REVIEW – Visceral Disgorge: Slithering Evisceration

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  • Bio: "Emerging from Baltimore, MD, VISCERAL DISGORGE began playing their unique style of brutal death metal; captivating the enthusiasts of brutality everywhere. - Press release
  • Label: Agonia Records
  • Release Date: September 13th, 2019
  • Genre: Brutal Death Metal
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Visceral Disgorge formed back in 2007 after Eaten Alive had disbanded, only to follow suit and split in 2009. Later that very year, Visceral Disgorge reformed, focusing on honing their craft and what would eventually become their debut album. That recording, Ingesting Putridity, was released in 2011 through Amputated Vein Records. Since then? Studio silence. That was until they signed with Agonia Records, unleashed a digital single titled “Architects of Warping Flesh” in June of 2019, acting as a precursor to their long awaited follow-up Slithering Evisceration. But does the band manage to capture that raw spark that made the first outing such a beloved underground gem, or does it suffer from too much digital interference?

Well, to be honest, this one is kind of hard to write a review on. If you heard 2009’s Ingesting Putridity, surely you are excited for this incredibly overdue follow-up. Much like that album, things do start off on a creepy note with the introductory ambient piece/instrumental that sets up a dismal tone for the nine songs to come. The slow chugging acting as an ominous precursor to get the listener riled up, only to dive into “Fucking Into Oblivion” incredibly underwhelmed. Crisp, clean, and modern sums this varied track up, not to mention the rest of Slithering Evisceration that doesn’t even have a fraction of the catchy nature of their debut so many years ago.

Due to that, there are very few tracks here that stick out, let alone stand on their own as mildly memorable. “Absorbed by the Swarm” is a pretty good offering that focuses more on a steady chugging progression most of the time. There’s a subtle commanding tone to the rich, deeply bass driven song with a number of moments that let the guitar shine through unlike other tracks such as “Saprogenic Deformation” which, while an okay track, finds the leads almost buried behind the kicks and aforementioned stringed counterpart.

“Necrotic Biogenesis” actually has a pretty explosive start, being one of the few moments of the album that doesn’t feel robotic and even able to get you bobbing your head along briefly. Unfortunately, no time is wasted diving back into the mid-tempo approach with various timing and speed changes, all of which greatly lack any sort of enthusiasm beyond a pre-slam sound bite of Samuel L. Jackson being Samuel L. Jackson. You also get a couple higher pitched squeals around this time, but for the most part it’s a stagnant kind-of-fake belching sound that remains the same cupped pitch from the start of the album until the end of “Transfixed in Torture”.

Yes, there is more to “Transfixed in Torture” by way of a hidden track. Close to the very end, this light trapping of a blunt object suddenly pulls out a sound bite from the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim show Aquateen Hunger Force. The chunk is from the early episode “The Clowning” when Carl is doing air guitar and performs a solo to impress the woman from a bar (or prostitute, it was never really made clear) while wearing the wig that slowly transforms him into a clown. While other odd samples exist like the aforementioned from Samuel L. Jackson and the Mortal Kombat “Fatality” around two minutes in, this particular one just sounds like a final fuck you for sitting through this insanely boring sounding album since it has literally nothing to do with anything here.

In case you didn’t gather, allow me to be a little more blunt than this album is: Slithering Evisceration is easily one of the most boring death metal albums I have ever had to misfortune of listening to. Sadly the blurred nipples on the artwork act as more of a warning than you might expect. For a band in the brutal death metal category, there is nothing brutal about it. Listening to this release actually started to become more like torture trying to find anything redeeming worth talking about, and many times I blanked out and genuinely felt like I missed absolutely nothing once I realized there even was an album playing. This isn’t necessarily the band’s fault, but rather the crisp modern audio quality removing any bite and the way too precise robotic nature of the performances themselves and, well, it’s a damn shame. We haven’t heard anything by Visceral Disgorge since 2011, and this will make you wish they just stayed out of the studio.

Digital review copy of this release provided by Agonia Records.