Review – Offal / Zombie Cookbook: Dementia Trash / Motel Hell

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  • Label: Black Hole Productions
  • Release Date: February 25th, 2015
  • Genre: Death Metal, Grindcore, Thrash Metal
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Brazil’s Black Hole Productions presents a brand new split between two Death Metal bands from that very country who have been making waves throughout the underground for quite a while: Offal and Zombie Cookbook. The first of the two formed back in 2002 under the name Orgy in Extremens, making the name change in 2003. Since then, they has unleashed two full-length albums, as well as four splits, including this one. Meanwhile the latter came together in 2010, released their Cinetrash EP that year, as well as a single and debut studio album in 2012. For 2014, the band contributed two songs to this new split, which was later released that year as an independent EP. But, while both groups are gaining a loyal fanbase, are they really anything worth taking note of, or is the Dementia Trash / Motel Hell split even worth bothering with?

OffalUp first are Offal‘s contributions. “Dementia Trash, The Cult of the Low-budget Cin.” has a slightly rawer tone that gives the material a dark, burdening atmosphere with an edge on par with early-nineties Death Metal albums. The song starts with a strong bass presence behind some quicker, hefty groove filled chords reminiscent of early Cannibal Corpse. It eventually shifting to a very gloomy Doom Metal tempo on par with Novembers Doom until a sudden explosive conclusion that, had there not been a gap between them, would have bled nicely into the quick slab of Goregrind that is “Spinal Extractions Fiend for Blood”.

Meanwhile there’s Zombie Cookbook‘s contributions, which range between Exhumed to Autopsy. “Motel Hell” illustrates this thanks to the blistering Grindcore and hints of Thrash Metal present in the material, embracing more of a Ghoul sound without coming off as a cheap knock-off. The rawer tone gives the music a dirtier, almost biker gang presence behind the attitude, something dropped during the melodic melancholy that hits about a minute in, as well as the controlled aggression towards the very end. “Eredità Maledetta” may start things off on a morose, alcohol-chugging note, but not long after the grinding pace kicks in once more, assaulting with raspier vocals are some highly technical passages. The enthusiasm is admirable, but around a minute-and-a-half in, it seems like that energy tapers off slightly, keeping in rhythm but a noticeably different pace that ends up a momentarily distracting, especially when you first pick up on it.

Zombie CookbookBut, as a whole, Dementia Trash / Motel Hell doesn’t really feature material that is awe-inspiring or game changing. Instead, you get four solid performances that throw back to the glory days of the Death Metal and Goregrind genres quite well. Both Offal and Zombie Cookbook are the kind of bands that, if you enjoyed the Death Metal of the nineties to just past the turn of the century, you’ll be open to hearing more from them if given the chance. If you have an appreciation for it, or happened to grow up on that style, then the Dementia Trash / Motel Hell split is something you might want to check out.

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Zombie CookbookDigital review copy of this release provided by Black Hole Productions via Transcending Obscurity PR.