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Melody in goregrind? Oh yeah! - 94%

DaddyZeus67, January 18th, 2009

I don't know where to begin with now when I start writing all this's Regurgitate's 3rd full-length CD which I bought somewhat blindly. I simply wanted a Regurgitate CD but there was no Carnivorous Erection in the store so I looked at this one and noticed the song Waging War On Benevolence in the track list. I had seen the vid of that particular song and thought the song kicked ass so without a doubt I bought this one expecting to get a stereotypical Regurgitate CD i.e. Carnivorous Erection but instead it was something very different.

Let's start with the vocals. Now when I said I expected a stereotypical Regurgitate release I meant brutal grindcore music with pitch shifted gurgle vocals all over it. Now there is pitch shifted vocals here but Rikard does more high pitched shrieks here and much less gurgles. Almost everything here is screaming and the old pitch shifted gurgles only appear in certain songs. And even then it's just one or maybe a couple sections of those songs.

And the song titles (these guys don't write any lyrics so I'll just talk about the titles) weren't what I was expecting either. There's not too much "I Wanna Kill" or "To Boil A Corpse" here but more mature and less gory themes such as "Embrace Obscenity And Kiss The Eruption Of Destruction", "Annihilation Meets Depravation", "Systematic Demoralization" and "Life Falls Before Our Feet". Couple names like "Drowning In Filth", "Visions Of Sodomy", "Lobotochrist" and "Twisted Rhymes Of Perversion" are more similar to their old ideas but other than that their attitude has changed a lot on this album.

Instruments however didn't surprise me so much, maybe a more raw production could have been expected.

So apparently Regurgitate had chosen a whole new direction with Deviant and left their earlier characteristics for less. At first I was kinda disappointed with all this stuff though I still thought the music is awesome. But later on I started to realize what this CD is truly all about; melody, darkness, atmosphere. And as soon as I got it, I started looking at Deviant open-mindedly in a whole different view and loved it all over.

Production is very dark and atmospheric here but it's still clear and you can hear all instruments well. Guitar tone is something really....different. It's not like distorted to fucking hell though it's still heavily distorted but it sounds more ear-friendly than you'd expect and it's also like really dark and kind of melodic, I can't really explain it. There's like a kind of melody in every riff on this CD, even when the band is just smashing chords for straight up brutality there's still a kind of darkly melodic atmosphere all over it. You'll be able to either madly headbang to the music or sit down and concentrate on the atmosphere and darkness.

There is actually couple solos in this record as well. From out of 27 songs and 32 minutes of kick-ass goregrind there is 2 guitar solos added in and performed by none other than the band's own Urban Skytt. First solo appears on "The Ultimate Enslavement". Now this solo isn't very special or anything, just some mindless shred for couple seconds and that's it. Then the other solo occurs in "Crossed Out Existence", this time with very thoughtful composition and good melody. In the middle of the song the drums and vocals go all silent leaving the guitars in with a pretty weird riff and then the other instruments kick in again and the solo comes. Again, it's short and just couple seconds long but the solo still has some great mood and melody in it.

Bass guitar is quite audible all over the album but really distorted and down tuned. Plus Johan is using a pick and thus making the bass guitar sound even more raw and less ear-friendly. This is very easy to notice in parts where guitars go silent and you can only hear the bass with possible drums in the background but it's no negative aspect or anything. In fact it really adds something to the already dark atmosphere of Deviant.

And certain sections in most of these songs do indeed have some melodic yet very heavy guitar work put in there. They may have taken some influence from the Swedish melodeath (Gothenburg) or maybe these guys just wanted to try something new. The riffing on Deviant differs from straight up chord smash riffs to some more groove based stuff to this melodic and really atmospheric guitar work, for example the opening riffs in "Seal Your Doom" and "Exterminate The Virtuous" and especially the final track "Life Falls Before Our Feet". Now this song is certainly the epitome of dark and melodic grindcore atmosphere, starting with a slow and breath-taking riff then going on with another brilliantly dark riff pelted with atmosphere. Drum beat goes fast here and the vocals kick in too. Soon the riff changes again to a more heavy based guitar work. The song builds up to a blast beat at the end while taking in a completely mind-blowing and atmospherically crushing riff with very aggressive scream vocals in the background. The song finally finishes with a long regurgitating scream of Rikard Jansson as the drums stop and this same amazing riff then slowly fades away. You must actually listen to this song all the way through, then you'll know exactly what I mean.

The drummer is a huge plus to this album and the overall sound of the band since he does NOT use any triggers at all! After getting used to constant tic-tic-tic-tic sound of loud and triggered drums in numerous brutal bands it is always a great thing to notice a band who still does it the old school way with nothing but raw power. No mechanized and fake shit here, just a real good drummer. Not to mention the mix is perfect. Double bass is all the way audible and the snare sounds great. Blast beats here aren't as fast as some of the most extreme death metal or grind bands out there like Rotten Sound, Brain Drill, Devourment, Last Days Of Humanity, Cliteater, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Nile etc. but I still think Jocke Petersson does great job here. At least he's a lot faster than the drummer in *cough* Cannibal Corpse....

Then we have Rikard Jansson and his awesome pitch shifted alien gutturals and very high banshee shrieks. His scream vocals are good and they sound pretty natural. It's obvious that Rikard doesn't need to force out any of those screams he delivers on Deviant and he has indeed specialized himself for this. And as said before, he now focuses on the screams and does relatively little gurgle vocals on this album but he does deliver some "normal" growls too. There's these high-ass shrieks and extreme low gurgles but Rikard also does some growls in between. Maybe he did it because it sounds cool or he wanted 3 dimensions for his vocals, I can't tell. But at the end he does some awesome job on this record and I enjoyed Rikard's vocals all over.

Now if you're madly in love with the old Regurgitate work and just want more records like that from these guys, there is no way you could appreciate this. But if you do love Effortless Regurgitation and Carnivorous Erection but also have an open mind for something new, there is a chance for you to like this CD like I do. If you're new to this band this is probably a solid introduction for you. If you just like grindcore in general you'll certainly like this. If you only like some grindcore that has intelligence and brilliance in it, there's no way you could dislike this CD. But if you hate all grindcore in general, this probably won't change your mind. I can't really recommend this to any certain groups of people, maybe you'll just like the aggression and brutality in here. But the only way to truly appreciate this awesome record is to see the creativity, the musical maturity and the genius aspects in it.

Horns up for this one. I hope this band will live long!

It's good, but why'd they get rid of the splatter? - 69%

the16th6toothson, May 17th, 2005

If the cult-gore hounds were disappointed with Regurgitate before surely they’re cursing the gods (in this case Carcass) even more so after hearing (or is that refusing to hear?) the newest effort from Sweden’s most aurally decimating act.

Nearly void of any vomitous pitch shifting heaving that is bordering ridiculousness, one would initially think this isn’t even the same band that wrote such grotesque tunes just a few years ago. It was that particular style of hideously lovable vocal putrefaction that made post various seven inches and splits Regurgitate what they were almost entirely. It’s still there, but it’s very rare. Replacing boiling, bubbling, churning, up-chuckery are hard core styled yells, rabid barking and layered vocal rants.

Musically the band hasn’t strayed too far from their recent style, especially since the original tracks on the previous release “Hatefilled Vengeance”. It’s still ultra blasting, melody-less, rapid fire, rabid & wired, skin peeling GRIND godamn CORE! It’s just now the gore factor has almost been plucked entirely from the equation. Even the song titles aren’t what they used to be, forget more “Ruptured Remains in a Doggy Bag” like titles, we’re dealing with a “mature” Regurgitate now.

Songs like “Amphigory” and “Lobotochrist” though still have the same “stop-start-groove-grind-what the hell, only Regurgitate can get away with THAT kind of riffing” that gloriously littered “Carnivorous Erection” (still my preferred material from the band), but for the most part everything here has a more “From Enslavement…” Napalm Death style of grind. A seething, incinerating, whirlwind of riffing approach.

Unfortunately though that’s where this album goes wrong in that it’s a much less varied effort than the previously mentioned “Carnivorous Erection” as well as the classic comparison of “F.E.T.O.”. Not that “Deviant” is instantly forgettable, nor a chore to enjoy, only that when stacked up next to both “Carnivorous Erection” and “Hatefilled Vengeance” it falls unfortunately flatter than it should have.

The Production is handled by one Mierre Mongo in the famous Sound Lab Studios, but if you’re like me then you assumed that the Scott Burns of grind core Mieszko Talarczyk (RIP, you were one HELL of a mixer/engineer, i personally can't express how much of a loss you truely are...) mixed and mastered this piece of grind due to the abrasive nature of it all. The mastering is louder than a tornado siren and everything seemingly explodes from the speakers and detonates your skull from one ear drum to the other and back around to make sure EVERY last bit of cerebral content is expelled.

Going back to the music at hand there are 3 surprises: Regurgitate playing a solo (or what could be considered a solo) in “The Ultimate Enslavement”. And in the song following; “Systematic Demoralization” a drum intro similar to Carcass’s “Ruptured in Purulence” takes place before of course obliterating ALL with a standard blast routine. And then even ANOTHER solo appears on “Crossed out Existence”.

Aside from a few stand out moments it’s a fairly standard grinding album, exactly what you would expect from Regurgitate following “Hatefilled Vengeance”, but if you were at all disappointed with that recording I can’t recommend you towards purchasing “Deviant”.

With it’s noticeable faults aside this is highly recommended to grindcore fans, but still not recommendable to the gore freaks. I would also suggest this to any extreme music fan who loves a band to be untouchably tight. I don’t think there ever has been or ever will be a grind band as precise as Regurgitate are on “Deviant”

For you gore fiends I say just wait for the new Last Days of Humanity-you know they’ll deliver the pus spattering, brains from a split skull oozing, rancid pulp for genitals gore.

Very good goregrind. - 85%

LifeInAFireBox, January 19th, 2005

I'm not a hater of grind. But I'm not a lover either. But, I can definetly appriciate the pure crazy energy of a good grind album. As many co-reivews have written of grind, the songs are generally ridiculously short, and may sound all alike if you don't listen to grindcore (or if the band is simply bad, in which case, it is true) - but, that is not the case with Regurgitate.

Super high-energy, death/punk fused gorey madness. And yes, the songs do have variety, and no, they don't all sound the same. The riffage here is so insane, and much more tolerable and ... more thoughout than most grind. The vocals range from top-of-his-lungs screams, to bowel-sent gutterally low growls.

There's enough groove and rhythmic changes here to please average anti-grinder (or at least stop them from complaining about it). When you do get a punkish feel from the music, it's not of the weak kind. It's furious and unrestrained, not weak, goofy sounding stuff like some grindcore bands. There are some seriously killer death metal riffs here, in the vein of Misery Index.

As in most grind, there are some clips at the start and end of songs, for some good effect. They're not over used, or overly-long, fortunately.

No ridiculously high screams, or stupid non-sense vocals. No overly sloppy druming, in fact, the drumming is very good. And a lot more variety than most grind, in the guitar section, and in the song structure, arrangment, and sound all together. This is good grind. If you don't like this, you are definetly a hater of grind. For any grindcore fan - this is a must.

Can't make music, this album is unlistenable - 4%

Shadow0fDeath, May 29th, 2004

Well i have to say i pity this band. The vocals are plain unlistenable. It sounds like it was recorded on a 4 track with the mic track settings on mic...which in other words means it's over distorted and perfect for giving people a migrane and proving the vocalist has no talent what so ever.

Like the common grindcore songs rang from 30 seconds and 2 minutes. And while writing this review i admit the songs sound exactly the hear the same fucking guitar riff every other song, if it's not one of them it's the other, and the vocalist always has the same over annoying screaming. I'm not a huge grindcore fan but i like goregrind and this is one goregrind album to stay away from.

I won't comment on the drums, it's the exact thing in every song, proves the drummer is just as weak as the vocalist and guitarist. This album is plain pitiful and and unlistenable. Complete worthless crap, by the fifth song i was ready to chuck my stereo out the window. This is the biggest crapfest i've seen in music. But hey that's grindcore for you. A majority of grindcore is meant to be generic 1 minute songs. Take the meat shits for example, regurgitate is the same thing. Unlistenable crap that makes me want to slam my head against the wall every second i hear their stuff.

The guitar i can digest despite the fact it gets boring. So i give this band 4 points for that. But overall it's a worthless album that i am sad to say i had to listen to. I found it at a store and decided the name and cover seemed like a goregrind band. They are. But the biggest dissapointment for that genre. Don't get this album. Unless you're into 1 minute repetitive retarded ass spillage. That's basically what it is. I can scream at the top of my lungs, and get my band mates to play random shit and we'll be just as good as these guys! No talent in the band whatsoever! Stay away from this album!

Grindcore at its best! - 90%

gorefuck, October 9th, 2003

Take early Napalm Death, give it Terrorizer speed, and then throw in some groove parts and you get Regurgitates newest album! I was used to Reguritates earlier music, that was very heavy, but got boring fairly fast. In this album however, I was surprised as to how impressive it is. They kept the same heaviness, but put in some much faster parts and put in the odd groovey riff to keep it interesting. They even put in some melodic parts! They still kept the same theme of lyrics, but changed the vocals. Instead of the usual gurgling, the use a lot more screaming. I find it helps keep this album at a faster paced feeling. The layout of the cd is good to. There are some songs that sound a bit the same, but at least they arn't near echother on the cd.

From Effortless Regurgitation of Bright Red Blood, this band has come a long way. If you listen to the 2 albums next to eachother, you can hear the very obvious improvement in talent, layout, creativity, and production. This album is a must-have for any grindcore fan!