Released: 2013, Mortis Humanae Productions
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
With a serious interest in whiskey and Satan comes Rotten Liver, a sort of death n’ roll/black metal hybrid outfit from the Brittany region of France. Their debut EP PURIFICATION BY DEBAUCHERY is reminiscent of early Satyricon and latter day Darkthrone, which is to say, it’s black metal album at its core, but it’s a black metal album with a little more character than you might be used to hearing.
Personally speaking, it’s f@#king refreshing to hear black metal done with a little panache like this as opposed to yet another lo-fi one-man project built off a keyboard and a digital recorder trying to sound ultra KVLT. Nay, PURIFICATION BY DEBAUCHERY is a riff heavy collection of tunes that quickly grabs your attention. “Infamous Nil” and “Become the Arcanthropos” have a more traditional black metal agenda, but offer some interesting arrangements in the way of some tastefully displayed harmony licks and some RIDE THE LIGHTNING-esque riffage. “Black N’ Rot” is the token homage to Venom/Bathory, while the closing title track recalls the melody line from “Seasons in the Abyss”. Not that that’s a bad thing, but just sayin’. Is Rotten Liver doing anything revolutionary here? Not quite, but they do deliver some quality metal that holds up after repeated listens. Horns held way up high for that.
I liked PURIFICATION BY DEBAUCHERY after the first listen, and I liked it enough to go back for a second and a third. It’s an album that’s got some teeth, and it’s diverse enough to appeal to both current and former fans of the black metal genre. If you’re got an affinity for bands like Khold, Plaag, or even the aforementioned Darkthrone or Satyricon, go out on a limb and check out Rotten Liver. Take a stroll to the band’s website for details and purchase info.