The masters of the macabre are back, and finally getting their due. AUTOPSY are dropping the utterly filthy The Headless Ritual. To be honest, they aren’t breaking any new ground here, but this is a pecking cool record. If you’re a fan of these guys, you will not be disappointed. If you’re not a fan, you should be. Their unique brand of stoner death metal is, well, unique. There are barked vocals, mid-paced passages, blasts and, of course, death metal. Heavy and disgusting. You’d need a dust buster to get the crust off of this. The production here is cleaner than a lot of the prior releases, and in this case it helps to augment the blow. This is pure death metal the way it needs to be played: raw and nasty. Go “peck” this up today. 8 Fucking Pecks.
Holy peck, want something heavy? COFFINS’ The Fleshland will fulfill that desire. WOW. Considering they only had a handful of splits and a couple full-lengths, this birdbrain wasn’t sure how the debut on Relapse would go. Well, it’s beaking HEAVY. Death rock more in the death vein, the new lineup doesn’t disappoint. These songs are so low that I’m sure there’s frequencies that only rocks can hear. Now a four-piece — think Celtic Frost tuned to “Z” — these Tokyo doomsters will kick you in the dick indeed. And as your fine feathered friend has seen them live, I can attest that they are heavy as peck. The cleaner production gives a bit of clarity; older fans may gripe a little, but pay no mind, as this is as heavy and brutal as any of their previous offerings — and maybe heavier. Get run over by a steamroller and you’d still feel better than after listening to this. Excellent. 8 Fucking Pecks.
Polish trio SQUASH BOWELS release Grindcoholism , and after years of slugging it out in the bowels of the underground (see how I did that?), they’re finally getting a little attention now that Selfmadegod is pumping this. This is death/gore-grind, I mean, it’s hard to be more descriptive than that. Heavy, fast, deep vocals that sometimes that go into pig territory, plus blasts. These guys have been around forever and this isn’t going to win very many new fans, but it’s fast, raw and heavy. Kudos for the name. A solid release. 6 Fucking Pecks.