|Review: Sepsis - With No Mercy...|
|With No Mercy...|
Label: Metal Age Productions
Year released: 2009
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: October 24, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:With No Mercy...
This is the first full-length release from Czech brutal death metal band Sepsis, although these guys aren't mere newcomers to the table, having released a series of demos and splits from 2004 onwards. Sepsis are a pretty cool band and while undeniably brutal this is a welcome break from the stream of Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation clones out there, although the influence of said bands can be certainly heard throughout With No Mercy...
Imagine a few of the guys from bands such as the aforementioned Suffocation, Gorguts and maybe Necrophagist performing the soundtrack to a demented killer torturing and eventually murdering his hapless victim and you'll get a good idea of what With No Mercy... sounds like. Failing that just take a look at the album cover and the track listing, "Collection of Body (P)Arts", "Tears, Blood & Cry (TBC)", you get the picture. This is disgusting, filthy death metal but I can't help enjoying every second of this.
Whilst the majority of the track listing does have an air of sameness to it, there's a bloody swathe of buzz-saw guitar work to be had, with insane flashes of technicality and blast beats, topped off with the varying vocal approach. We're treated to typical death growls, screams, and disgusting gurgles. Sound clips are inserted here and there. In the introduction to the track "Revenge" there are cries of a man shouting "somebody help me" repeatedly, which really invokes imagery of the scene depicted in the album artwork. The pace never ceases, constantly bludgeoning you like a pick axe to the head. It's not until the final track that we find a release from the face-ripping, a quiet melodic instrumental that I can't help feeling a little uneasy listening to after the assault of the previous eight songs.
Overall if you're a fan of brutal and/or technical death metal this is a release worthy of your attention, and I think Sepsis could be a band to watch out for, they have the technicality, and some of the ideas are quality, I just feel they need to cut back on the excesses. Fans outside of this scene won't find anything here to change their mind, although if you want to scare the shit out of your little sister/brother/niece/nephew then this is an album to do it with.
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