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Outrage: Brutal Human Bastard
Death Metal, Metalcore
Massacre Records
November 29th, 2013
Release length: 38:44
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Hailing from Austria, Outrage is a Death Metal group that formed back in 2000, but hasn’t released a lot of material. In 2003 they issued their only demo … and Deeper, followed by a split with Primal Dawn later that year. Three years later the Switch Off the Pain EP was released, followed by their debut album Contaminated through Maintain Records after another three year gap. For 2013, they find themselves signed to Massacre Records for their follow-up offering, Brutal Human Bastard. It’s been a long road for the band, dropping five members over the years the followed their formation, but does their first big label recording prove to the unsuspecting masses that all the work was worth it?

Brutal Human Bastard is named after the thirty second spoken word introduction that seems a bit cheesy even the first time through, but it makes the build up to “Cryptic Time” an optional experience, which is always nice. Once the music kicks in, you’re greeted with infectious Death Metal riffs similar to Fleshcrawl, but with a hint of Heavy Metal in certain hooks, as well as the solo. The song goes at a mid-tempo pace, but feels thick and heavy, trudging along despite the faster chords and drumming that can appear and amplify the mixture of dank desolation and glorious atmospheres to make you bang your head along obediently. Around the three-and-a-half minute mark that does change thanks to the pace slowing into a breakdown that continues to creep along for over a minute. It’s not a solid ending, but the overall experience definitely sets the tone for the rest of the album.

“Days of Disorder” gives off a sinister sensation to the opening riffs, giving way to crushing blunt distortions and faster paces rich with enthusiasm. There’s nothing too special or unique here other than a light Black Metal influence you can pick up on at times. What is presented is a traditional Death Metal performance that creates a truly black mental picture to go along with the experience. “At the Abyss” shows some additional technicality in the timing between the guitars and drums that does offer a little extra variety to the mix, but overall ends up a hard hitting track full of bridges that amplify the tension perfectly, and even add some raspier growls at key times. “Won’t You Be My Flesh” really lets the bass stand out, creating more of a creepy performance that does show a little Metalcore at the start, as well as in the breakdown that hits later on, but the overall experience is tight, eerie, and quite memorable.

The only time things really change is during “Deprivation.” The song channels a gritty first wave of Black Metal vibe. The harsher vocals are reminiscent of some of the recent changes Darkthrone has incorporated, though does head into a Melodic Death Metal performance towards the end. The twangy bass that really stood out throughout the album is held back a bit, focusing on a dismal atmosphere from the guitars. It’s an interesting shift in direction, but still feels right at home.

Outrage clearly isn’t trying to reinvent the genre or present some epic thrills with their material, but are open to interpretation. To me, most of Brutal Human Bastard came off more like honest old-school Death Metal with some short Metalcore quality breakdowns. But, I can also hear some Groove Metal elements, and even some DevilDriver influence at work as well, so how I perceived the album may be largely different than how you would. That being said, it’s impossible to ignore the bleak, oppressive atmospheres that often can be as brutal as they are catchy and commanding. The only time Outrage drops the ball is at the end of “Cryptic Time,” pushing the slower conclusion along a bit too. If you’ve been craving a new nineties-era Death Metal recording that is one quality track after another, Brutal Human Bastard is definitely one worth grabbing, if not at least sampling to see if you perceive the same thing.

01. Brutal Human Bastard – 0:30
02. Cryptic Time – 5:33
03. Addiction – 3:15
04. Days of Disorder – 3:17
05. Mexican Standoff – 3:41
06. At the Abyss – 4:38
07. Pissing Roadside – 3:06
08. Down from the Silence – 3:51
09. Won’t You Be My Flesh – 3:27
10. Deprivation – 4:33
11. Negative Creep – 2:53
Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Massacre Records.