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Redeemed at a Loss by Simplicity - 80%

Svartekrist, August 4th, 2011

Gortuary is a brutal death metal band. That is basically all you would need to know in order to get some kind of grasp of their music. It is a little sad though, that brutal death metal in most cases are so easy to recognize and categorize as such. By simply implying the genre, the music is already somewhat apparent. But Manic Thoughts of Perverse Mutilation do have some tricks up the sleeve. Although these tricks are in fact a commodity.

No pun intended, but the music is indeed brutal. The drumming is fast and manage to dish out simple but effective rhythms, but can also slow down and still retain the brutality. In other word, nothing you have not heard before. The same can be said for the guitars, they play fast and simple, but do manage to surprise with some very well executed leads. Then comes the bass guitar, which for most of the time is pretty much drowned in the mix, but when heard, it clearly rips out some neat grooves. Finally are the vocals, which are deep and guttural, once again, standard brutal death metal antics. But what saves it all is the songwriting.

The songwriting is, like the instrumentation, simple but effective. On top of that is the production, which is meaty and fat, instead of the crystal clear production heard on so many other releases that come out these days. In general, the production fits the musical style very well. And in addition, are great musicianship, the band is clearly in synch with each other, and it shows.

The negatives with this album are the samples used at the beginning of some of the songs. They do demonstrate that the band is not too serious, but at the same time, somewhat damage the illusion that the music gives. It is also a short trip, with the album clocking in at only a little less than thirty three minutes. But seeing as what they genre they restrict themselves too, it may not be such a bad move. In short, Manic Thoughts of Perverse Mutilation is a compact and brutal ride, it lacks intricacy but in the end make up with good songwriting and some very memorable moments.

Stand-out tracks: Transgender Dismember, Skull Fragments, Hereditary Retardation.
8/10

Perverse, but my thoughts were often elsewhere - 68%

autothrall, June 28th, 2011

It's got to be increasingly difficult to stand out in the brutal death metal field. There are just so many bands performing at an identical level of technicality and extremity, equal parts slam and acceleration and painfully little experimentation or novelty left in the genre. This space is where an act like Gortuary both falters and excels, because they cover most of the bases extremely well. A fresh and visceral production gives a wealth of crunch to the guitars. They vary up the tempos as often as they're able without stretching into new territory. There are actual riffs of note in between stretches of predictable punishment. The cover art and logo are appealing, if you've a fetish for entrails and anatomy.

They're not quite so manic or frenetic as other 21st century Californian tech death acts (The Faceless, Decrepit Birth) or so precise and brutal as something like Severed Savior, but they offer enough variation that one doesn't become immediate exhausted with their blunt and seismic delivery. The vocals are steeped in the guttural monotony one expects from the genre, with very little deviation, somewhere between a Will Rahmer, Chris Barnes and Corpsegrinder; but let's be honest, this will hardly detract from the enjoyment of a gore drenched, gut soaked audience that is often pretty content with more of the same. The riffs very often indulge in the mindless mute-squealing patterns so widespread across the genre, or other guitar tweaks, but there are occasional flights of clinical eloquence, like in the wild bridges of "Pool of Excrement" or "Splatter Fecal Matter" that show the band does have chops beneath the more muddled walls of slam that dominate the compositions

Like many of their peers, Gortuary are competent at building excitement through horror or porn movie samples, like the 8MM sample used in "Mutilation by Double Penetration" or the more surprising Forrest Gump sample in "Hereditary Retardation". These help towards a taut and disgusting feeling of 'completeness', but ultimately my lack of interest in the album came through the dearth of compelling guitars. Just about every member of the band is competent, from the steam hammer drumming to the versatility of the churning aggression of the guitars, but there are just too few moments of distinction, too few tracks that demand a replay. I'm hearing this in reverse order to their sophomore, Awakening Pestilent Beings, and I admit that I actually prefer this over that later work. Certainly this is not bad (neither album is). There's an obvious audience for the style, and if you dream of amputation and devouring human innards, you could do far worse. But despite the crushing consistency the band mete out, it's just not something I'd go out of my way for.

-autothrall
http://www.fromthedustreturned.com

Brutal Death That Will Rip Your Flesh Off - 90%

MetalStrikesDown, February 12th, 2009

This is a breath of fresh air. Nearly anyone will agree with me, the festering pool of Brutal Death Metal today is getting so large it is really hard to find the diamonds in the rough. Bands today are usually only concerned with popularizing themselves with the "scene" that has apparently made Brutal Death popular; it is usually closely related to the Deathcore scene. More often than not, I find myself seeing shows that include both Brutal Death band and Deathcore bands, throwing most of both of these genres into a shithole.

Now that that's off my back I can say that this album fucking tears your face off. Not only does it constantly pound away at your eardrums, you will remember it and think some of the worst thoughts imaginable. This band uses the silly little samples from movies or other things, but this time people may have actually heard these before. With some of the most hilarious song titles one could think of, it also gives you insight as to how "brutal" the music is. What isn't original on this album? The vocals and drums, but there is nothing wrong with them really. The drums basically stick to the same beat the whole time while being brutal. The vocals fit perfectly with the sound of the music. The music is often times really heavy and chugging and the solos are actually quite jaw-dropping when proper attention is paid to them. Pinch harmonics are used frequently on this album.

So what new ideas does Gortuary bring to the table? Well they don't really bring anything new except a way to write Brutal Death Metal to make it memorable and flesh-ripping. Manic Thoughts of Perverse Mutilation will obliterate other bands in the genre and make them sound like nursery rhymes.


Originally written for http://metalcrypt.com

Very Good Brutal Death - 85%

brocashelm, December 31st, 2008

Hailing from California, Gortuary, bring us a big, stinking cauldron of bloody fecal deathgrind. You already know what this sounds like in the abstract, so let's get specific. The vocals are effective but nondescript, the kind of guttural bowel noises prerequisite for the genre, but nothing more. But unlike some other goregrind acts, the band do have chop and brains, and know that blasting away at full throttle velocity loses it's extremity very quickly. That's not to say the band don't know how to let the blast beats loose; they do, but they also manage doomy breakdowns, mid-tempo, slashing riffage and even some technical guitar flares as well. As for the production, it's friggin loud man. Everything is right up front excepting the vocals which are back a touch in the mix, the drums and guitars constantly mauling at your face and neck. The only beef I have is with the sometimes tinny sound of the drums, which could be a lot more deep and booming. But on the whole this is a very respectable debut from a band clearly in love with it's respective genre. Much better than their bog-standard moniker and song titles would lead you to believe, truly.