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Review: Visceral Damage - Icon of Massive Murder
Visceral Damage
Icon of Massive Murder

Label: Metal Age Productions
Year released: 2008
Duration: 36:40
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: January 30, 2009
Reviewed by: Tony Augsburg
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

Creativity is the name of the game probably about 99% of the time when I listen to a brutal Death Metal band (remember 73% or was it 58% of statistics are made up?). When an album comes around and it doesn't sound like most of all the other bullshit coming out in this genre, it is like finding a ruby in a pile of dirt, (yeah bad analogy - shut up). Visceral Damage brings to the table music that hasn't really been heard before but can obviously fit into a genre and please fans.

Within Icon of Massive Murder the band creates riffs that are original and at times breathtaking for me to hear. It is really hard to think of things to say about this album because it is actually good enough that I don't really have any negative things to say about it. Except maybe there isn't a standout track on this album, well do they all sound the same then? No, that is not the case; but there just really isn't that one track I could put on and just destroy things to. The whole album does work for that purpose, but not just a single track.

The album is rather catchy at times too, always a plus for I. Brutality plays a big role and this could not be the case if the riffs were not sharp and piercing, an edge would be lost from this album. This combined with good vocals and overall chaotic music makes the album a good selection to put on. Visceral Damage makes many other brutal death bands look like amateurs.

The band does not resort to using pathetic breakdowns. I can honestly say that I did not hear a single breakdown that reminded me of an anal skewer. With such originality, the band may be out of ideas or this can be proof that bands today still can reach a level of brutality without copying another band's style and without using simplistic riffs or breakdowns any goon could write.

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