Horrific Demise – Excruciating Extermination

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label URL: https://www.comatosemusic.com
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://comatosemusic.bandcamp.com/album/excruciating-extermination
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/HorrificDemise/

Band Line-up:

Matt Bishop – Guitars
Anthony Voight – Vocals
Tony Tipton – Guitars
Kyle Christman – Drums
Phil Good – Bass

Tracklisting:

1. Born From Brutality
2. Suicidal Frenzy
3. Maggot Ridden Human Feast
4. Cleansing the Putrescense
5. Apogee of Blasphemy
6. Religious Apocalypse
7. Introduction to Atrocity
8. Voracious Cravings
9. Until Only We Remain

Review:

Horrific Demise are a death metal group on Comatose Music who will be releasing their debut album ‘Excruciating Extermination’ on September 6th. The idea of the band has dwelled in the brain of guitarist Matt Bishop since 2005. During that time, he made a name for himself in the brutal death metal scene, playing with Lividity for ten years. In 2013, a meeting with guitarist Tony Tipton of Necrotic Disgorgement, and Regurgitation inspired the man and the soon to be duo’s first songs with HD began to materialise. Over the next five years, the band would be fully formed. 

The way expert shred guitars are mixed with often relatively uncreative and highly typical riffing is a little out of place, perhaps. (In comparison, imagine Steve Vai deciding to play for an unspectacular covers band – Ok, I’m exaggerating to make a point). It’s almost as if some of the songs are demo tracks demonstrating the things guitars and amps can do, rather than them being serious pieces of music. To be fair, many of the riffs have an interesting syncopation to them and are somewhat notey, it’s the drumming that really lets the album down. Whilst it’s very impressive the way the percussionist can play his double pedals at 100 beats a second or whatever, he needs to be more creative. After a few minutes the blast beats get annoying. Changing the speed of his beats isn’t enough. 

If none of the above bothers you, you’re just wanting a really heavy experience, unfortunately, the drums aren’t always as tight as they could be, but instead create a little bit of a sloppy sound at times. The snare is weak in tone, too. The choice of kit does produce a pretty cool effect, but again, it’s not exactly brutal sounding. Disappointingly, all of the flaws just described persist throughout most of the album, and all the songs are rather similar to each other. Songs such as ‘Cleansing the Putrescense’ do have moments of more creative drumming, and if the beats were more often like the ones in that, this album could have been at least partially saved. Yes, that’s a lot of criticism about the rhythm section, but it really does stand out. 

In conclusion, if you like guitar based wigouts with speed picking, tapping and sweep picking, this album may be for you. I won’t talk any more about the you know what. There are issues with ‘attention grabbingness’, as so much of the material is flat out and lacking the variation that makes things interesting, but then again some people like almost constant insanity. (Yes the many slower sections that there are, are also mostly crazy thanks to the rampant kicks – whoops I mentioned the drums again). If you are such a person who does enjoy madness, you may completely disagree with a lot of my criticisms, but you can’t deny that many of the riffs sound the same as each other. Buy this album because of the fun of it, not because it’s deep.

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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