Smokin Joe Fritzl
This is the debut EP of one of Scotland’s brightest hopes – Cancerous Womb – who are gamely sailing the brown seas of Dimebag necrofellatio, scene kids and bands that think Lamb of God are cutting edge genius to deliver some actual Death Metal to our poor, tired anuses. Seeing as there are only 3 songs on this, I’ll do a track by track…
This is, of course, the greatest track name of all time, and it is coupled to one of my favourite Death Metal staples – the patented ‘reversed evil intro’. Morbid Angel would be proud. Once we flip back into the right direction we’re off with some polyrythymic force, and some excellent mid-paced action that touches my plums in all the right places. The song ends with a slidey riff and the repetition of the almost playground (apt) chant of ‘V.I. Paedophile!’ This section really should have a chorus of little kids chanting this in thrash gang vocal style though. Tsk.
2 Up To My Nuts In Guts
Well the start of this song reminds me very much of the intro of Invisible Control by Decapitated (definitely not a bad thing), and featuring some prolonged groove sections, again with some flourishes that hint at polyrythyms, showing a definite Meshuggah influence. The riff at 2:36 is the stand out moment from the demo, definitely worthy of stoving someone’s face in with a sledgehammer to and the rest of the song pretty much crushes from then on in.
3 Austrian Basement
This opens with another groovy passage to which I can’t help but imagine fat Goths dancing to but it then nicely chunkifies into some solid death metal aggression. We are treated to some more dissonant riffing with some excellently structured passages before out of nowhere there is a weird space out that sounds like the sudden onset of tinnitus, or worse, like a section from trance anthems. We also get our one and only solo, which is nearly all tremolo picking, presumably to add intensity, but to me this is something that somewhat detracts from it, as the atmosphere might have been better built with single notes. It also sounds rather lonely without a guitar track behind it, which is obviously to recreate their live setup, but doesn’t work so well in a crisper studio recording where backup is more conspicuous by its absence. Some fat ass palm muted chords behind it would have had me jizzing into an early grave.
Overall this is very promising, with some great passages, structures and riffs, well thought out vocal patterns and some large metaphorical hairy testes. The Austrian Basement EP comfortably puts them at the very forefront of the Edinburgh metal scene (even if that is like beating 50 bald men in a hair combing competition), and I think that with some further refinement they will be nicely poised for world domination. Or on the sex offenders register. Probably both.
…and winners of the hotly contested ‘Leave The Hall Demo Of The Year 2009′