It figures, I’d just finally tracked down 2002’s Yearning for the Grotesque (it’s hard to come by quality Metal imports in the Midwest, also known as Jesus’ asshole), and now I’ve got twice as much catching up to do. That’s okay, you can never have too much Avulsed. Heralded by many as Spain’s finest Death Metal band, Dave Rotten and company are back to sonically torture and mesmerize. While I’ve yet to hear an Avulsed album that rivals the power of Stabwound Orgasm, Gorespattered (careful, typists, it’s “spattered” not “splattered”) Suicide is probably the closest second. The album successfully showcases this band’s uncanny ability to pimp-walk the trapeze wire between primal brutality and soaring melodies. Grinding and pummeling along in a similar vein as classic Bolt Thrower and Grave, you never know when you’re going to get an injection of Amorphis (that’s old Amorphis, before they looked like dikes). And then you’ve got Rotten’s trademark subhuman vokills, some of the smoothest and deepest in the business. They also throw in the best cover of “Ace of Spades” I’ve ever heard for good measure. One of the most challenging Motorhead songs to tackle, and they do so without a hitch. You can’t go wrong with Avulsed.
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