What is it with guys named Matti and superb Death Metal? It just seems that whatever project Matti Way decides to sink his teeth into —most notably Disgorge and Pathology— turns out to be guttural gold. His first official release with Russian gore fiends Abominable Putridity is no exception. In fact, The Anomalies of Artificial Origin might possibly be his magnum opus. Eight tracks of relentless, slam-infused Death/Grind that represent a perfect marriage of technical proficiency and barbaric groove. Killing on Adrenaline reborn anyone? You simply can’t put a price on the savage breakdowns found on “A Massacre in the North” or “Letting Them Fall…” The drummer, who goes only by Alexander, steals the show in such moments with a stop-on-a-dime double bass prowess that only high-powered automatic weaponry can match. He has the gravity blast figured out as well. The knuckle-dragging rhythms of “Lack of Oxygen” might even get the jaws in Devourment and Waking the Cadaver to drop. And don’t forget, all the while, Matti Way gargling a live baby. The title track is equipped with enough deedly-doo-deedly-doos to bedazzle the Techgazers… and if you call in the next 10 minutes —’cause we can’t do this all day— we’ll throw in their primitive mosh tactics at no extra charge. “The Last Communion” (which also features new Deeds of Flesh throat Cory Athos on guest gurgles) wraps things up with hooks that could get Stephen Hawking in the pit. It’s unashamedly urban and irresistibly addictive. If there’s anything wrong with the record it’s that it’s too damn short. Mike Muir isn’t the only guy who wants more. I suppose naysayers could also argue that this isn’t anything you haven’t heard before (and from Way himself, no less), but they’re just pissed off at the world because they can’t dance. Neither of these minor flaws will be denying this heavy-hitter a spot in my rotation.
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