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Devourment: Unleash the Carnivore
Brutal Death Metal
Brutal Bands
June 26th, 2009
Release length: 34:26
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Devourment is a Brutal Death Metal band that incorporates some Goregrind concepts into the mix sometimes. The group has issued a number of releases since forming back in 1995, and has also been met with plenty of mixed reviews since their debut album, Molesting the Decapitated back in 1999. It’s been about eleven years since, and the band is just now finally issuing their third full-length effort, Unleash the Carnivore, which has been a hit or miss with many critics and fans. While the simpler musical compositions can be a bit of a letdown to some, the overall package lives up to it’s brutal style tag, and is very well orchestrated, though the vocals and clear Deathcore influences leave a lot to be desired of the release.

Unleash the Carnivore is not necessarily one of the freshest albums in the style, or even the most complex release from the group. The music is simply composed of obvious powerchords and breakdowns, all of which are rich with heavy distortion and played at very fast speeds. The vocals on this release are the typical Brutal Death Metal style of a gutteral approach that sounds more like a gargle or frog croak, which actually clashes with the overall intensity of the recording due to the monotone range, and the lack of energy behind them to match the energy of the music. Due to all of this, Unleash the Carnivore will wind up losing stream almost immediately, though the energetic performance does manage to save the album somewhat.

The title track, “Unleash the Carnivore”, is a well done, fast paced song that takes all the concepts of the Brutal Death Metal style into consideration, but handles them with rather simple power chords and a vocal style that isn’t too enthusiastic. Despite the vocal issues, the music itself is energetic and played with such speed and a great heaviness that none of it will matter, leaving the listener whipped into an absolute frenzy through everything, including the breakdown that feels out of place. “Abomination Unseen”, however, is when the release takes a quick turn for the worst, as the power chords come off even simply, the breakdown is worse, and unless the drums are hammering away and the power chords have more power behind them like in some small parts of the song, the track just becomes generally boring and seems to just go on forever without end in sight, as well as ruining that rush of adrenaline that was given by the previous track. Sadly, the rest of the album isn’t too safe either, and the listener is greeted with songs that have their moments, but they wind up being very few, short, and apart from each other in each track.

“Incitement to Mass Murder” really shows the music at it’s lowest, just due to the fact that it not only sounds uninspired and repetitive from earlier tracks, there are plenty of slower moments that simply clashes with the general flow and basic composition of the song, and seem to act more as breakdowns then anything, but not necessarily in the vein of a Slam Death Metal release, but a generic Deathcore type of breakdown. Sadly, much of the song is like this, leaving it feeling empty at times while it whips the listener into many different directions, showing off a more Brutal Death Metal style of an Emmure release. While this may be the lowest point of the album, “Deflesh the Abducted” just shows the band is quickly running out of ideas as the repetition in the music continues to grow, the vocals begin to wear on the listener and simply become annoying, and the dramatic shifts between speeds and poor transitions between breakdowns become worse with each passing track. Of course, the only genuine breakdown to really stick out on this release is the last one on “Field of the Impaled”, which actually is as heavy as any of the music on “Unleash the Carnivore”, and shows the band can write a good breakdown if so desired. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s the last breakdown of the entire album.

Unleash the Carnivore starts off with some real energy with the title track, and shows off a lot of potential for the group. However, the second the track ends, it’s all quickly going down hill. There’s really nothing on this album that will hold your attention, as every song after sticks to using power chords at a fast pace, or a greatly slower breakdown pace, without any decent transitions. It all becomes repetitive, especially with the vocals that are simply horrendously annoying after a while and clash horribly against the energy of the band’s performance. The only real saving factors of the release is the overall heaviness and brutal feel of the music when it’s a faster pace, but that really isn’t enough to justify heading out to grab this release, especially when you’ll be itching to eject the album after only a few tracks. Devourment‘s latest album comes off more a Brutal Death Metal interpretation of Emmure and Rob Zombie‘s Hellbilly Deluxe‘s use of power chords, and while it’s a novel idea, it’s executed poorly, and is just not at all worth the time except maybe one dollar US for the title track on an MP3 store.

01. Unleash the Carnivores – 3:37
02. Abomination Unseen – 4:53
03. Fed to the Pigs – 4:00
04. Incitement to Mass Murder – 3:40
05. Crucify the Impure – 4:35
06. Deflesh the Abducted – 4:49
07. Over Her Dead Body – 3:04
08. Field of the Impaled – 5:48
Overall Score: 2.5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Brutal Bands.