Savage Annihilation: Cannibalisme, hérésie et autres sauvageries

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Savage Annihilation: Cannibalisme, hérésie et autres sauvageries
Death Metal
Kaotoxin Records
October 2nd, 2012
Release length: 40:05
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French Death Metal band Savage Annihilation formed back in 2002. Since then they released their first demo, Death in Progress, back in 2004, and followed it with material for a split recording titled Disgusting Cranial in 2008. It’s been a good four years now, and the group have found a home with Kaotoxin Records to release their overdue debut full-length recording, Cannibalisme, hérésie et autres sauvageries. But, has the wait been worth it?

While not an obvious Brutal Death Metal recording, the album definitely carries the sound of one. The audio to Cannibalisme, hérésie et autres sauvageries is best described as stagnant and murky, but in a rather positive way of course. The raw production finds the guitars with a deep yet dull distortion at work, being kept a bit in the distance as they hammer away with the low bass guitar that about matches the same level. However, the solos do find a much louder, cleaner guitar coming through that does seem a bit on the obnoxious side regardless of how well it is. The vocals also end up pushed back in the mix a bit, but the gutturals, as well as the higher rhasps that occur occassionally still come through over the guitars, bass, and even the drums, the latter of which are surprisingly loud. The snares have a very hollow ping to them that resonates over everything, though the bass kicks carry a very solid click that dominates even moreso. The cymbals, however, are a bit more distant, though have a crisp, natural sound to them that works with the rawer quality of the recording.

While the audio might sound pretty good, the music to Cannibalisme, hérésie et autres sauvageries isn’t always the most engaging. The recording starts off with a man listening to a radio broadcast showcasing the panic that is going on, which escalates to some moaning, a struggle, and the sound of devourment. This leads into “Dépeuplez ce monde de vermines,” which is a mixture of blast beats and punishing Death Metal riffs that can carry a slight groove strong enough to influence some instinctive headbanging. There isn’t much energy to be found, which does make it a little harder to get into, but still far from a bad song thanks to the intensity that the performance does provide. Much of this can be said for “Dans un océan de putridité,” though there aren’t as many blast beat sections. Instead, the creepy atmosphere does come into play more, and the blunt, catchy Death Metal riffs that often erupt with a decent enthusiasm for the trudging slow-to-mid-paces of the song does help to give a commanding vibe that works to keep your attention.

Thankfully this doesn’t reflect the majority of material found on the recording, as “Les catacombes de l’abomination (pt.1)” is a far more addictive offering. The music hammers away at a faster pace with a better mixture of crushing groove-heavy Death Metal material against blast beat fueled chaos. The richer sound from the additional speed, coupled with tighter transitions and some more complex passages really allow for a punishing experience. though nothing compared to what “Dévoré par l’humanité” has in store for you. The nearly seven-and-a-half minutes offered here really amp up the intensity. The guitar riffs during the blasting sections will have you pounding your head along to the bludgeoning music, and the enthusiasm that was greatly absent in “Dépeuplez ce monde de vermines” and others is finally used to its full potential. It does unfortunately sacrifice the vocals in most parts, but this one is truly about a soul-crushing experience, and that’s what you get from start to finish with no filler material, becoming more infectious as you continue on. The performance even grows a lot tighter, as well as picks up pace the closer you get to the end, the most notable occuring during the guitar solo about three minute in, picking up steam and refusing to let go once reached.

Savage Annihilation may have finally unleashed their debut full-length album with Cannibalisme, hérésie et autres sauvageries, but it’s sad that it simply isn’t as powerful as it could be to live up to the expectations of the Death Metal community. The rawer audio quality works for the band, but, for the most, part the songs lack a good deal of energy to grab the listener. This isn’t to say the songs are bad, as there are a good deal of tracks that still do well despite not being as enthusiastic, or manage to push into that realm with ease to create a hard hitting song that easily crushes the listener. But, overall, Cannibalisme, hérésie et autres sauvageries ends up coming off more like a typical mix of traditional and Brutal Death Metal blueprints that won’t exactly have your jaw hitting the floor with awe, but good enough to find you coming back here and there for repeat spins over time.

01. L’annihilation commence – 1:24
02. D̩peuplez ce monde de vermines Р3:38
03. Les catacombes de l’abomination (pt.1) – 3:31
04. Les catacombes de l’abomination (pt.2) – 3:44
05. Dévoré par l’humanité – 7:27
06. La marche des exhum̩s Р5:33
07. Dans un oc̩an de putridit̩ Р4:42
08. En ̩tat de d̩composition Р3:46
09. Le soul̬vement Р0:45
10. Ouvrez la tombe des assoiff̩s de sang Р5:35
Overall Score: 6.5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Kaotoxin Records via Clawhammer PR.