8/16/2019

Cerebral Rot- Odious Descent into Decay (Album Review)

Musician: Cerebral Rot
Album Title: Odious Descent into Decay
Genre/ Subgenre: Death Metal
Label: 20 Buck Spin
Release Date: August 16, 2019

Seattle, Washington's death metal act Cerebral Rot make their debut with the absolutely crushing and rot filled Odious Descent into Decay. This album completely blew me away with its fetid air of unhinged brutality.

The band consists of members of bands from the area like Fetid, Cauterized, Caustic Wound, and others. They are extremely talented with musicianship that will rip your bowels right out with their musical brutality. The guitars have a sound as if they came from a hell-spawned gutter and the drums are heavy and deep with a brutal usage of blast-beats. The deep and very guttural growls of vocalist Purveyor of Destruction sounds like it comes from the deepest cesspool of rot and decay.

The album opens up with a haunting intro to the title track. It goes into an almost doomy crunch that gathers more and more energy and anger resulting in a face melting sound that will pummel your face into a steel gutter. The excellent drumming skills of Drew O'Bryant are on full display from this very first track with shifts from slow to lightning fast. "Swamped in Festering Excrement", aside from having an extremely touching title, sounds and feels like a putrid corpse rising and dragging itself from the filthiest and most grotesque place imaginable. It is an absolute monster of crunching banger. And, if you want a truly blistering act of filthy speed and unrelenting brutality, then look no further than the track "Cerebral Rot". One of the aspects of this album is the more I hear it, the more I like it. Tracks begin to sound better and better, as you appreciate the changes and talent, therein more and more.

Cerebral Rot's Odious Descent into Decay is the soundtrack to the most fetid and foul hell you can imagine. And, then as you are driven  there head first, your face melts as it hits the foulest of toxic shit. Believe me, though, this description is meant as the highest form of compliment. The best part is it only gets better and better with each listening. Which if one considers just how much my jaw dropped on the first spin, is saying a lot! Make no bones about it, this is the single best extreme metal debut of the year, that I have heard. In all, this is a fetid and killer piece of putrid death metal.


4 out of 5

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