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Amagortis: Intrinsic Indecency
Brutal Death Metal
Brutal Bands
July 30th, 2010
Release length: 30:23
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Amagortis is a Brutal Death Metal act from Switzerland that formed back in 2001. Over the years, the band has gone through the trials of having to replace band members consistently, having lost six members, all from different jobs within the band, since the group formed. Despite all that, Intrinsic Indecency marks the band’s third full-length offering, and shows that the band has not really lost their edge despite the rotating door of cast members. Of course, this doesn’t reflect the more standard Brutal Death concepts that are utilized in the recording, making it for a decent listen, but is it anything worth going out of your way over?

While Intrinsic Indecency is an enjoyable album, it isn’t necessarily one of the best releases. Much of the music seems to stem from plenty of pre-existing Brutal Death Metal styles, though the music can often be a little slower then some Brutal Death Metal acts, but the overall heaviness and burdening atmosphere is still there somewhat. Some of the tracks on this release really hit the listener hard, such as “Lacerate.Sever.Burn.”, which finds the music jumping between a hammering faster pace to a slower shugging approach that takes on a more straight forward Death Metal sound, but keeps the Brutal aspect alive due to the vocals utilized throughout it.

Of course, some of the tracks will have audio clips attached to them, such as on the “Drenched in Diarrhea”, which starts off with a quote from the television series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia about alcohol, and the actor burning a building down with a bag of burning feces. Some of the samples on here seem to be somewhat related to the lyrical topics, or are at least very short, such as with “Misplaced Mastectomy”, but other times they just feel a little tacked on, as well as are just a little longer then they actually should be. These also make for nice segways between the tracks, and with “Intrinsic Indeceny”, it’s shown perfectly by using an audio sample at the start of the latter track, but it’s use quick enough, and also about the same topic matter as “Intrinsic Indecency”, so that it sounds like the song actually didn’t end yet.

While the music on Intrinsic Indecency is not necessarily bad, and often follows a general Brutal Death Metal approach, it does suffer from a rather raw recording quality. The production of the album sounds nice, but the problem is that it comes off a little weaker then it should have been, causing a slightly raw quality to the recording, which in turn makes some of the music sound empty and hollow. This is pointed out right away with “Anal Apoptosis”, as well as a number of other songs, and moments in songs, such as during “Cannibal Obsession”. There are also a few moments scattered about on the recording where the music goes into a breakdown, such as on “2 S.H.C.”, which starts with a muffled recording of a girl saying “cum fart cocktails, and ends in a very unconventional manner due to some clucking sounds, then abruptly ending and hitting an audio clip from the television show South Park discussing Japanese girls puking into each other’s mouths at the start of “Acrotomophiliac”. Obviously, the typical audio samples are present, but just not from the sources one might expect.

Just by looking at the artwork, it’s almost understood what the listener would be getting from Amagortis. Intrisic Indecency is a pretty standard Brutal Death Metal release, using audio samples to set up a generally disgusting or awkward segway between tracks, and focusing on gutteral vocals, but moreso the inhaled ones that sounds like deeper pig squeels. There’s plenty of unconventional elements to the recording, and those really make the release stand out a little more. The music, however, sounds hollow on many songs, which does wind up hurting the album a bit in the long run. While Intrinsic Indecency isn’t anything too special musically, it still has a solid foundation, though a lower replay quality for some.

01. Anal Apoptosis – 2:24
02. Lacerate.Sever.Burn. – 2:10
03. Misplaced Mastectomy – 2:49
04. Intrinsic Indecency – 2:13
05. Drenched in Diarrhea – 2:36
06. Carnivorous Crackpipe Consumption – 2:58
07. If You Can’t Fuck It, Duct It – 2:30
08. Methamatics of Panic – 2:29
09. Cannibal Obsession – 2:22
10. Pulmonary Insemination – 2:42
11. 2 S.H.C. – 1:10
12. Acrotomophiliac – 3:53
Overall Score: 6/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Brutal Bands.