Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Severed Survival / Retribution for the Dead
Genres: Pop, Rock, Metal
Underrated, sludgy, gory old school DM (4.5 stars, 88%)
Big J Moreno | Naples, FL | 12/04/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well kids here we have some pretty awesome old school death metal that's kind of derivative in a sense but still has a charm of its own since these guys were definitely the sludgiest/doomiest of the old school death metal bunch in the late 80s/early 90s and overall this is a pretty midpaced album, nothing too fast but still very heavy.
Musically this album is basically a mixture of Scream Bloody Gore and the Nihilist demos. It's pretty obvious in the riffing and vocals, in fact the description "Scream Bloody Gore part 2" is pretty appropriate as others have said. Reifert's high pitched vomiting vox are a combination of Chuck Schuldiner and LG Petrov, just listen to SBG and Nihilist/Left Hand Path and you'll see what I mean, they're pretty damn brutal too, especially for those days. There's a good amount of simple yet great solos and decent drumming, although I liked Reifert's performance on SBG better but it's ok I mean the man was singing too and I always give tons of respect to singer/drummers. That's why I love Ventor from Kreator so much. Attention bass fans, guess what you get Steve DiGiorgio on here too! Unfortunately he was only the session bassist and not a permanent member but he sounds great on this album although not quite as amazing as his other bands (Death and Sadus).
Another thing that's fun about this band is that they are indeed the most disgusting in terms of lyrics, holy s**t man. These guys must have inspired other gore bands like CC and the like, and these guys are even more heinous than them! I'd definitely agree with Strapping Young Lad on that one. I mean just look at the REAL album cover (not the one that's displayed now). Stillborn has some of the most disturbing lyrics I've ever seen and I friggin love it, I won't spoil the surprise though you'll have to buy this yourself! I'm not giving this the full 5 stars because a couple of the songs are a tad generic and a little boring especially on the first half, the second half has the best songs. Some of my faves are the title track, Embalmed, and Critical Madness.
So if old school simple DM is your thing (as you all know I LIVE for this) this is certainly mandatory. For more awesome and underrated old school DM get their other great album Mental Funeral, the first two Entombed albums (LHP is GODLY), some Dismember, Malevolent Creation, and Pestilence (Consuming Impulse is downright amazing). Later."
5 STARS? THIS ONE NEEDS SIX!!!
Big J Moreno | 06/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is utter gutmunching, limbtearing, violently regurgitating death metal, leaving you covered in sores, ridden with disease, gunk-laden and feeling sick! IT's FANTAS(T)ICK. I bought the CD, the album, the picture-disc and now own a shirt of this CD that's so worn I'm afraid to wear it for fear of it disintegrating completely. Brilliant musician-ship, bowel-moving bass, bonesawing guitar-leads and skull-pounding maniacal drumming, the sikkkest lyrics and of course the sickest songs ever recorded! ESSENTIAL!!!!"
WHAT A COMBO!!!
INFESTER | Not Germany circa 1930's! | 11/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"HOW OLD SKOLL!!!!!!
I am still jaming out to a ANCIENT copy of this!!
BEST ALBUM EVER MADE IN MY OPINION..MADE UGLIER BY THE ADDITION OF THE EP!!!
Many admit SURVIVAL is the king of the DEATH METAL pile!!!
I mean you did hear CHARRED REMAINS correct?? this song has this strange ENERGEY that is somehow never='d..I really dont even understand the HATE present on this album..but then again I do!!!
THIS COMBO IS MANDATORY!!!!!!!!!!!"