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Decent enough, could be better - 77%

deathmetal69_, August 14th, 2019

The debut album by the brutal death kings Putridity. Not really an amazing or memorable record, but it exists, and it's not horrible. This album is decent, and again; it's the band's beginner work.

I like the intro. It's horrific and scary and provides what the theme of the album is and how the music will be. The songs are filled with energy and disgust, the cover art and the music actually go great together, it's almost like it's the same thing or something, if that makes sense.

Songwriting is very good of course, I like the structures and speed on every one. But that doesn't mean this album is good overall.

The main issue I have with this album is the drums. The kick drums are too loud, they sound empty and they're always there, just deep in your ears nonstop, the snare is incredibly weak and boring, the drums provide zero backbone at all pretty much. A crappy weak snare with an ear-pearcing double kick? One thing I really hate. It'll eventually get past you, but yeah. The only backbone this album truly has is the guitars, and even those aren't great either. When I say they aren't GREAT I'm not saying they aren't GOOD, they are good, just simply not "great". The guitars are the trademark Putridity low-tuned chuggy mid-paced strumming and squeals thing over and over, which I really do love. But the way this album's style is written makes it not as good as it could be. This is wasted potential. The demo was a blueprint for the debut and what it should be like, but what we actually have is a slight pullback. Questionable stuff.

Also, on this release a full band has been formed. No longer Ciccio by himself. We have BrutalDave on drums, Alessandro on bass, and again Ciccio on guitars and vocals. This album is a decent enough effort, but this is kinda disappointing for a full band's work. A self-proven demo followed by a full length that isn't as promising as the actual demo? What a kick in the water.

But besides all the bad parts, that doesn't mean the album is ALL bad. Yeah, the sound of everything isn't all that amusing, but at least the songs are listenable and are enjoyable most of the time. This album isn't necessarily bad, I just think this could've been way better if more thought was put into it.

Again to clarify, not a horrible album. It's good. It just needs some work and etc. Once you listen to this you'll definitely understand what exactly I'm trying to say here.

This may sound like a negative review, but I'm only covering the bad parts because they need to be noticed. I'm middle grounded with this album. But again, all these bad parts doesn't make the entire album "bad". All im saying is that there's tons of room for improvement here.

I just prolapsed... - 74%

Charlo, February 6th, 2011
Written based on this version: 2007, CD, Permeated Records

Putridity is one of those bands that play "brutal/technical death metal", a genre which has exploded in popularity in the last five years. They bludgeon and dismember their way through twenty minutes of pure death metal assault, but is it any good?

The first thing I noticed about this band is the drummer. He is quite high in the mix and his bass drums are extremely prominent (although not as meaty as I would like), so you'll be sure to hear how hard he's abusing those poor pedals. The snare drum is also quite exposed, so the overall effect is to make the blasting sections drown out all the other instruments. Nevertheless, the drumming is one of the strong points on this album, as the beats are constantly changing and they are always quite complex.

Unlike many brutal tech death bands, Putridity doesn't feel compelled to bash you over the head with the technicality of their guitarist. The few instances of unnecessary guitar doodling are compensated for by the heavy riffs that dominate the songs. Crushing slams are used with somewhat more moderation than you would expect, meaning they make more of an impact when they do arrive at your ears. However, while Putridity have shed some of the less desirable aspects of brutal death metal, they still couldn't kick the habit of throwing in pinch harmonics at every turn. This habit is annoying and I wish bands would stop doing this.

The vocalist is good. Pig squeals are not his forte I guess, so he simply gurgles and regurgitates his way through the album. He has a problem with enunciation just like every other brutal death metal vocalist, but it's okay; the lyrics aren't worth listening to anyway, unless you just discovered death metal four minutes ago and haven't yet realized that Cannibal Corpse was exploring the "gore and zombies" motif two decades ago. You can take one look at the nonsensical song titles (which usually just combine three unrelated "brutal" words) and figure out that this band doesn't do anything interesting in that realm.

The biggest downfall of this album is that it isn't very catchy at all. No song stays in one style long enough to give it any character. Each song just switches endlessly between slams, blasts, and plain mid-paced death metal, and in the end, every song sounds like every other song (barring the intro and outro, which have some lame horror movie samples to pad the length of the disc). The production could also be better; the guitars are slightly too muddled (a little bit of muddle is good, of course) and the bass is only audible when it plays the requisite four beats of solo every song.

Overall, this is a good album. Minus the samples, it clocks in at around twenty minutes, which is enough to get your skull smashed in without being bored by the end of it. Putridity timed this release perfectly when the genre was just taking off, so it doesn't sound as derivative as the wave of similar albums we have seen in the last year. If they keep doing what they're doing and unlock the secret to writing a memorable song, they will be a force in the genre for years to come.

Putridity - Mental prolapse induces necrophilism - 75%

Phuling, August 18th, 2009

When I first read that Permeated had signed Putridity I thought it was the Polish act by the same name (as I had never heard of the Italian one), and I was thrilled since I absolutely love their stuff. But after a while I of course realized it was an entirely different Putridity, and with a couple of guys from Corpsefucking Art this can’t be all that bad.

So have you heard a band called Enmity? Did you like it? Well, then you’re gonna love this. Oh, so you hated it... Well, you might actually like this anyway. "Mental prolapsed induces necrophilism" is one of those albums that goes for that ultra blasting, ultra brutal, ultra gory death metal, much like the previously mentioned band. But thankfully they have enough technical adeptness and breaks to pull it off and make it tolerable. Brutal death metal is without a doubt a big favourite of mine, but I can’t stand some of the mindless blasting I get to hear every once in a while, when a band think they’re good by just being brutal (or should I say br00tal).

The technicality is good, they throw in enough screechy guitar breaks to let you know they have talent as well; they can do more than just blast. But blast they surely do, and despite that the drum department presents quite a lot of variation. They slickly go from a straight-forward blasting death metal recipe to a sudden halt, where the slow, heavy, chugging riffs get your attention. And with the different drum patterns and tempo changes they ease up on the ultra-brutality. Sure, there might not be any particular rememberable riffing, or even song for that matter, but they still manage to deliver really kick ass shit. The musicianship is great and the tunes flow fairly fluent, in and out of the heavy breaks. Vocally it’s pretty much just straight-forward gurgling growls; indecipherable and gory-as-hell (you know, when you at times think he might be just exhaling into the mic). At times there are some variations to it with some minor piglet squeals deeper growls, but the main-part is just grunts. This works pretty well with the overall recipe, although I can’t say it’s always that easy to read along with the lyrics.

But despite the good results making ultra blasting, ultra brutal, ultra gory death metal not so mindless, there’s still some departments that could use some improvement. Well, ok mostly just one; the production. The drumming sounds rather thin, and the guitars (while certainly sounding heavy) are also a little on the thin side. A more chunky sound would definitely complement this well, letting it carry a much bigger punch. And the length is also annoying. If you’d remove the intro and outro (over half of "Pursue the suicidal breed" is just a sample outro) the album’s only about 22 minutes long, making it more of a MCD instead of a fullength.

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