PUTREFY - One Nation Under Gore
GENRE: Brutal death metal
COUNTRY: Northern Ireland
LABEL: Metal Age Productions
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Putrefy
Putrefy is a brutal death metal band from Northern Ireland. It says on the bands MySpace page that the trio is inspired by Suffocation, Brodequin, Hemdale and Pyrexia amongst others. The music is typical brutal Americanized death metal so don't expect anything unexpected.
The song-writing is diverse, but now and then it feels like something is missing. I wouldn't say the riffs are uninspired, but many of them aren't all that exciting. The music is brutal, but that alone doesn't do it. There need to be catchy parts or riffs like on "Slurpin' on Cuntslop" so it doesn't feel like an illegible blur of guitars, vocals and drums. Putrefy is largely able to avoid this, but now and then it doesn't go too well. I miss a little more of the groove that Skinless and Pyrexia have in their music.
I like how the band vary the tempo and often let the bass get some room. It all adds to the diversity and makes the music interesting. The vocals are of course low and guttural growls. These are mixed with the typical pig squeals. It works like it should, but it often feels like they have been placed too high in the mix.
Not sure if I like the production much. It's clear and nothing seems to vanish and that's of course a good thing, but the guitars also tend to sound a bit thin on that expense. I miss a thicker guitar sound to match the vocals and provide the music with some additional tightness.
I know it may seem like I don't like One Nation Under Gore much, but I do. It's not a bad effort, but it does have its shortcomings. I hope that the band will add additional groove and slam parts on the next CD. That and a thicker sound will surely push the music in terms of brutality and make it even more exciting.