Gore isn’t the most amazing of brutal death recordings, but it definitely caused the band to earn my respect. The core foundation of early Impaled influence is felt on “Bone Saw”, as is your typical Emmure style deathcore approach littered with pig squeals. If it weren’t for the groundwork of the first group, this would honestly sound far more standard than it actually is, saved largely thanks to the solid transitions between the styles and the obvious love for the surgical steel. Unfortunately, it just doesn’t quite work for “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis” and its slower pacing that favors the breakdown more than the gore beyond the chaotic rush just past the minute-and-a-half mark.
But then you have the title track “Gore”, which takes after Cattle Decapitation more than anything. Yes, some standard deathcore influence is still felt, but there are some progressive traits and a similar somewhat vile guttural vocal approach across the abrasive madness of the performance that feels like it would fit snuggly on The Harvest Floor. Even the atmosphere matches that recording’s oppression towards the end, a stark contrast to the far less serious “Dicks Out for Harambe”, which is more of a smart ass version of Brujeria crossed with pornogrind for a fitting eulogy to the rare breed of primate.
While Gore isn’t one of the more memorable death metal offerings to come out in recent years, it still boasts some pretty good material for a debut EP. It’s clear that the band we shall refer to as XavlegbmaofffassssitimiwoamndutroabcwapwaeiippohfffX from here on out doesn’t really take themselves all that seriously, which only works in their favor upon first hearing what this recording has to offer. Yes, “Dicks Out for Harambe” is literally what one would expect from a group with such a sarcastic name, but there’s still some solid brutality and grinding going on in the release that will surprise listeners going in for the first time to make it at least notable. Even the traditional hardcore and deathcore grooves manage to feel somewhat at home here. So, if you like beefy brutal death metal with goregrind impulses, this is something you might want to at least sample.