Conceived in Sewage ( Relapse Records)
This is the fourth album to date from DEVOURMENT and it is excellent! With nine tracks clocking in at just over thirty five minutes, there is no fooling around. ERIK RUTAN (Mana Recording Studios) does a masterful job with the production of this album, making it the band’s best sounding in their seventeen plus year career. The cover art by COKI GREENWAY makes me want to but that shirt right now. Seriously, the cover art alone is worth the price of admission.
This album starts off with one of the finest guttural wails I’ve heard in a while. Vocalist RUBEN ROSAS really shines with his powerful phrasing and a strong clarity in his growls. With songs like “Fucked with Rats” and “Heaving Acid”, his voice at times reminds me of DYING FETUS but that’s not a bad thing at all. There’s a lot of well placed blasting all over the record thanks to ERIK PARKS drumming. On “Fifty Ton War Machine” his playing just makes me smile. “Today We Die, Tomorrow We Kill” is just insanely good. It’s my favorite song on here. CHRIS ANDREWS (bass) has a massive presence on this album also. On opening track “Legalize Homicide” he busts out the album’s only solo type part. Guitarist MIKE MAJEWSKI simply shreds on “Parasitic Eruption” and the title track “Conceived in Sewage” has a tone on here that’s very distinct.
DEVOURMENT doesn’t just stick to one style of death metal, they keep mixing it up. There isn’t one song or point on here where it starts to feel boring. They even have an a killer interlude with “March to Meggiddo”. My only complaint if you can call it that, is “Carved in Ecstasy” should have been the closing track. It has one of those sludgey endings I really dig. This album has good everything: performances, songs, mixing and cover art. I wish they were playing a show tonight.
Omar “@Ojayy666” Cordy