Twenty four years is a long time for any band to have lasted. When Vomitory finally called it quits in 2013 though, vocalist/guitarist Erik Rundqvist and drummer Tobias Gustafsson clearly didn’t feel they’d quite finished yet. Picking up ex-live Vomitory member and Coldworker guitarist Anders Bertilsson and vocalist/guitarist Andreas Björnson, best known for Fetus Stench, along the way, they set back out to continue exactly where they left off.
As the saying goes never say never. Deciding to call it quits with the classic old school Death Metal leanings of Vomitory it would seem that the decision to disband was in fact unbeknownst to the members themselves a red herring. Feeling the creative itch once more the principle members Tobias Gustafsson and bassist Eric Rundqvist decided to band together, holing themselves up in the studio the band at last decided to vent their creative blood lust in the form of Cut Up.
There are a few death metal bands that just instantly turn me into a foaming-at-the-mouth violent super-brute – Hail of Bullets, Vader, and Bloodbath. Those bands are the epitome of no-bullshit consistently killer riffs, consistently savage speed, consistently relentless song writing, and consistently skeleton-crushing grooves. Join Cut Up to that group.
The first two songs, “Enter Hell” and “Burial Time”, are an excessive double-whammy of adrenaline-inducing murder. It’s all meaty angular chord impacts and tremolo picked speed demon marathons. The opening of “Enter Hell” especially, when the main riff kicks you in the teeth immediately, is a fucking power surge. “Burial Time” is a similarly frantic-paced song but it also has an enjoyable slowdown midsection that builds up the intensity for the final revisit of its intro riff. The slower, lush (well, relatively speaking) cut “Remember the Flesh,” or the blazingly fast blast beats and twirling, buzzing riffs on “A Butchery Improved” and “Order of the Chainsaw. Speaking of particularly gruesome and often nonsensical song titles “Brain Cell Holocaust” fits snugly in the grisly niche. It’s not all slow rumblings however, for all-out attack “Camouflesh” sits high atop its perch.
Be it when the band kick it up with expeditious tracks like “Bunker Z16” or the dense lumbering of “Dead And Impaled“. Forensic Nightmares ensures that the listener knows this is not Vomitory version 2.0 and the band has created a fitting new breed. This is a must for any self-respecting Death Metal fan, likely to be overlooked by many this is one you don’t want to miss out on.
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