02. Cradle of Bones
03. Demoniac Possession [Pentagram]
04. Morgue Defilement *
05. Bodily Ransack *
06. As I Behold I Despise [Demigod] *
07. Gangrened Divine Stigma *
08. Cradle of Bones *
09. Deformed Beyond Belief *
10. Carnivoracity *
11. Matando Güeros [Brujería] *
12. Outro - M.C.E.D. *
(*) Live bonus
Re-issue celebrating the 20th anniversary of the classic debut EP by one of Europe's most authentic Death Metal bands. Includes 8 bonus tracks, remastered sound and revamped design with liner notes. Death Metal in its purest form!!
Re-releases always remember me, how quickly time goes by. Twenty years after its original release on mighty Malodorous Mangled Innards Records, mastermind and vocalist Dave Rotten now re-releases this little treasure on his own lable Xtreem Music. No need to introduce AVULSED at this location at all and to speak about their leading role in the Spanish scene. Originally released as a seven inch EP, this reissue comes up carefully remastered, with overworked artwork and nine live bonus tracks. It has been years now since my last listen to this EP, so this reissue sounds fresh and unused again to me. The opening track 'Carnivoracity' is a real underground old school Death Metal jewel and of course, their further releases were a lot better and their musical skills have improved over the years, but for me this is still the magic sound I fell in love with. Brutal sounding Death Metal with the love for gore and shocking topics. The deep and harsh grunts of Dave Rotten are fitting perfect to their dark and grind influenced sound. Also to write an eight minutes lasting song was not common in this genre, apart from the Gothic Doom bands. The middle part shows up some Doom Metal influences as well and makes this track really remarkable. The second track 'Cradle Of Bones' is another Death Metal monster, brutal and fast and influenced by the early Scandinavian Death Metal, with the deepest possible grunts. The third track 'Demonic Possession' is a cover of Chilenian masters PENTAGRAM, sounding like a speeded up version of DEATH or POSSESSED. The remaining nine tracks including outro are all raw live recordings with two cover tunes of DEMIGOD and BRUJERÍA. The live speed is higher than on the studio recordings and for fans of live recordings only. What is captured well is the underground mood of old concerts. Nice to have but also a re-release as a seven inch with three tracks only would have been enough for die hard fans or for fans of early 90s Death Metal.
Die Originalaufnahmen dieser fulminanten Death Metal EP der Spanier von AVULSED haben in 2014 satte 20 Jahre auf dem Buckel und so ist dieses Re-Release auch nicht übel, vor allem, weil die Labels hier einen Haufen Bonus drauf gepackt haben.
Das Titelstück ist eine Mischung aus purer Raserei und extrem fiesen, schleppenden Death Metal, die gerade durch den röchelnden Gesang von Dave Rotten so richtig bösartig wirkt. In den über acht Minuten Spielzeit toben sich die Spanier total aus und haben eine richtig zeitlose Nummer geschrieben, die einzig und allein mit dem etwas dünnen Drum Sound an Druck verliert. „Cradle Of Bones“ ist genau so ein Death Metal Schlachtfest, wo die Growls einfach geil rüber kommen und das Stück auch in Sachen Tempo kaum vom Gas geht. Als drittes Stück im Bunde der Originalaufnahmen ist „Demoniac Possession“, das eine coole Cover Version von Pentagram ist.
So, jetzt aber zum Bonus Material, da reihen sich insgesamt neun Live Songs ein, die allesamt richtig schön roh, gesanglich genau so derb und vor allem mit den Bass Drums voll fett batschen. Ehrlich gesagt gefällt mir der Sound der Live Stücke besser wie die Originalaufnahme und so sind Songs wie „Morgue Defilement“, „Bodily Randsack“ oder „Deformed Beyond Believe“ einfach brutal und umwerfend heavy.
Hier sind meiner Meinung nach klare 8,4 von 10 Punkten drin, allein schon wegen den Live Songs.
Avulsed is one of those magical death metal bands who've been around for the better part of three decades and have the kind of unholy dedication to gore and brutality that made the old school scene so wonderful. Sure, this re-release of their classic Carnivoracity is nine kinds of fucked up, but ultimately, that's the beauty of the thing. As you feel the harsh growls and hyper speed riffs kick in it's hard not to acknowledge the primal glory of this band. Sure, Avulsed may sound subhuman, and their lyrical content may be gruesome, but in all honesty, it just adds to the glory.
There is something perverse about the mesmerizing melodic lines in these tracks. Avulsed capture the same sort of attraction to death that the American news media seems to have. What's important to note about this re-release though is that not only does it feature the expertly remixed original EP it also gives us lots of great live recordings. Avulsed are clearly metal lords, and the live stuff shows that despite it all, they are still out for a good time. On top of this is the added treat of an extra Brujeria cover (Which is also a live version) it gives this special edition a memorable closer. What I'm trying to stay is that there really is no better way than this to honor the breadth and majesty of Avulsed's career.
In closing we are left with eleven tracks (and an outro) that seem to speak to the eternal power of a genre that most fear. As Avulsed blast their way through these songs its easy to find the fascination with gore that led the band to become one of the biggest on their scene. It's impossible to listen to Carnivoracity and not want to start a circle pit. Avulsed understand the spirit of death metal and they get how to bring it to the people. This is the kind of band who make the underground so great, so why don't you just come right on over and feel the magic?
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