OFFAL - Macabre Rampages and Splatter Savages
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Black Hole Productions
YEAR: September 9th, 2010
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Black Hole Productions
Offal is a four-piece band. The band got together in 2002. The Brazilians play old school death metal with hints of thrash metal. Allegedly the band is inspired by Autopsy. To be honest I don't really spot that in the music. I'd say the music is more in the vein of Blood Freak, Machetazo and Deceased.
Like the aforementioned bands the music and lyrics on Macabre Rampages and Splatter Savages rely a lot on b-cinema and horror movies. Of course much of this is thanks to the samples used, but it does also echo in the music itself. Together the samples and the music set a disturbing backdrop.
The song-writing is dexterous and there are lots of good riffs and catchy parts. "Trail of the Undead", "Mortuary Waste", "Deep Red - The Blood is Running Cold" and "Death's Curse" are songs who underline this. The bass is often easy to hear and I think that works as an asset.
The production is mucky and uncanny. I like that as it fits the mood of the music well. The bottom-line is that Macabre Rampages and Splatter Savages is not different. It's all been done before, but that doesn't change that Macabre Rampages and Splatter Savages is a firm and interesting effort. If you like music that is underground then I'd go check out Offal because it's about as good as it gets.