Detrimentum: Inhuman Disgrace

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Brutal Death Metal
Deepsend Records
2011
Release length: 44:13
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UK based Brutal Death Metal act Detrimentum formed back in 2001, but hasn’t put out much material since then. In 2002 they released their debut EP A Monument to the Suffering, which wasn’t followed up on for six years. In 2008, they finally issued their first full-length album, Embracing This Deformity. They continue to stick to the underground world for their second album, Human Disgrace, issued through DeepSend Records. But, is this a brutal assault on the senses, or just another drop in the bucket of the growing style that only the underworld would greatly appreciate?

The production of Inhuman Disgrace is pretty strong, largely capturing a somewhat dirty and bludgeoning sound with a modern digital trait. The guitars have a decent distortion to them for the most part, being a little on the heavier side with a bit of a sharp and crisp output, as well as cleaner during some bridges and the solos. The bass really backs up the instruments well, giving it the additional crushing sound necessary, and that extra haunting bite during the slower moments, and the aforementioned less distorted riffs. The drumming can also add to it with a slight echo to the snares, and even the crisp cymbals. The bass kicks carry a nice loud click that really dominates during the blistering passages as well, and the guttural vocals match it with a ranged growl and some layering effects here and there for added emphasis on the environment, as well as the specific amount of energy on display at that given time.

Much of the atmosphere doesn’t really seem to show through as strongly as it does towards the end, but what comes before it is still enjoyable for other reasons. “The Crimson Legacy” has a pretty vibrant start to it, carrying a bit of a glorious tone before the crushing, and largely expected material kicks in. While there’s nothing too unique about this song, it makes for an decent start, and offers some rich, punishing material as passages build up with intensity and speed, allowing the drumming to shine and some layered rhaspy background vocals to kick in as well. The held chords carry a crushing vibe to them, but the slower sections often just don’t work out all the time despite fitting in well enough. “Ascension” carries a similar start, though the tone goes to a more transcending and liquid Progressive Metal vibe between varied crushing and dismal riffs. This is really where the the music plays with the listener’s emotions, pulling you through various musical landscapes throughout the despair ridden six plus minutes. The vocals find more layering, as well as enthusiasm behind them, and there’s some additional technical elements at play with the many transitions and shifts that occur from start to finish. This leads to one of the most impressive, as well as chaotic offerings Inhuman Disgrace has to offer.

“The Journeymans Lament” is purely brutal in the performance, but not necessarily the atmosphere. Similar to some of the building passages of “The Crimson Legacy,” this song really allows the drumming to come through to the forefront, pounding away at the kit during the faster moments, while the deeper bass weaves a spirit breaking experience in the slower areas. There are a few dismal passages to be found, incorporating clean singing at a distance that ends up more like a voice lost in the wind spanning from the left to right speakers and back again, but while enjoyable they do not equal the energetic outbursts that you’ll find scattered about. “Dominous Detrimentum” also carries a few moments of faster brutality, but most of the song finds plenty of environment enhancing riffs met with slower, chugging verses and melancholic hooks built around the chorus that can often turn into a solo. “Mine is the Glory (Wretched Release)” has that same atmospheric vibe, but done with a hint of Swedish Death Metal guitar work. Again, some sudden intricate shifts change up the speed from faster and grim to slower variants of bleak heaviness, all closing on the sound of gunfire and explosions.

Overall, Inhuman Disgrace isn’t one of the strongest Brutal Death Metal offerings you’ll happen to find, but there’s nothing to really complain about with it either. There’s nothing too unique working for the band’s favor other than the atmosphere, which is the main driving point of this album. Many songs manage to set either a haunting or crushing tone, and in some instances both with many somewhat intricate shifts. Detrimentum show they have what it takes to make a strong impact on the listener, and proves they are a group worth checking out if you’re a fan of this style of Metal.

01. The Crimson Legacy – 4:56
02. Pestilence Shared With The Worms – 7:06
03. Ascension – 6:11
04. Effigies Of The Silent Kings – 5:28
05. In The Shadow Of The Cross We Burn – 4:48
06. The Journeyman’s Lament – 4:39
07. Dominus Detrimentum – 5:34
08. Mine Is The Glory (Wretched Release) – 5:31
Overall Score: 7.5/10


Physical review copy of this release provided by DeepSend Records via Clawhammer PR.