Visceral Disgorge – Slithering Evisceration
Reviewed: August, 2019
Released: 2019, Agonia Records
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Distance creates nostalgia, and nostalgia affords certain bands and/or albums a near legendary status simply on the merit of that distance. Visceral Disgorge’s 2011 debut INGESTING PUTRIDITY was indeed a seething slab of underground death metal, but the lack of new material and a limited live presence in the time since then has elevated the VD brand to almost mythic proportions. So with the announcement of a proper sophomore release due this year via Agonia Records and a national tour on the horizon, expectations are understandably high. With a sibling to compare it to, does INGESTING PUTRIDITY still hold up as well as we remember it? With almost an entirely new lineup, would a new Visceral Disgorge even sound like the VD we remember?
The 9 new tracks on SLITHERING EVISCERATION sound like a fully loaded, luxury edition of Visceral Disgorge. The guts of the band’s 2011 sound is still fully intact, with no shortage of pinched harmonics or maniacal riffs chugging atonally across the spectrum. But the songs are tighter and more concise, and the technical prowess on songs like “Necrotic Biogenesis” and “Spawn of Putridity” boarders on Suffocation-grade proficiency. Not that the performances on INGESTING PUTRIDITY weren’t impressive, but there’s a tangible differential in how these new tunes are constructed and deployed. And while this new material doesn’t stray far from the path tread by its predecessor, the level of proficiency makes all the difference.
Vocalist (and lone original member) Travis Werner’s performance, however, sounds like it was recorded from inside a closet. The guy has a respectably guttural delivery, but he must’ve drawn the shortest straw when mixing the album. The instruments have a slick, dynamic presence across the disc, but the growls sound woefully thin and two steps underneath everything else by comparison. And that’s a real bummer, because like I said, the guy has a respectably guttural delivery. I’d love to swizzle some of the eq levels on songs like the beastly “Transfixed in Torture” and its hidden coda.
But hey – after an 8 year drought, Visceral Disgorge are officially back. And while the nostalgia factor of their debut casts a long shadow, SLITHERING EVISCERATION succeeds in reintroducing the band to the masses and setting the tone for what’s to come next. Minor qualms aside, it’s a good time, and if you had any idea who Visceral Disgorge was before reading this, you’re gonna dig the new record.