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Morbid Vomit - "Doctrine Of Violence" (CD)

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"Doctrine Of Violence" track listing:

1. The Seed of Human Scum
2. Murderous Absolution
3. Morbid Gluttony
4. Beaten from Belief
5. Demented Collector of Severed Heads
6. Engulfed by the Plague
7. Necrotic Revelation
8. Doctrine of Violence
9. In Disgust
10. Another One to Die

Reviewed by on February 4, 2016

"...this Finnish outfit is easily head and shoulders above the sea of regurgitation it decided to jump into, being one of the very few bands with that particular naming convention that's actually worth hearing."

Joining the illustrious ranks of bands containing the word “vomit” in their name (remember Grandma's Vomit? Anal Vomit? Beer Vomit? Diabolical Vomit? Testicle Vomit?), this Finnish outfit is easily head and shoulders above the sea of regurgitation it decided to jump into, being one of the very few bands with that particular naming convention that's actually worth hearing.

The first official full-length release from Morbid Vomit, “Doctrine of Violence” is absolutely suffused with an extreme death metal sound, but tempered by just enough from the melodic end to be musically interesting, without giving up an ounce of brutality. Bringing to mind a Swedish sound, much of the album will fit right in for fans of Bloodbath's middle Akerfeldt years, and if you loved “Unblessing the Purity” or “The Fathomless Mastery,” you'll have a very good of idea of what to expect on these 10 relentless tracks.

Much of the barrage of death metal remains similar enough in tone across the album for some serious bleed through to occur, which is why each track changes up the formula in the intros and outros. The thrash-tinged assault kicking off “Morbid Gluttony” for instance remains distinct from the slowly building opening to follow-up track “Beaten From Belief,” which is set apart from the sudden violence that erupts on “Engulfed By The Plague.”

While Morbid Vomit may need to offer more of a unique identifying sound in the future to really stand out in the death metal field, “Doctrine of Violence” marks an extremely promising debut that's been stuck in my musical rotation for quite awhile now. Besides scratching that pummeling death metal itch on its own, the album also speaks of greater things to be vomited forth in the future.

Highs: European death metal done right - it's brutal and unrelenting but stays musically interesting.

Lows: The core sound of each track is very similar, so the album gets repetitive.

Bottom line: A band with the word "vomit" in the title managed to not only not suck, but be worth hearing? The end times just might be upon us!

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)