Pitch Black Records
October 3rd, 2014
Release length: 38:37
Mastering the Art of Killing has a nice crisp audio quality that captures the truly abrasive nature of the band’s sound. The faster passages offer up a good deal of complexity in the blunt guitars, hammering the point home with infectious riffs and a great deal of hostility. The blood curdling scream that kicks off “Morbid Holocaust” is fair warning to the blunt assault that lies in wait for you. Creepy main verses on par with the likes of Suffocation and Cryptopsy can be felt through the varied riffs and well paced drums, but also in timing and structure, having no qualms going from intricate to steady grooves in superb execution. “Project Mayhem” prides itself on that fact, hitting the listener hard in the main verses with a blunt aggression that is met with some really catchy melodic hooks and subtle guttural vocal harmonizations. The second chorus to use this gives way to riffs any Thrash Metal act along the lines of Sodom could appreciate before trudging forward for the sake of tension.
While the faster material captures the energetic brutality of Vomitile quite well, it’s the slower, simpler performances that often bring in a tense, uneasy, even creepy atmosphere to the mix. “Born to Kill” does carry your standard Cannibal Corpse mid-tempo groove that is simply burdening, while “Immence Catastrophe” brings in a much darker and eerie environment thanks to the tighter chords and some depressing bridges, both of which offering a little more of a unique touch to this approach compared to the aforementioned song. Towards the end you are greeted with what sounds like a pretty simple Deathcore-grade breakdown, but that’s thanks to how it starts off. What follows has a little more depth to it, becoming more of a slam than just another uninspiring drop in the bucket.
But then you get something like “Forced Mutilation.” This one throws many different speeds at the listener, though there are some passages that are reminiscent of toned down Heavy Metal gallops, such as approaching the one minute mark. On top of these sections that sound out of place on such a widely varied offering, there’s little to really keep the listener engaged other than some solid faster riffs and the passages that have more of a militaristic approach to the drumming. Thankfully “Stabbed, Shot & Bludgeoned” greatly makes up for it, even though it does start with the out of place cocking of a gun considering the song’s title and lyrics. What follows is an intense mixture of technical riffs and grooves at a faster enthusiastic pace, banging your head against the wall for you while sometimes dragging it across the rough stones during the brief sections of steady drum beats that pop up at times, such as towards the end.
The Art of Killing is a nice little surprise to come out of the growing Cyprus Metal world. Vomitile do a fantastic job of mixing together traditional Death Metal with slabs of high speed aggression, technicality, and crushing grooves that shows off a great love and respect for the genre within the ranks. With the exception of the weaker “Forced Mutilation,” each track on this release ends up a solid effort full of energy that can taper off into worship from time to time. But the overall brutality and solid transitions in and out of notably different timing structures and patterns still keeps you on your toes even after a number of spins. If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience Vomitile and consider yourself a Death Metal fan, Mastering the Art of Killing should be fairly high on your list of albums you need to check out.
01. Morbid Holocaust – 2:25
02. Project Mayhem – 3:45
03. Forthcoming – 4:19
04. Born to Kill – 4:17
05. Forced Mutilation – 3:47
06. Nekropound – 3:30
07. Slaughterhead – 5:23
08. Stabbed, Shot & Bludgeoned – 3:48
09. Immence Catastrophe – 3:45
10. Commensing Assault – 3:38
|Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10