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Review: Mutilation - Conflict Inside
Conflict Inside

Label: Adipocere Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 45:30
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: April 6, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Conflict Inside

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)

It says something about the scene in general when a band's promo sheet has to list them as 'old-school death metal'. I mean, do we have so many subgenres that just saying 'Death Metal' is not enough? Sigh. I guess not, as there are so many mutations of the sound that now no band can call themselves just Death Metal – they have to add an adjective. Mutilation are a Polish band who really are digging right back down to the roots of the genre, ignoring the Gothenburger sound as well as the tech stylings of the modern US scene.

I really like this album a lot. Mutilation have released 3 albums, and if the other 2 are this good I want them too. The song titles may not impress, and the band name is about as generic as it gets, but this is indeed old-styled crushing Death Metal slayage hearkening back to the days of Possessed or early Death. There's quite a bit of Swedish DM influence here too, as a lot of these tunes are midpaced with some groove to them, but what I like about this band is they are all about the riff – heavy, crunchety riffs that you can't help but air-guitar to while your head bangs. Yes, the vocals are a very standard Deathgrowl, and yes the drum recording is a bit tinny, but the guitar tone is thick and heavy as a bag of bricks, and the riffs are hellaciously cool. The songwriting is really sharp, and has enough variation and time-shifts to keep from getting dull. This album is a nice, fat 45 minutes that feels more like 30, as you just don't want to riffage to stop.

For good old Death Metal in the Fleshcrawl/Dismember/Suffocation mode with no gimmicks except for killer fucking songs, Mutilation are definitely a band to check out. This is just a really fucking good album, and I can't pick favorite tracks since every one crushes. I would highly recommend this to Death fans of all stripes, as this is what Death Metal is all about.

Track Listing:
  1. Intro
  2. Conflict Inside
  3. Damned Mortality
  4. Revolt In Myself
  5. Rise For Victory
  6. The Eye Of Inferno
  7. In The Name Of Heresy
  8. Imminent Chaos
  9. Liar's Resurrection
  10. Mutilation (Death Cover)
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