Goregast is a German Death Metal and Grindcore band that originally formed under the name Distress. After a short self-release stint that found two demos and a full-length through the group, the band finally found a record deal three years after their name change of 2004 to issue La Revancha. After a somewhat successful underground Death Metal assault, the band found a home on label F.D.A. Rekotz four years later to issue their follow-up full-length album Desechos Humanos. Calling themselves old-school Death Metal and Grindcore surgery, one can only expect great things from this band, and after showing some promise to this point, has the band delivered an album that truly captures their web-site’s tagline?
Desechos Humanos clocks in at just under thirty minutes, and is seperated into nine tracks total. “Desechos Humanos” starts to album off in a crushing, melancholic atmosphere that doesn’t quite ring true in a traditional old-school Death Metal fashion as it trudges along, but the audio quality helps to set that tone somewhat. The guitars are heavy, adding to that crushing atmosphere at the start of the song before it hammers into full-speed Death Metal. The drums sound good with nice bass kicks with a decent thud, loud snares and cymbols that run the gambit from being strong and notable to being a bit too far back in the mix. The bass guitar itself really adds more heaviness to the recording then anything else, being pretty obvious in the mix, but not enough that it greatly dwarfs the rest of the performances from the band. The song utilizes all of these elements of Death Metal and Grindcore savagery to vary between that slower crawling pace and haunting atmosphere into blistering grinding fury, and even a bit of that old-school groove to the material at key times. There’s no real pattern to this madness, and it works well to set a desperate start to the album and showcase the variety the band intends to use throughout the release.
There are a number of shorter tracks on here as compared to the longer songs like “Desechos Humanos”, and this is really where the band’s heavier Grindcore influence comes into play. While the mixture of dueling gutturals and some background rhasps that are just a little higher and filthy, the shorter songs really seem to benefit more from this approach. “Puerco de Dinero” and “Necrophagic Pathologist”, for example, are both faster paced tracks, but nothing too intense or insane to completely leave the Death Metal influence behind. The songs feel a little more raw and aggressive because of this, and that dirtier background rhasp with the somewhat deeper gutturals just makes these tracks sound a little more disgusting then they would if the band expanded them and tried to incorporate more of the Swedish Death Metal groove that other tracks, like the following “Honor the Dead”, really seems to take hold of. There’s also no real need for changes, so the songs sound a little more consistant compared to the varying changes that occur in the longer tracks of this release, which definitely helps to keep the variety open and the listener attentive.
The only real issue with this album is that, while variety is good, it’s hard to try to pinpoint exactly what it is the band is going for musically. There’s a real crushing, almost Doom Metal inspiration to the title track “Desechos Humanos” that really sets a disturbing tone for the album, but then you get tracks like “Corta la Coleta” which seems to take the dirtier Death Metal and Thrash concept of bands like Impaled into consideration with a hint of groove to the riffs to make a catchy, yet somewhat upbeat sounding Death Metal track. One of the consistant factors of this album is definitely the groovey riffs, which do show up throughout many of the songs, like the more Swedish Death Metal oriented “Honor the Dead”, another solid track that hits the listener hard, but again sets a completely different tone. For this song you get what sounds like a more polished, serious, yet catchy Death Metal song in the vein of bands like Dismembered, losing some of the more unique sound that Goregast established and goes back to on later tracks of the album. If you can look past the varying atmospheres and environments of the release, there’s nothing horribly wrong with the album. There’s a good deal of enjoyable tracks that use this groove well,m like “Honor the Dead” and “The Boozer” which feels a little more on the dark yet still light hearted side of things, especially given the odd clicking noises the band members make at the end of the recording and the lack of considerable transitions in speed through the song. Of course the shorter tracks are justified and they do work well with the tracks like “Corta le Coleta”. You can’t help but wonder if there was perhaps some kind of flow to this album, perhaps not conceptually but a different track list that somehow was altered considering how one song does loosely feel like it partners another, happening through the album at sporadic times like that.
But, all in all, Desechos Humanos is simply a good Death Metal album. Despite some of the Grindcore influences, it’s clear the band has a stronger hold on the Death Metal aspect here and works well to give the album a good deal of variety. But, for a thirty minute album, there just seems to be a bit too much variety to it. Atmospheres change, the audio quality can even feel a little altered by it, going from a somewhat heavier and raw sound to holding that heaviness but feeling more modern at times. With a crushing start on the title track that is never ventured back into again, the album basically guarantees fans of Death Metal will find something they like, but as for the whole experience, it’s a bit off. Goregast truly does put a good foot forward with this album. Many of the songs on here are brutal, sick, or just downright catchy. But if you want a complete, solid package with atmosphere and consistancy, then Desechos Humanos will, unfortunately, let you do as far as that goes. The album is well worth sampling when you get a chance, but this one is better served as a purchase for more of a casual listen then anything else.