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Haemorrhage
Hospital Carnage
July 2011
Released: 2011, Relapse
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

So what are the chances that not one, but two Spanish Death/Grind albums come out on the Relapse Record label each within one week of Barcelona winning the UEFA Champions Cup Final? Well it happened this year (2011) and we are going touch on both of them. Please feel free to check out the sister review of ETERNO TREBLINKA by the band Looking For An Answer.



There is no understating the global influence of Carcass. By 1990 virtually every Metal-producing nation had it’s own variation of the forensic pathologist, death/grind template established by Carcass. Australia had Blood Duster, Sweden had Regurgitate, Poland had Pathologist, the list goes on and on and Spain’s entry into the Death/Gore/Grind sweepstakes is Haemorrhage.



HOSPITAL CARNAGE is the bands sixth full-length release since 1990 (not to mention almost 20 splits and EP’s) and are considered to be Spain’s #1 band in that fine field, although some would suggest Avulsed for that title. First impression of HOSPITAL CARNAGE is very positive with a very well-done cover, ominous without being too explicit and a clever use of font for a hint of humour.



15 tracks of splatter for half-an-hour, is just the right amount of lethal brutality. Haemorrhage employ a triple, even quadruple vocal style, one ultra-low and guttural and one higher and shrieked, one kind of roared and one middle of the road Death style. Yeah, I know that sounds weird but really listen with headphones and you can hear four distinct styles, especially on the track ‘Ingreso Cadaver’. They all complement each other well. The band rips through the songs with ferocity without excluding some sense of melody. Some of the solos like the one on ‘Necronatology’ is surprisingly under-stated and eloquent. The production is great, razor-sharp and loud. Lyrically the band does not tread into any new territory, but all the songs tie in with the ever-familiar, ever-popular medical theme.



Haemorrhage may not get the name recognition of the unholy triumvirate of post-Carcass, medically inspired, 1990’s Death/Grind bands (Aborted, Exhumed, & Impaled) but they are fully deserving nonetheless and HOSPITAL CARNAGE is proof positive.
Track Listing

1. Open Heart Butchery
2. Traumaggedon
3. Resuscitation Manoeuvres
4. Flesh-Devouring Pandemia
5. Fomite Fetish
6. Amputation Protocol
7. 911 (Emergency Slaughter)
8. Doctors of Malpractice
9. Tumour Donor
10. Hospital Thieves
11. Splatter Nurse
12. Hypochondriac
13. Ingreso Cadaver
14. Necronatology
15. Intravenous Molestation of Obstructionist Arteries (O-Pus VI)

Lineup

Lugubrious Vocals
Luisma Guitars, Backing Vocals
Ana Belen de Lopez Guitars
Ramón Checa Bass
Daniel Rojas López Drums

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Haemorrhage
Hospital Carnage
April 2012
Released: 2011, Relapse Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

When you think of Spain, you think of many things: sun, sweltering heat, beautiful beaches, paella, F.C. Barcelona, Real Madrid. The one thing you don’t think of quite so readily in association with Spain is goregrind. Coming straight out of Madrid that’s exactly what Haemorrhage are however, starting out as a three-piece and now having changed through circumstance to a five-piece they are a band rapidly carving their own identity in the genre Carcass made so popular in the 80’s. The first incarnation started in 1990 and consisted of: Jose on bass and vocals; Luisma on guitars; and Emilio on drums. This line-up didn’t have the longest shelf life, Emilo left the band in 1991 and that could have well been the end of things. However musicians are made of stronger stuff, with tougher grit and a determination of steel if they’re ever destined to succeed, which Haemorrhage proved. Reforming as a duo this time, Luisma resuming guitar duties, while Jose showed some musical prowess by trading in his four-string for the drummers sticks. The pair both shared the vocal responsibility and went on to release the first E.P. under the Haemorrhage name. Shortly after Grotesque Embryopathology they gained two additional members, Lugubrious taking over vocals and Ramon picking up Jose’s old slot on the bass. With a more stable line-up on board, Haemorrhage sent out a promo tape to Morbid Records – resulting in a two album contract. Second guitarist Ana was then recruited before the release of debut album Emetic Cult. The tumultuous line up had finally settled, or so it seemed until the second of three founding members left the band behind. Jose departed the year following the release of Emetic… citing personal reasons, and a new drummer was found in Rojas. They went out to bring out five studio albums under Morbid records, before signing for Relapse and eventually releasing 2011’s Hospital Carnage.



With the 15 track long album totalling out at just over 35 minutes, it’s very much on the short side however it’s short and sweet. Opening track Open Heart Butchery is a litte over 3 minutes, making it one of the longest songs on the album. A great way to open the album up, it eases you into the record steadily and gives you a taste of what’s to come. Heavy, downtuned riffs with a Pantera/Machine Head-esque groove to it, a bouncy sound which will get you headbanging until the cows come home. As is the standard for most grindcore bands, it is totally devoid of clean vocals and instead every line is delivered with a guttural, vicious growl. Doctors of Malpractice is another stand out track, with enough squeals to make Dime himself proud, and some of the best, grooviest riffing on the album it also features bass interludes in the intermittent pauses in the guitars. From there on in, it pretty much continues at the same pace set on the rest of the album, which if you like it is great however there’s not much in there to surprise you, make it exciting. You know, it’s always good when a band throws a curveball at you, makes you think, breaking the album up and making it somewhat less predictable.



There are parts where it just sounds like a cut and paste of various other bands, moments where it sounds rather like Pantera, Cradle of Fith and Arch Enemy all mixed up into some metal cake, iced over with the occaisional tannoy announcement or vomiting sounds that could be taken off a keyboard. They might have their own identity from the other bands on the grindcore scene but that doesn’t mean this album sounds particularly original. The predictability of the album also detracts from it a lot too, taking an idea and running with it isn’t such a bad thing, but if done to this extent can make the album boring. The production on the album is good enough, it seems well mixed. Everything goes well, nothing drowns anything else. The parts all meshing together or cutting over each other nicely when it feels they should, but with today’s technology and recording techniques you would expect nothing else. A fairly good album based on its own merit, but would strongly recommend you only buy it if you’re already a fan of the band or genre.



Review by: Ollie Thomas
Track Listing

1. Open Heart Butchery
2. Traumaggedon
3. Resuscitation Manoeuvres
4. Flesh-Devouring Pandemia
5. Fomite Fetish
6. Amputation Protocol
7. 911 (Emergency Slaughter)
8. Doctors Of Malpractice
9. Tumour Donor
10. Hospital Thieves
11. Splatter Nurse
12. Hypochondriac
13. Ingreso Cadaver
14. Necronatology
15. Intravenous Molestation of Obstructionist Arteries

Lineup

Lugubrious – Vocals
Luisma – Guitars
Ana – Guitars
Ramon – Bass
Rojas – Drums

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