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Monstrosity
Enslaving The Masses
December 2001
Released: 2001, Conquest Music
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: EvilG

When referring to death metal bands, some say they don’t make them like they used to. Well, maybe they do but I haven’t heard much of it. I’m referring of course to the brutal death metal that Florida was known for in the early to mid 90’s. One band that is still slugging it out is Monstrosity. The band may never be a huge “hit” nor might they attain even the levels that Morbid Angel has reached. However, they deserve to and then some. Anyone familiar with my musical tastes knows that when it comes to death metal I’m a very picky and discerning listener. Since Monstrosity’s previous release, IN DARK PURITY (1999), I’ve considered them to be one of the top bands in their style. That fact is again driven home with their new release ENSLAVING THE MASSES.



Monstrosity’s new album is a two CD set. The first disc, entitled “Crave The Blood”, features remixed songs from the IMPERIAL DOOM album, SLAVES AND MASTERS demo, and the cult HORROR INFINITY demo (finally on CD)! The vocals on “Crave the Blood” are all by the original Monstrosity vocalist, George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, who is now in Cannibal Corpse. The remixed songs from IMPERIAL DOOM sound great and are a definite improvement from the original. The HORROR INFINITY demo was never released on CD. Apparently the band unfortunately lost the master tape so they had to transfer the songs from tape to CD. It sounds a bit rough, but this is the best quality that is available….in all it’s not that bad! The same goes for the closing songs on here from the SLAVES AND MASTERS demo in terms of the rough sound quality.



The second CD, “Stages of Decay” is the live album comprised of performances from different gigs from the IN DARK PURITY tour. This is the main album that makes this release so great! Although this was mixed and mastered at Morrisound Studios and the sound is pretty good, it could of been a bit brighter. There are two cover songs on here with "Deadlock" by Dead Brain Cells and the classic “Angel of Death” by Slayer. The vocalist on this one is Jason Avery (vocalist on IN DARK PURITY). Unfortunately, Avery left the band sometime during the tour and Sam Molina has since stepped in. We’ll get to hear him on the band’s next album that is slated to come out in early 2002. The highlights on this one are of course the songs from IN DARK PURITY…because like I already mentioned, that is my favorite Monstrosity album. Hotspots include “The Angels Venom”, “Perpetual War”, “Imperial Doom” and “Angel of Death.” Every drum fill, lead and vocal line is delivered with brutal intensity. This is a band that is as good live as on studio album. If you like any death metal at all, see them live if it’s possible.



If you haven’t heard anything by Monstrosity, this may not be the best place to start. Pick up their IN DARK PURITY album first….in fact if you like death metal and you don’t have that album in your possession you should get off your ass and order it NOW!!! After that, check this one out…a true gem for Monstrosity fans!



Track listing:



Disc 1 – Crave The Blood

IMPERIAL DOOM

1. Imperial Doom

2. Ceremonial Void

3. Darkest Dream

4. Vicious Mental Thirst

5. Final Cremation



HORROR INFINITY

6. Definitive Inquisition

7. Immense Malignancy

8. Horror Infinity

9. The Burden Of Evil



SLAVES AND MASTERS

10. Manic

11. Stormwinds

12. Slaves And Masters





Disc 2 – Stages To Decay

(Recorded at: Gulfport MS, Memphis TN, Huntsville AL, Atlanta GA, and Tampa FL – USA)



1. The Eternal Hunt

2. Destroying Divinity

3. Hymns Of Tragedy

4. Fatal Millennium

5. Final Cremation

6. The Angels Venom

7. Perpetual War

8. The Burden Of Evil

9. Deadlock

10. Horror Infinity

11. Imperial Doom

12. Angel Of Death





Look up Monstrosity on their label’s website - http://www.conquestmusic.com

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