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Review: Visceral Damage - Garden of Mutilation
Visceral Damage
Garden of Mutilation

Label: Xtreem Music
Year released: 2004
Duration: 33:48
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death/Grind


Review online: October 23, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 2.2/5 (44%) (5 Votes)

I've listened to this album several times and the only lasting impression is: Why? What's the point? Brutal Death Metal bordering on grindcore, with puke growls and some annoying sounds resulting from I don't know what: You know when you're taking a walk and you can hear a bunch of frogs blabber on the side of the road? Well there's some of that in here. The bad news: It's not a bunch of frogs. I don't know what it is, and I don't care. How annoying. Anyway.. As can be expected the thematic here is gore - not that I can make out the vocals, but the song names are a good indicator. I've always wondered what the appeal was, and I still do. Maybe some revolted teenagers enjoy this stuff for a while? I've rarely run into a gore-death album that has some good qualities. This here is average: Not horrible (for the genre, anyway), but you've heard it a thousand times before. Hyperspeed music, played so fast it often sounds like crap (see the "frogs" comment earlier), and not much left for you to remember once the album is over.

Xtreem Music have some great bands but also some stinkers and some disposable (aka non-essential) stuff on their roster. Visceral Damage's debut is somewhere in-between the last two. But hey, if gore-death is your stuff, maybe you'll like this anyway if you just can't get enough... Definitely non-essential and for inveterate fans of the genre only.

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