Friday, June 12, 2009
Genre: Brutal Death Metal / Grind Core
Label: Bizarre Leprous
Country of Origin: Sweden
Band Formation: 2005
Vocals: Johan Bergstrom
Guitars: Johan Hallberg
Session Bass: Martin Eklov
Session Drummer: Martin Schonherr
02. Stench of Flesh
03. Throat Unsafe From A Pair of Scissors
04. Instant Spastic Regurgitation
05. Spliced Girls
06. Circular Holes In The Cranial Structure
07. Corporeal Manifestation
08. By My Blade (2008)
09. Degrading Malice
10. Restless Dreams of Atrocities
Run time: 24 minutes (approximately)
Review: The word that precedes Death Metal in the genre qualifies for a one-word description of this album - brutal.
Yes, when you read or listen to the band’s name it is quite obvious that metal heads step back a bit. But, as you stress on the word Splattered rather than intensifying Mermaids, metalheads get your full-attention. I promise. If you think hard, this band name is the most inappropriate one; let me enlighten your thought process.
What are mermaids? They are mythical creatures whom women idolise to be someday. On the other hand, men fancy one on their bed/wall/ceiling/floor. But, this mermaid here is dead. And, it is not just dead. It is brutally killed until dead. That is, it is dead in the most vulgar, most unfortunate and unimagined manner that it leaves nightmares. Precisely, that is how the music from this band is.
This album is overloaded with sounds that hit your head real hard and lyrics that shall tear you apart. But, I would like to add a description, perhaps, my personal feel as I listened to them. When one listens to a good death metal song one gets an instant feel of being hammered to death. Keep that thought in mind. Now, simultaneously imagine your toe or even your feet being scraped with a saw by a bunch of tipsy lunatics. Yes, that is what I felt when I listened to this brutal death metal band.
Blast beats, grind core brutal and guttural vocals, and groove-like guitar riffs collectively contribute to an ultra brutal music that shall definitely appeal to the niche audience of the genre.
However, I must point out that they haven’t done anything new here. Most brutal death metal bands manage to do so. But, these nut-jobs from Sweden have managed to do it with tad more confidence that you can feel their vengeance filled themes in their lyrics. Instead of kicking off with a comparatively less brutal intro, this band means business by jump-starting with a brutal first track.
Listening to this carnage album shall definitely be added as one of them cardinal sins. I just thought you should be warned.
Highlights of the album: Stench of Flesh, Instant Spastic Regurgitation, Restless Dreams of Atrocities
Links: Splattered Mermaids
Splattered Mermaids on MySpace
Written for Headbangers India
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