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Review: Refusal - Epitome of Void
Epitome of Void

Label: Great Dane Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 31:55
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: February 27, 2019
Reviewed by: Rocky Ghosh
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Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (6 Votes)

Refusal sounds like a punkish hardcore outfit from the suburbs, but the initial shock was to know that they are a crusty old school death metal band with a fleshy blend of grindcore that spawned from Helsinki back in 2008. The band went through several lineup changes over the years but managed to release seven demos and compilation. After all these canon fire releases of demos, their first full-length album, We Rot Within, was released in 2016 via German label FDA Records.

Epitome of Void is the title of their sophomore album released in January of 2019 by French record label Great Dane Records. This new offering consists of nine brutally blunt tracks, comprising nearly 32 minutes worth of insanity. Musically, it continues in the spirit of the first album but there are more variations in the songs and with unadulterated assimilation of intense energy and innate darkness along with the lyrics moving in bearish and gloomy subjects at the individual level; there is an inner sense of paranoia and murkiness in the sounds and compositions of the whole record. The fast artillery of the first two songs give a taste of Napalm Death but then we plunge into a slower phase with "Disregard". While "Disgust" is greatly inspired by Cannibal Corpse, "Slaves" is definitely the slowest of this album and contains much more guitars than the other songs. "Exploit" proceeds in a straightforward manner with D-beat and blast beats and is the only song that clocks under two minutes. Continuing with "Futile", which delivers high-speed punk warfare, the album's finishing line, "Void," is a bit more melodious than the other songs and the atmosphere becomes consuming, like an ending after spells of furious madness.

Refusal deliver familiar and sometimes rather formulaic death metal but still manage to work in its own favor by way of its brutally grinding and aggressively energetic nature, which without any doubt makes them a rather unique outfit among other Finnish death metal bands, compared with the distinctive dismal, amorphous and rotten style of the old school Finnish death metal we are all used to. Fans of Napalm Death, Nasum and Entombed should check out Epitome of Void.

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