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Review: Grog - Scooping the Cranial Insides
Scooping the Cranial Insides

Label: Murder Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 37:23
Tracks: 13
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: June 22, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Scooping the Cranial Insides

Rated 2.8/5 (56%) (5 Votes)

I couldn't help have a little chuckle at the name of this band. Grog, that sounds like the name of a Neanderthal cave dweller "Me, Grog. This, brutal death metal". Immature joking aside, Grog are a brutal death/grind act from Portugal who have been slugging it out since 10,000BC (couldn't help myself).

So, here we have album number three from Grog; Scooping the Cranial Insides. Lets have a quick run down the brutal death metal checklist: Disgusting, bloody front cover? Sure thing. Ridiculous lyrics about murder and anal sex? Of course. More blast beats than you can shake a stone wheel at? Well duh. Indecipherable vocals? The odd slam groove? Suffocation/Cannibal Corpse-style riffs? Yes, yes and yes. You like brutal death metal? I can guarantee you're going to enjoy this.

In fact I actually quite like this myself. I didn't have high hopes as this came in a batch of fairly average promos I received but Scooping the Cranial Insides is cool. The band boast enough in the way of badass riffs to keep me interested, and with the exception of a few over the top blasting moments this is really quite headbangable. The band have traces of old school death metal in them which is just great, and it pleases me greatly that they don't neglect the bass.

Tracks such as "Hanged by the Cojones" and "Sicko" are really quite punishing. "Anal Core" is bloody hilarious, for the most part an arse-ripping (excuse the pun) exercise in brutal death metal, but towards the end the band samples some female moaning, screaming, and then uttering the lines "You bastard, wreck my vault, sperm my bowels, for god's sake!" Now that is fucking funny.

All in all this is solid, and brutal death metal fans could do a lot worse than adding this to their collection. I'll definitely revisit this when the mood strikes, as I've found a good degree of enjoyment here. The majority of the tracks hit their mark well, but I'll probably skip "Anal Core" unless I'm looking for a cheap laugh.

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