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Review: Flatulated - Tales of the Gruesome and Horrifying
Tales of the Gruesome and Horrifying

Label: Order of Death
Year released: 2010
Duration: 31:09
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: October 27, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
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Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (7 Votes)

Abrasive and raw death metal in the form of Carcass circa Symphonies of Sickness is performed by Flatulated. The approach that is found sounds like a scalpel was used to construct the riff patterns. It's very straightforward death metal that also shares some of its primitiveness with Obituary and other acts. Regardless, people looking for a stripped down approach to the death metal genre might find what they're looking for here. Unfortunately, the band need to incorporate more depth if they want to reach the level some death metal acts like the aforementioned Carcass have found themselves at on albums such as Necroticism.

The music is just too simple and verges on generic frequently. There is some merit to be found here, but the music is just too bland. There are sections that repeat and fade away from memory, though there might be some level of catchiness associated with them. Death metal musicians often want to create more memorable passages than this if they want to be truly effective. The track "Flatulator" is one of the stronger ones here, but a relatively inconsistent musical collection follows that has the odd high point.

The vocals are appropriate enough for the style with gurgles and screeches complementing the music to be found. Musically, however, the band need to push in a more creative direction if they want to catch the interest of the listener. Adding more twists and turns to the song structures as well as altering an approach that verges slightly on juvenile would be a good a way to start in the right direction. Death metal fans that will listen to almost anything might want to give this a try, but I don't really think this release is worthy of a really high appreciation. With more effort in the future, Flatulated will perhaps improve in positive directions.

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