitzing old school blast patterns, it feels less like a "worship" record, and more like a piece born and raised in that era. It's worship, but done right. In a lot of ways, this is the bread and butter of death metal, sounding as it was often intended from its inception.

So what separates Cerebral Rot from the general pack of old school clones today? The flow. As I mentioned before, this comes off as a late 80's/early 90's release less than it does a tribute piece from this day and age. The atmosphere is downright putrid. It feels old, dirty, moldy, swampy...exactly how it used to feel spinning old Asphyx, Autopsy, Incantation, and so on. And all the while, they add their own flavor to the mix. It's not like this is an exact clone. It's got the shreds of the aforementioned bands sown into its fabric, but the whole product is much more. A reeking bog of putrescence that's new in creation, but has existed in the proverbial crypts for a long time.

"Cessation of Life" is a fun listen on all fronts. If you're a fan of death metal, old or new, it's definitely worth the quarter hour of your time. And this is just a DEMO. It definitely leaves you wanting a full length offering ASAP, or at the very least, a shower when you're done. That grime cakes on thick.