Broken Hope - _Repulsive Conception_
(Metal Blade, 1995)
by: Gino Filicetti (
From the lead riff of the first track, to the closing blast beat, Broken Hope's newest opus proved to be an exercise in genericism extremus. While sounding very Cannibal Corpsesque, I was pleased to note that the band did not use and abuse the art of blast beats on this album. The vocals here sound brutal; want more? Well, there isn't much more to say about them. The lack of vocal variety on this record is definitely an extreme minus. Probably the one and only thing that I utterly enjoyed on this record were the lyrics. I must admit they are what kept me from falling asleep as per usual when reviewing mediocre material. There are sexually explicit stories such as, "Engorged With Impiety", "Erotic Zoophilism", and "Penis Envy", which I think tells one of the coolest and most bizarre stories I've ever read in an album liner. Then you have your typical blood and gore type anthems such as, "Chewed To Stubs", "Pitbull Grin", and "Freezerburnt". One of the best songs here is the Death Metal Pride Track of the Year, "For Only The Sick", a song that unites all the 'truest' death metal fans, and lets the world know that we are here, we are sick, and we ain't goin' nowhere! A good change of direction comes with the three acoustic instrumental tracks, "Swallowed Whole", "Essence of Human Pain", and "Imprimus Obscurity". And finally, the album is rounded off with a brutalized rendition of Twisted Sister's classic "Captain Howdy". A great cover, however it still leaves me craving Dee Snider's nasty but decipherable vocals. Beware of this album, take some advice and listen to it before you plop down your cash.
(article published 17/1/1996)
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