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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.