April 14th, 2014
Release length: 33:31
Execute the Innocent carries a crisp audio quality that accentuates everything just right. From the deeper rumbling of the bass guitar to the commanding drums and traditional Death Metal buzz, it all nearly guarantees a solid experience. Brewed and Canned bring in a great deal of energy to capture groove-heavy riffs with bouts of technical brutality and more. “Multiple Bone Injection” carries a modern Cannibal Corpse intensity that fuels the understandable yet punishing range of the guttural vocals. The very brief twanging bass guitar solo is a nice touch before being assaulted with a steady mixture of commanding complexity to the riffs, and some simpler passages and bridges with a chorus that demands your obedience much like that of “Slaves Shall Serve” by Behemoth. Of course the general commanding nineties Death Metal sound and earlier mentioned influence is felt throughout the album, but there’s still a good deal of variety to be found that keeps this recording from being just another bout of idol worship.
“Behind 8 Doors” is a slower paced cut with a heavy focus on the bass to set a rhythm that you simply can’t resist headbanging to. The vocals are restrained enough to stick with the pace, in no way undermining the crushing environment, only showing some additional enthusiasm with the speed picks up to a mid-tempo approach towards the end. “Into Slavery” even incorporates that speed towards the end, showing traces of Stoner Rock and Metal influence to create a psychadelic atmosphere complimented by a deeply toned spoken word section. Think Pantera and mid-career Lamb of God that work with the mid-tempo pace of the performance and nicely controlled drums.
“Breathing the End” does find the pace picking up somewhat. This isn’t as intense as “Multiple Bone Injection,” nor is it the piece of grinding madness you might expect given the less than two minute length. Instead you get a steady mid-tempo performance from start to finish that doesn’t let up until the very end, getting to the point without wasting a moment. And then there’s “Perverse Reflections,” which starts off with a similar slower approach, but it’s used to build tension similar to early introductions or narratives you would find on a White Zombie or Megadeth album. There isn’t much to the majority of this song you didn’t hear on “Behind 8 Doors,” though it does carry a stunning Neoclassical Heavy Metal guitar solo that is as grand as the Slayer-grade technical intensity mixed in, making the slow burn well worth it.
Next to the amount of slower material that does begin to get repetitive after a while, the biggest gripe to be had is at the very end. “Vomiting Liquified Innards” shares the complexity in the solo, but there’s also some moody melodies that add some depression to the crushing controlled pace. The shift to technical riffs about two minutes, however, feels like the band is stretching, forcing it through an abrupt change that just doesn’t quite work out. The song itself also seems a bit out of place. While most of the album oozes that nineties commanding aggression, this piece has more of a modern touch to it comparable to Dethklok‘s sound from season two and on of the Dethklok: Metalocalypse animated series. There’s also the fact that it simply should have been the closing track instead of “A Violent Maelstorm.” While it wraps things up nicely with a faster, aggressive piece similar to how the album starts out, you don’t get the same brooding sense of finality “Vomiting Liquified Innards” gives off through the entire performance until the guitar solo in the last minute. This is an absolute shame, and makes you wonder if someone just mixed up the last two tracks, as the progression through the two just seems flipped, skewing the closure that exists.
Execute the Innocent isn’t a unique album by any means, but that in no way means it doesn’t kick ass. The fact that Brewed & Canned formed back in 1998 can easily be felt in the obvious respect shown on every single riff or drum pattern on this album. You can tell the band, or at least the founding members at this point, had grown up listening to this brand of Death Metal, and have a great appreciation for it. Each song is handled with care, and doesn’t journey too far out of the way when experimenting like on “Into Slavery” or hammering you with grand Heavy Metal inspired guitar solos. Overall, if you’re a child of the nineties and were there when Cannibal Corpse appeared on the big screen during Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, or even if you just enjoy some groove-heavy brutality, this is definitely an album for you.
01. Multiple Bone Injection – 2:25
02. Behind 8 Doors – 3:21
03. Harvest – 3:10
04. Perverse Reflections – 4:25
05. Killfuckfeed – 2:44
06. Into Slavery – 3:45
07. Execute the Innocent – 2:34
08. Breathing the End – 1:56
09. Vomiting Liquified Innards – 4:12
10. A Violent Maelstorm – 4:59
|Initial Pressing Score: /10