Released: 2005, Deadsun Records
Originally operating with the name Violence, Italy’s Bestial Devastation belched forth from the pits in 2002. Releasing the well-received demo SORES, BLOOD & PUSS demo in 2003, the band quickly turned heads with their vicious and surgical gore metal onslaught. Picked up by the up and coming Deadsun Records (also home of traditional metal warriors Out of the Lair – see review from July 2004), the band have now released their debut full length – SPLATTER MANIA.
Lovingly packaged in the gore metal staple of body part photos, SPLATTER MANIA is 26-minute dissection of the aural. Throughout the disc shredded vocal chords are smeared across a bloody montage of buzzsaw guitars and hammer-smashed drums. Gleefully ripping pieces from gore metal’s hallmarks (Carcass, Exhumed, Impaled etc.), the music is exactly what you’d expect from a gore metal band – semi-technical death metal blast beaten into mush, topped by a variety of vocals, all of which are indecipherable.
Lyrically, Bestial Devastation leaves no orifice un-violated in their quest to disgust. Songs like “Perverse Female Disfiguration” and “Postmortem Fellatio” are sure to excite gore fans while simultaneously abhorring parents everywhere. Par for the course, Bestial Devastation remember to inject humour into their work, as “No…I Want A Whole Pizza” and “Charlie Don’t Shit” attest.
Bestial Devastation are sure to be hit with the gore metal fans, as SPLATTER MANIA is exactly the type of album they expect. In my book that’s good and bad, as gore metal ain’t exactly my favorite genre of metal, thus the middling score. However, for fans of this shit-soaked stuff, Bestial Devastation are your major discovery of the year.