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Meat and potatoes dm from the late '90s - 70%

Byrgan, December 14th, 2010

At a quick glance, this wouldn't win a personality contest. The songs: "Dying Inside of Death" (Grim Reaper lose his touch?), "Painful Defecation" (This one was conceived while...), "Expressao Mascarada" (Brazilian cappuccino, anyone?), "Gory Days" (Should have been a global holiday), "And the Rest, Just Lamentation" (Far from it).

Brazil's Necroterio went out and decided to give a black eye or three to well-known death metal at that point in '99 on their debut "Lament of Flesh." Now, this didn't come over the top and show anyone up with musical merit, banners didn't display and horns didn't sound, but instead the band takes it back to the primitive roots of where some of the genre came from before it got all technical and overproduced. This is straightforward death metal that relies on maximum heaviness and plenty of hooks to assault your ears, and not a whole lot more.

The sound has a dark layer to slightly obscure the instruments, but, at the same time, doesn't soup them into an indistinguishable mush, or even cramp their sound down to a feeble low volume when charging ahead. It's chunky due to everything being maxed out with bass, but the lights-turned-down sound adds another chill to a dish the band serves out cold with their unflinching death metal playing. This is made up of deep and fuzzy guitars, a bass with a case of the burps, and just as dirty drums that luckily have a somewhat higher tuned snare to guide you through the swampy environment.

There's not a lot of musicianship to get tangled up in with "Lament of Flesh." There's not even a solo or pinch harmonic in sight. Necroterio shuffle around similar forms of playing that find the deepest areas and then attempt to knock over a few unbraced metal-heads standing around dumbfounded. This isn't completely tight or even thoroughly loose either. The drummer does lose some steam when blasting, but it's kind of obscured with the other instruments and effects. This has two vocal types: one's an ultra hideous low, the other comes in occasionally with pained screams. This switches between energetic mid-sections and peaks to blasts. The band does give some breathing room, as they aren't entirely blazing right through, or are letting their guard down and playing it safe in a middle ground either. Specifically "Ages of Fear" has some portions that sound unmistakeably close to Carcass on "Symphonies of Sickness."

The intro and outro might be a surprise. The intro plays a simplistic spooky sounding effect while higher placed keys creepily chime overtop. The outro is actually quite tranquil, with a smooth clean guitar playing to higher toned strings, and then finished off with pattering rain drops. There's only roughly 24 minutes of actual metal excluding the intro/outro, and if it was any longer, it might not have worked to their advantage. There are faults to be found and this is technically just another savage band amongst a myriad of others. Then again, this is a release that offsets all of the complexities and grand compositional skills of another and acts as a back-burner or side-dish that's dependable. If you'd prefer major deviation with your metal entree, then this might pose a plain tasting obstacle, as it's tried and true and pretty much only works towards getting that head to continuously bang instead of the tumblers to turn within.