Oodles of Brutals XII: Brutal on Both Sides

It’s been just a little over a month since the last Oddles of Brutals; that has to be some sort of record.  2020 continues to be a banner year for all sorts of sonic brutality, so without further ado, let’s take a look at another batch of brutal, slamming and technical death metal marvels.

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Oodles of Brutals X: In Space, No One Can Hear You Slam

Devourment for Relapse Records, January 17, 2019.

Well friends, it’s been nearly eight months since the last Oodles of Brutals, which means we’re long overdue for another deep dive into the world of all things brutal and slamming.  So without further ado…

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Gorepot – Asian Stoned Effect (Brutal Mind, 2018)

Slam is one of the most over-the-top subgenres of metal and they don’t come any more absurdly OTT than Taipei City, Taiwan’s Gorepot.  The brainchild of ubiquitous slam god Larry Wang (Facelift Deformation, Fatuous Rump, Guttural Corpora Cavernosa, Maggot Colony, Umbilical Asphyxia, Coprocephalic, Fat Tub of Lard Records), Asian Stoned Effect is the band’s seventh album and it’s also one of the most ri-goddamn-diculous slamming death metal albums you’re ever going to hear.

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Fetor / Crepitation – Onset of Horrendosity (Deformeathing Production, 2019)

Split releases can be difficult to review due to the competitive vibe they give off.  Although it’s likely not the intention, it always feels like a battle between the bands involved.  Indeed, Onset of Horrendosity is a slamming brutal death metal death match between two up-and-coming acts, Fetor and Crepitation, and both are young, hungry contenders.  Which band will put the slam smackdown on the other and come out on top?

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Gorevent – In the Face of… (Abnormal Exaggeration Records, 2018)

In just under fifteen years, Niigata City, Japan’s Gorevent have become the country’s preeminent purveyors of slamming brutal death metal. Their mission to distill the subgenre down to its purest form continues on their fourth album, In the Face of… and the result is one of their finest releases to date.

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Oodles of Brutals IX: Slammath, Bloody Slammath

Has it really only been a month and a half since I last posted one of these?  That’s got to be a new record.  Whatever the case, we’ve got a lot of crucial slamz and mandatory brutality to cover this time around, from the nearby Bay Area all the way to the Land Down Under, so without further ado, let’s dig in…

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Wormed – Krighsu (Season of Mist, 2016)

Let’s just get it out of the way; Wormed is the best brutal death metal band on the planet.  They proved themselves to be head and shoulders above the blast-beat ridden competition with the release of 2013’s Exodromos, an album that raised the bar for the subgenre to an almost impossibly high standard and was one of that year’s best albums.  Fast-forward three years, and the Spaniards have returned from the maw of the black hole to cement their supremacy with Krighsu.

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Rendered Helpless – Unstoppable Parasites (self-released, 2016)

Those of you that followed my previous blog should be well aware of my love for brutal death metal and slam. Given that I don’t get nearly enough good promos of this stuff, I like to trawl the web every so often in search of all things gory, gross and mosh-worthy.  It was during a recent plunge through the depths of that wretched hive of scum and villainy known as Bandcamp that I came across the slamming sensation known as Rendered Helpless.

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