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Review: Festerguts - Heritage of Putrescent
Heritage of Putrescent

Label: Gormageddon Productions
Year released: 2013
Duration: 31:36
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: February 14, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)

Wow, this is some cool and even unique Russian Death Metal here. Festerguts' style is described as atmospheric, semi-symphonic, brutal Death Metal and I cannot argue with that description. Right off the bat, opening song "Above a Cold Body: Pre-funeral Preparations," takes the listener by surprise; brutal Death Metal with classical female vocals (courtesy of Viktoria "Filth" Belchenkova). How cool and unique is that? I cannot recall hearing anything like that before.

Heritage of Putrescent, which is the debut full-length studio album from these Russian Death Metallers, is a well-written assault of mainly fast tempo and riff-orientated Death Metal, and should remind people of genre heroes like Deicide and Cannibal Corpse, and even Spanish death dealers, Avulsed (especially vocally). The bass sound is clear and one can really follow some of Ivan's bass runs easily, while Sergey, who is responsible for some of the programmed parts, has managed to bring some needed depth to the song structures.

I like the album quite a lot as it truly offers something a little bit different. Viktoria deserves some of the credit for pushing the envelope with her classically trained voice. Brutal Death Metal with occasional female vocals sounds absurd, insane even, but it works surprisingly well on Heritage of Putrescent. Check this record out.

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