|Review: Stench - In Putrescence|
Label: Agonia Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: October 28, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (12 Votes)
Stench are yet another old school death metal band, Swedish of course and with two of the dudes from Tribulation playing. It's hard not to compare this to Tribulation, and when weighing the bands up together Stench are certainly the weaker act. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad album by any stretch of the word, though in saying that this really isn't that great either.
This is quite energetic, and can get pretty mean at times with some blast beating, and some particularly dirty riffing. There's also a slight hint of black metal which is pretty cool. The production is clear with clarity for every instrument. The bass is very nicely placed in the mix and really gives this a more menacing feel.
However on the whole In Putrescence comes off as just a little disjointed. Tracks such as "Ghosts" and "Drenched in the Light" particularly reinforce this point. However there is some fun to be had, "Breath of the Rottenness" despite its ridiculous name has some kick ass riffage, and when it kicks off around 20 seconds or so in things get fairly intense. However moments such as those don't appear as often as I would have liked.
All in all this one left me pretty cold and I can't imagine myself spinning it again, however fans of Swedish death metal might find a little more joy, although I would suggest checking out a few tracks before making a purchase. "Face of Death" would be a good track to check out, it's short, succinct and to the point and I would have liked to see more tracks of this caliber.
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