Insatanity - _Divine Decomposition_
(Unisound Records, 1996)
by: Steve Hoeltzel (7 out of 10)
This up-and-coming Philadelphia band pounds out fairly standard death metal in the sick and guttural style of bands like Internal Bleeding and Suffocation. At their best, they do it in a massively weighty way, melding together some very evil-sounding riffs, raspy shrieks, super-deep growling, and tempos all over the map. The band sounds especially heavy plowing through some crushing grooves at mid and slower speeds - and they're not shy about playing fast, either (though I think they sound a bit less distinctive when they're just blasting away). "Transfiguration", "The Blood is the Life", and the title track all showcase a finely honed death metal outfit executing some compelling material with conviction and skill. The production on this CD is a bit rough, though, but it doesn't really take much away from the music. Does this release measure up to the creative intensity and technical bombast of a band like Kataklysm or Cannibal Corpse? No. But it's solid, real heavy stuff nonetheless.

(article published 10/11/1996)


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