Release Date: Feb 19, 2013
Record label: Relapse Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
Dallas, TX death metallers Devourment promise absolute brutality and they've consistently delivered with each release. Fourth LP, and Relapse debut, Conceived in Sewage continues this tradition with 33 minutes of slamming, brutal death metal mixed with grind elements. Fast and punishing throughout, the record starts off with the blood-soaked, hate-filled "Legalize Homicide" and the momentum is kept up with brutal blasts and catchy riffs reminiscent of Immolation and Cannibal Corpse, along with vocalist Mike Majewski's masterful, throat-shredding gurgles.
Devourment have been lashing out their own brand of Texan death metal since 1995 and have experienced enough internal turmoil, break ups, line-up shuffles and reformations to make a boy-band blush. Alongside Internal Bleeding and Dying Fetus, Devourment have been praised with putting the “slam” into death metal—a useless term to signify that this band have the penchant for dropping slamming breakdowns like H-bombs—and have rode the “brutal” descriptor ragged since the release of their charmingly titled and sonically debilitating debut, Molesting the Decapitated. Side-stepping the band’s colourful history, Devourment—Mike Majewski (vocals), Ruben Rosas (guitars), Chris “Captain Piss” Andrews (bass) and Eric Park (drums)—are now set to release their fourth full-length and Relapse debut Conceived in Sewage on the 19th of February, 2013.
On their fourth full-length and Relapse Records debut, Dallas regurgitators Devourment do entirely what you expect them to, pumping out nine tracks of “slam,” the chuggy, breakdown-choked death-metal subgenre they’ve helped spearhead. While spirited in their performance, this brutal quartet lack the dynamism and versatility of label-mates Dying Fetus, resulting in a relatively entertaining record for death-metal fans but not much more. Though the occasional bizarre song title—“Fucked with Rats” and “Heaving Acid”—spice up this record, and production by Hate Eternal’s Erik Rutan lends a solid, lush sound, Conceived falls short, never quite as crushing as it could and should be.