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Mincing Fury And Guttural Clamour Of Queer Decay: Devolution
Brutal Death Metal, Goregrind
United Guttural Records
March 15th, 2011
  1. Requiem for a Fury - 2:35
  2. Rumiste DC - 1:15
  3. Devolution - 2:42
  4. Guys Who are Falling in the End - 1:25
  5. Machinka - 3:49
  6. Doctor from Mountains - 2:23
  7. Languish - 2:57
  8. Sea of Weakness - 1:51
  9. Blind (KoRn cover) - 3:25
  10. Drunken Mara - 2:24
  11. Lacenka - 1:19
  12. Shit Song - 1:10
  13. Lamentation - 2:24
  14. Heterosexual Testosterone Compressor - 2:51
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Review Information
Release length: 34:18
Review posted on June 1st, 2011
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Overall Score: 7.5/10
Discography Discography covers all information available up to day of review and is updated if future albums are reviewed.
Full-Length(s): Lamentations (2002) Eye for Eye (2004) 7 (2005) Devolution (2011)
Split(s): No Jokes with Devils (2003) Fuck the Facts/Mincing Fury and Guttural Clamour of Queer Decay (2009)
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Review
Mincing Fury and Guttural Clamour of Queer Decay is a band name that, if you heard it, you surely would remember hearing it. However, chances are good that, unless you love browsing the recomended videos section of Youtube or just are devoted fan of Goregrind or Brutal Death Metal, you've never heard of this group before. The band is from the Czech Republic, and formed back in 1996, but broke up in 2008 until reforming back in 2010. Since reforming, the group has signed with United Guttural Records to put out their third full-length recording, Devolution, which is chock full of music that is just as odd as their long name would hint at.

First of all, Devolution isn't really the most spellbinding of the Brutal Death Metal or Goregrind acts out there. In a sense, the band seems to take on ideas of the more mainstream heavier Alternative bands, as well as some of the bands from the early "Mallcore" (Nu-Metal) acts of the time by including turntable effects similar to something one might expect out of Slipknot, but not on every song. There are also times where bands like Soulfly really seem to have an impact on the listener earlier on in the release. Aside those musical references, the audio quality to Devolution goes to show a more modern and digital recording quality. The music and vocals are pretty clear with everything at respectable volume levels, including the bass which makes it's presence felt through much of the album.

The general concept of the music is a traditional performance of Brutal Death Metal material with spurts of Goregrind and traditional Grindcore blast beats scattered about. There are also the traditional Grindcore mocking tracks that appear throughout the album in songs that sound like they were original cover songs, but have become the band's own original material, such as "Devolution" with the more nasal childish vocals clean singing horribly off key and sounding whiny, though coming off strangely like a familiar Soulfly or Max Cavalera Groove-era Sepultura track. The main difference here is that there are high pitch "pig squeels" that appear in the chorus, which does detract a bit from any of those similarities, but it's literally only for a few moments. Devolution also has it's various audio samples throughout the release, and "Requiem for a Fury" sounds more like an instrumental one might expect for a film similar to The Godfather, a very dark track with a strong violin focus that fits a movie score then anything. It also builds up a bit of a dramatic opening to "Rumiste DC", and sadly the song doesn't really deliver the impact in the opening it's given and ultimately just feels like a short traditional Brutal Death Metal track with nothing really new or significant to it other then some audio samples immediately followed after a turntable effect of a record being scratch very briefly, which is something that appears on plenty of other tracks.

While the turntable effects typically seem to usher in more of the audio samples, there are plenty of times where the samples just come in normally to the music. There's a somewhat long spoken word clip that closes out "Machinka" that feels rather pointless to the song's end, but since it's in a language I don't speak, I can't quite say that for certain. This is actually a bit odd considering the lyrics are clearly in English. Either way, that sample is followed immediately by another audio sample to start off "Doctor from Mountains", which sounds more like something from a soap opera from the group's homeland. Again, the record scratching happens with audio samples following them at times, and despite the odd introduction, the song has a very strange approach that feels very solid and in your face, making the track really stand out and become one of the better tracks of Devolution up to this point. Tack in some random pig squeels to the mix, and you have some rather odd yet interesting material with that track, and the songs that follow. However, perhaps the most odd, or even unique, is the band's Brutal Death Metal and Goregrind interpretation of KoRn's hit song "Blind". For the most part, the introduction remains untouched, but then the music picks up intensity and just goes crazy for a little bit. There are some vocals that appear to mock the song more be a cover version in the band's own style, but overall the song is quite entertaining and, chances are good that if it weren't for the intro to the song, you wouldn't even know it was "Blind" in the first place.

While the material on Devolution can certainly be weird, especially with the case of the more Polka-inspired "Kacenka", the album has plenty of headbang worthy tracks, which also happen to include "Kacenka" for it's intensity and off-the-wall hybrid into the Brutal Death Metal and Goregrind sounds they already bring to the table. This also has a very weird audio clip, which basically introduces that Polka-like sound. The more jazz introduction on "Doctor from Mountains" even continues as it reappears on "Shit Song", which isn't really a headbang worthy song throughout, but it has it's moments. Other then that, you also have the title track "Devolution" which, regardless of the odd mocking nasal vocals, is still a pretty intense song with a nice groove to the Brutal Death Metal sound. The band's interpretation of "Blind" is also a song that will have you banging your head along to the music as much as "Guys Who are Falling in the End" will. Even "Heterosexual Testosterone Compressor" is catchy to a certain extent, even though it's just about nothing but pig squeels and even snorting. What makes the song enjoyable is the catchier music that has a slight groove to the Death Metal being played, though it doesn't quite feel like it has that brutal vibe to it other songs have, and the random moments of Grindcore are about what you would expect at that point of the release, though the more Static-X-like screaming vocals at the very end do close on a bit of a confusing note, even for this band.

In the end, Mincing Fury and Guttural Clamour of Queer Decay is a "unique" band. The group's approach of using audio samples may not be new or unique, but some of the sampels the group incorporates are definitely not your traditional samples for a Grindcore or Goregrind project, the vinyl scratching that appears really pushes the envelope of what is acceptable in Metal in general, and that the music just feels a bit off-the-wall at times. It's also hard to gauge what the band's intentions are with Devolution given that it seems like the group is taking themselves and the music seriously one minute, then the next they sound like they are mocking other bands, or just being generally silly with their material. It's not a bad album at all, and it's more unique sound does help in an Avante-Garde sense, but that's about it outside the various headbang worthy songs, but even that laundry list of tracks is just a small amount given the track list consisting of forteen songs. Devolution is something worth checking out with for the band's general experimentations throughout the recording, but unless you're a fan of Goregrind or devotes to Brutal Death Metal, chances are good you won't find yourself coming back to this release quite that often.
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Digital review copy of this release provided by:
United Guttural Records
via Clawhammer PR.


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