THE RAVENOUS (USA): “Assembled in Blasphemy” Cd 2000 Hammerheart


In almost 15 years I passed listening to Death Metal, I never found this complete perfection. THE RAVENOUS is not just a Death Metal band, it personifies every aspect that makes this music unique, every single piece creating a picture which incarnates the essence itself of filth, ferocity and perversion. The sound is exhumed directly from the band who created Death Metal: AUTOPSY. Straight from the bowels of inferno, THE RAVENEOUS brought me back a few years when AUTOPSY was king, with their perfect, filthy sound, their undistinguishable class in writing guitar arrangements, a fucking brilliant zombie cover artwork, two of the most original and influential vocals of all time, Killjoy and Chris Reifert (fuck, they only need some backings by Stevo and you got the trinity of the Horror Death Gods), and perverse, doom parts which are the sound of decomposition and putrefaction. Men, I don’t know how to explain it with bare words but this CD is pure art, it is exactly the paragon of perfection every Death Metal band should strive to follow, the sound, the vibe, the feeling is so great I almost cried in rapture when I heard it for the first time. Absolte classic masterpiece at the levels of Reign in Blood, Severed Survival, Horror of the Zombies, Altars of Madness, Symphonies of Sickness… The words “AUTOPSY resurrected”
are not a boast, Not at all. The work behind this CD is unbelievable,
monolithic, absolutely terrific: no fucking exaggerations, the
best album I have heard since AUTOPSY was buried for the first
time (but then, being AUTOPSY the definition itself of Death,
could they really be considered dead forever? In other words,
can Death die? Leave these questions to H.P.Lovecraft, and get
this Cd instead of reading these rants). What really makes the
big spot in this Cd is not the appearance of Killjoy of NECROPHAGIA
but the core of the band, Danny Coralles, Chirs Reifert (father
of Death Metal) Clint Bower, in other words, the original AUTOPSY…
Now the music isn’t the carbon copy of the band, a bit more horrorific
in the Necrophagia style, and with what is possibly the best Death
Metal artwork of all time by the big (fat) tatto artist Paul Booth,
this Cd was unbelievable when I first got the raw mix through
black market means a few months before the actual release. Like
I said, it’s not thoroughly an AUTOPSY self ripoffs although they
maintain every atom of their original filthy energy, Death Metal
spurting from every rotting orifice, wound and guitar twist. The
music is death Metal of the best sort in ages, thick, accurate,
perfectly woven between doom laden decomposing atmospheres that
sucks air from your lungs, to messy sublime accelerations that
deviate in chaos and brain fucking melodies, lyrics are the typical
AUTOPSY/NUCLEAR DEATH like bad taste, you know, dogs, rust, piss,
carvings and stuff, These guys must be mad, in some way absolutely
insane, they really recreate soundscapes like none is able to
do today, not even the bigger names, in a moment when the magic
comes and goes, when the scene is so controversial, an album like
this is beyond words, really seems to be from other times, other
worlds. I know I won’t have the ability to describe song by song
this Cd, but believe me, it’s the best thing happened to Death
metal in a very long time. Top prizes go to “Ageless Existence”
and “Keep my Grave” open, but every track is a masterpiece
by itself really.
Logo by Mark Riddick (you know who the man is)

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