Vomitory - _Blood Rapture_
(Metal Blade, 2002)
by: David Rocher (
The great kingdom of Sweden, internationally renowned for Scandinavian trademark death metal, Saab Viggen fighters, Volvo automobiles and, very soon, Vomitory musical steamhammers -- for there is no better way to describe the blasting, monolithic slab of grinding oblivion which comes in the guise of Vomitory's fourth release. More cohesive and directed than ever they were before, Vomitory have tapped upon a miraculous metallic vein of crushing heaviness, merciless brutality and grinding speed. Short and sharp, _Blood Rapture_ is an avatar indeed of the true unearthly power death metal is renowned for -- devastating, adrenaline-laced heaviness, a massive, brutally raucous sound (arguably the most crushing vibes ever to emanate from the famed Berno studios), song structures that pulverise anything in their path and unearthly vocals fuse to create a hybrid lurking amidst the shadows cast by vintage Bolt Thrower, Carcass and Napalm Death -- hungry yet? I am humbly grateful to Vomitory for setting the clocks back the sincere, unpretentious yet devastating way _Blood Rapture_ sees them peruse; revel in the bestial frenzy that emanates from their fourth release, and acknowledge the fact that Vomitory leave most tentatively "heavy", supposedly "aggressive" and allegedly "fucked up" bands (not that I'm hinting at any of Ross Robinson's offspring, of course) looking just as potent and menacing as an aerophagic platypus. [Pedro Azevedo: "From some bands you just know what to expect, and from Vomitory it is Bolt Thrower meets old Swedish death metal. _Blood Rapture_ is no exception to that rule, and it is another thoroughly competent effort from the band. However, they do not seem to have made any progress in terms of creating the ultimate old-school death metal album with _Blood Rapture_ -- for some reason, I actually enjoyed their previous disc _Revelation Nausea_ marginally better. The vocals are still rather monotonous, but apart from that Vomitory have achieved an undeniably strong formula and seem likely to stick with it for a long time to come."]
(article published 3/7/2002)
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