March 17, 2020

Devourment - Butcher The Weak (2005)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Death Metal
Style: Brutal Death Metal
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© 2005 Devourment (Self-released)
Review by Jeremy Garner for Your Last Rites.com
I’ve always been a big fan of brutal death metal, but the particulars always seem to come down to the fine print of the exact style the band plays. I’m a humongous fan of bands like Decrepit Birth, Malignancy, and Brodequin that utilize all out brutality with no cessation whatsoever, but the more groove oriented slam death side of brutality is usually one that completely evades me. However, Devourment is one of the few bands that manages to bridge that gap of the more deathgrind oriented side of things ala Disgorge, while simultaneously having enough variation and groove to keep the Dying Fetus fans happy enough.
Brutal death metal is a genre that is often plagued with monotony and unoriginality, so any time a band comes along who is actually able to maintain high levels of intensity while retaining the listener’s interest is a band worth taking note of. All the trademarks of the genre are here: low booming gutturals from the vocalist, frantic and aggressive drumming, guitar riffs that bombard the listener with both chunky, slowdowns and those that lacerate the listener with their rapid fire speed. Songs like “Masturbating on the Slab”, “Serial Cocksucker”, and “Babykiller” rely heavily on their maddeningly pit enducing groovesm while the likes of “Butcher the Weak”, “Autoerotic Asphyxiation”, and “Fuck Her Head Off” blast forward with a single-minded tenacity that lunges forward without a single hint of hesitation. This is all fine and dandy, but what separates them from the pack sure as hell isn’t their sound. What completely does it for me is while I’ve heard the same type of riffs over and over again, here is a band that finally gets the formula right and keeps me captivated for the duration of the album, only like the top-notch tour de forces like Guttural Secrete can ever manage.
If you already own the original version of Butcher the Weak and were completely content with everything, then this re-recording will mean very little to you, but for those of you who haven’t yet experienced Devourment, this is one band whose nature isn’t to disappoint. In the broad spectrum of things, Devourment accomplish absolutely nothing that hasn’t been done before, but the strong draw towards them is directly due to how goddamn well they manage to get things done. Not every release is meant to be a revolutionary milestone or even remotely groundbreaking; sometimes it’s just as nice as being able to enjoy a record by sitting back and soaking in the brutality without having to think.

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