If you are familiar with Devourment then you already know that they are 1 of, if not THE sickest, filthiest and devastatingly heaviest Death Metal bands of all time. Their albums and live shows are a lesson in sickness and they have a rabid following among the underground Death Metal scene.
‘Conceived In Sewage’, their newest album, is the 4th full-length by the band and is their debut album on Relapse Records.
The first thing I noticed (other than the insanely over-the-top and vile artwork) when listening to this album is that the production is much clearer than anything previous and that’s thanks to the engineer extraordinaire Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal).
It is a crushing onslaught from the first note until the end but for a lot of fans this may not be such a good thing. The appeal of this band lies in the sludgy and sometimes indecipherable noise of the instruments and guttural vocals and may be somewhat a little too polished on ‘Conceived in Sewage’.
There is an issue for me on this album with memorability. Sure there are some cool songs on here and if you are after a vicious album from start to end then this is for you, but I didn’t find the songs as memorable as some of their past work. Perhaps it might take a few more listens to become more familiar.
If you haven’t heard them before this may be a good place to start but older fans may want to stick with ‘Butcher The Weak’ or ‘Molesting the Decapitated’.
Devourment: Conceived In Sewage
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Relapse Records