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Avulsed
Ritual Zombi
October 2013
Released: 2013, Xtreem Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Waspman

It’s been a while since we last heard from the gore-merchants in Avulsed; the Dave Rotten-lead band last bashing metal fans upside the head back with 2009’s NULLO. Rotten is always busy running his death metal label Xtreem Records, but the band is finally back in action with their seventh full album.



Wrapped in a spectacular artwork, RITUAL ZOMBI sees Avulsed firmly on the zombie bandwagon that seems to have gripped popular culture in the last several years. To be fair though, death metal was one of the first havens for the undead outside of the silver screen. Anyway, each song is about zombies, and the band even includes the obvious, but well done cover of the Death classic, “Zombie Ritual”. Musically, this remains in Avulsed’s characteristic death/grind charnel house. Oddly though, despite how catchy the riffs were on NULLO, the first few songs on this album simply blur together and don’t grab me at all. It’s not until album highlight “Horrified by Repulsion” that anything really sticks in the ear canal. From there it’s a thrill ride all the way to the gory end. Even so, it’s a slight disappointment after the furious and memorable NULLO that there aren’t nearly as many songs remain in my head after the album is done.



No matter though, as Avulsed is one of the most “fun” death metal bands going today. RITUAL ZOMBI is a step down from its predecessor, but Avulsed can still be proud of staying true to their roots and adding yet another bloody excellent death metal album to their abattoir.
Track Listing

1. Dawn of Apocalypse (Intro)
2. Dead Flesh Awakened
3. Z-Hunter
4. …Was Not My Blood
5. Horrified By Repulsion
6. Zompiro
7. Elegy for the Rotting (Interlude)
8. Unborn of the Undead
9. Brainsuck
10. Zombie Ritual (Death cover)
11. Cannivegan Corpse
12. Cult of the Living Dead
13. Devoured and Forgotten (Outro)

Lineup

Dave Rotten: Vocals
Cabra: Guitar
Juancar: Guitar
Tana: Bass
Osckar: Drums

Contact

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Avulsed
Ritual Zombi
October 2013
Released: 2013, MDD/Xtreem Music
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos

Spanish death metallers Avulsed are back and they unleashed their chaotic beast named RITUAL ZOMBI which contains 13 aural assaults full of cohesive energy that will be welcomed by fans with open ears.



Securely in the death metal genre with fast, expansive riffs and blast choruses, Avulsed make a technology of old school riffing modified into death metal structures in the featureless and abstract landscape of the style. There is nothing dramatically new; but it does not matter much. Both beauty and pure flaw combine to make this release irksome, tempting and intriguing. Zealously rudimentary and violent death metal forms its essential ideals within the space of raw thunderous power chords in architectural assembly of connective phrasing concluding in arduous, tense, nihilistic and gore tonal acclimatization through mood manipulating atmosphere in chromatic, shuddering conclusive riffing.



The cerebral nature of this album does not balance the frenetic, leaving a rough and somewhat epileptic view of existence that is surprisingly similar to the balance of beauty and corruption in life. With a handful of pounding riffs and an ongoing line of heavily creative supporting composition, this music does not fail to deliver a mentally-stimulating experience of death metal intensity.



The exceptional nature of this creature is the overall rhythmic comprehension of each song, as riffs meld into one another and emerge recreated, forging new streams of energy which collide and batter each other in driving blast beats under a voracious vocal scream. There are rhythms of the motion of violent life, of cataclysmic conflict and destruction, which drives this music to its own authenticity of logic and reason.



RITUAL ZOMBI is a very good album. Multidimensional, technical and particularly "contagious", will delight all their fans, keeping them awake, as is also the last twenty years. We do so with a very solid death metal album, that when using slow and fast speeds, it will not let you catch your breath. Killing songs fully of technique, full rage, hatred and tension from people who never complacent and are not at peace, not consumed or regurgitate the past, do not turn back and not enjoy the fame or sales sacrificing something of themselves who comes out through music. All of theses characteristics appear in RITUAL ZOMBI, which reminds us a Death song, and also, there is a cover in ‘Zombie Ritual’ by Death. By this album, Avulsed pay their honor to the American deathsters. This album simply kills.
Track Listing

1. Dawn of Apocalypse (Intro)
2. Dead Flesh Awakened
3. Z-Hunter
4. ...Was Not My Blood
5. Horrified by Repulsion
6. Zompiro
7. Elegy for the Rotting (Interlude)
8. Unborn of the Undead
9. Brainsuck
10. Zombie Ritual
11. Cannivegan Corpse
12. Cult of the Living Dead
13. Devoured and Forgotten (Outro)

Lineup

Dave Rotten-Vocals
Cabra- Guitars
Juancar-Guitars
Tana-Bass guitar
Osckar- Drums

Other reviews

» Stabwound Orgasm
by Luxi Lahtinen

» Gorespattered Suicide
by Madman

» Nullo (The Pleasure Of Self-Mutilation)
by Waspman

» Ritual Zombi
by Waspman

» Ritual Zombi
by Helias Papadopoulos


Next review: » Avulsed - Stabwound Orgasm
Previous review: » Avulsed - Nullo (The Pleasure Of Self-Mutilation)





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