Released: 2004, Metal Blade
It has been said that metal is war and death metal is the final battlefield. If this theory holds true then Sweden’s Vomitory are one of the long-standing foot soldiers on the campaign of musical destruction.
Vomitory have been around the battlefield for years as this is their fifth CD. They have been around long enough that we know they are not going to get that promotion in the ranks to stand along side the high command of Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse and Decide. Instead each year they trudge along aside by side with comrades, Malevolent Creation, Fleshcrawl, Immolation, Monstrosity and so on.
Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. It translates into yet another standard brutal death metal album. Not much originality and in fact if anything they have toned down the gore and shock since making it onto the Metal Blade armoured convoy. These battle hardened warriors have survived where so many have failed and yet seem destined to stay in the lower tier of a difficult genre.
However by know you would think they would learn that in a competitive genre you should at least try new things. Instead we get another dull, standard issue death metal cover that is too blurry. The graphics are dull just close up shots of the cover art, there are no liner notes and very few credits and only one photo of the band. The lyrics are pretty standard fare, offensive and vile to non-metal fans but yawn inducing for experienced death metal fans. ‘Chainsaw Surgery’? Is that the best they could come up with?
The tone and tempo of the album are good, good enough for the band to have survived this long and keep making music but not innovative enough to capture the buzz in the underground of new recruits and army buddies Vehemence or even Cattle Decapitation.
This review may read in quite a negative fashion but in reality I did quite like this CD. To me it is ‘easy-listening’ death. PRIMAL MASSACRE is straight ahead, brutal angry and raw, tons of guitars not altogether challenging but fully entertaining. Vomitory stand proud among another 40 or so bands that make up the core of the death corps. They are veterans and survivors of metal trench warfare and are the backbone of the ever-conquering death army.