Ever since releasing the underrated classic Supreme Entity back in 1999, Japanese brutal death metallers Vomit Remnants have been something of an on again / off again band; Metal Archives lists their years active as 1997-2001, 2001-2005, 2015-present. This might explain why it took them nearly two decades to record and release a follow-up in the form of this year’s Hyper Groove Brutality, but rest assured it was more than worth the wait.
Vomit Remnants returns with a re-tooled lineup centered around founding drummer Keisuke Tsuboi, who proves that he hasn’t forgotten how to lay down a scintillating groove on tracks such as opener “Burning From Within” and the awesomely titled “Die Fast and Blasting.” Tsuboi’s new bandmates are no slouches either; Kei Ishida of the equally mighty Infernal Revulsion steps in on guitar and bass to bring the chugging, down-tuned riff-chunder, while Russian vocalist Dimitry Orlov puts in a surprisingly versatile performance that often recalls Dying Fetus’ John Gallagher at his most guttural (never a bad thing).
Indeed, Hyper Groove Brutality might just be the most aptly titled brutal death metal album of the last several years, as it is quite literally all about the groove and the brutality at all times, yet the album as a whole is far from one-dimensional and each song has its own distinct character in spite of sticking to the band’s extremely well-defined songwriting parameters. Hyper Groove Brutality isn’t the sort of album that’s going to surprise you, rather it’s a shining example of a ridiculously high level of craftsmanship within an established form; Vomit Remnants aren’t as technical as their countrymen Desecravity, nor are they as willfully primitive as Gorevent; instead, they hit that sweet spot right in-between those two extremes.
We’re only four months into 2017 and Unique Leader has already set the bar ridiculously high for brutal death metal with devastating releases from the likes of Condemned and Beheaded, but Hyper Groove Brutality just might be my favorite one of the entire batch so far. Only time will tell as to whether or not it will come to be held in the same high regard as Supreme Entity, but I can tell you right now that I’ve had more fun listening to it than just about any other BDM album I’ve heard this year.