Deathwitch - _Violence Blasphemy Sodomy_
(Earache / Wicked World, 2003)
by: Jackie Smit (
Note to journalists: Deathwitch don't give a fuck what we think. This is, quote unquote, the slogan emblazoned across the front cover of _Violence Blasphemy Sodomy_; a collection of expletive-laden, pedomorphic anthems featuring such choice numbers as "Blood Sucking Fuck", "Coffin Fornicator" and my personal favorite, "Fuck Off & Die". While musically this record is definitely not the worst thing I have ever heard in my life (well-performed, albeit fairly unimaginative old-school death metal), it is the poorly delivered and infantile ramblings of frontman Terror that grate. "I don't give a fuck / Fuck you fucking leaches / I hate you / I hate everything", read the opening lines to "Total Morbid", one of the record's more lyrically thoughtful and intelligent moments. But as the subject matter gradually degenerates to even more base-level dross, musically the album manages to churn out a number of engaging moments, in particular the mid-tempo onslaught of "Violence Blasphemy". Still, this style of death metal has been done and done well countless times before -- a prime recent example being Destroyer 666's excellent _Terror Abraxas_ EP -- and ultimately there is nothing to recommend Deathwitch over such infinitely more deserving acts.
(article published 11/26/2003)
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