|Technical Death Metal
April 17th, 2012
Release length: 33:45
The production quality of EarthSick is pretty uncompromising. Working with a prety clean and modern slate really works with this one, which is pretty rare to find. The drums start out nicely with strong cymbal crashes, the snares seem to have a tight, natural sound that is much louder in the mix than the previous part of the kit, and the bass kicks have a great click to them that really takes command of the recording. The guitars have your standard mid-range Death Metal distortion going on, but it’s enough to give them an sharper edge, complimented well by the accompanying deep bass riffs that keep the recording intimidating at all times. The vocals are a mix between a rasp approach and a sandpapery guttural style, though the latter is more dominant of the two.
EarthSick also meshes together some catchy melodic riffs and additional effects such as a distortion that causes the lead guitar chords to come through clearer and more like a keyboard performance such as during the chorus of “Plague and Pray.” The song itself is pretty strong in an aggressive manner. The additional cleaner chord slow it down well, but also adds a creepy, haunting tone to the atmosphere. These reasons, and others like it, really do establish a Science Fiction foundation here, as well as on many other tracks, and even can send things a little into the epic territory. This becomes evident with the haunting “The Breeding (Intro).” It starts off with science-driven sound effects like a repeating hum of something sharp and metallic spining while a deep buzzing like an alarm going on behind it. The music kicks in shortly with a very melodic Heavy Metal style welcoming. There are some great haunting keyboards at work during “Serpent Verse” as well, creating a bleak tone that establishes a traditional, yet crushing performance for the rest of the track. The chorus is pretty Brutal Death Metal oriented, and is just Slam happy thanks to chords that refuse to let up despite being simpler, as well as much shorter.
This does slightly blend into the intense title track “EarthSick,” hammering away some intense and Brutal Death Metal style chords with bridges that just pound away in an effort to retain a blunt edge. This also shows up on other songs, such as during the chorus of “Dominant GenEthics,” but with that the material does seem to hold together a melodic enough foundation to greatly set it apart. It’s the bludgeoning, commanding elements of the band’s sound that the proves Gory Blister is a force not to be reckoned, right down to some of the hooks that do exist. “Soul-Bourne Maladies” is just an in-your-face Death Metal assault that brings things back to the old-school approach with some intense, tight material and somewhat chaotic chords that continue to change throughout the track. This keeps the offering sounding fresh, and very abrasive.
If you haven’t heard Gory Blister yet, then this is a group that is well worth looking into. While maintaing some of today’s Death Metal ideals with additional melodic elements, there also lies the uncompromising early Death Metal material that fans of the style will lovingly eat up with every passing second. While EarthSick isn’t the strongest offering in the Death Metal world, it is well executed, making every track a solid entry that doesn’t go too far in any certain direction, but still weaves a memorable and unique experience that can isolate the listener, beating him or her down with every passing song of Science and Science Fiction based brutality, making this an album that is worthy of being added to your collection.
01. The Breeding (Intro) – 0:46
02. EarthSick – 4:08
03. Plague and Pray – 3:52
04. Decanted Embryos – 4:25
05. Dominant GenEthics – 4:05
06. H.I.V. – 4:11
07. World Damnatomy – 4:14
08. Soul-Bourne Maladies – 3:43
09. Serpent Verse – 3:41
10. Voices from the Sea – 2:14
|Overall Score: 9/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Bakerteam Records.