Putrid Pile - Blood Fetish review
|Release date:||June 2012|
01. Blood Fetish
04. Face-Pounding Madness
05. Tortured Soul
06. Operation Splatterhouse
07. Strangulation Is The Only Answer
08. Bowel Batter
09. Deepfried Evil
10. Petty Leftovers
11. Perpetual Bloodlust
I'll just get straight to the point here: Shaun LaCanne is exactly what the world of brutal death metal needs.
While I wouldn't go around calling the guy a savior or anything, it's still nice to see musicians of his caliber sticking to what they do best. And what LaCanne does is write some groovy, catchy, brutal death metal. Not only does he write it all, but he plays it all too. So there's a bit of a middle finger to those who think black metal is the only extreme genre with one-man bands.
Anyway, moving on to the album. Putrid Pile's sound hasn't changed much... if anything, it's actually become slightly more streamlined yet less accessible. It's hard to say if this was done intentionally or not, but it makes for a bit more of a challenging listen the first few times, especially if you're expecting something as grabbing as House of Dementia, which is absolutely filled with killer grooves and catchy hooks. Instead, the brutality factor is kicked up a few notches this time around, with a focus on primarily mid-paced chugging riffs and crushing breakdowns. This isn't the most intense or extreme brutal death metal album ever written, but it does require a bit more effort to appreciate than some of the more groove-oriented releases.
LaCanne's vocals are as deep as ever, with speaker-rupturing gutturals and ear-splitting high-pitched growls. This alleviates some of the focus on the musicianship, so you aren't overwhelmed with the somewhat monotonous riffs and breakdown-heavy songs. He still manages to mix his vocal styles perfectly with the music, using them more as another instrument than anything. His delivery is a bit less rhythmic than on his previous releases, however, which also takes away a bit from the accessibility.
Keeping with the instrumentation, LaCanne's traditional programmed drums do the rest of the album justice and don't take away from the organic feel in the slightest. In fact, Blood Fetish is probably given a boost in that department with the drums feeling very much alive, supporting the more simplistic foundation with complex beats.
Long story short: while not the easiest Putrid Pile release to digest, this is still a very strong release. Fans of the band might have a hard time dealing with the change in simplicity, but at the end of the day it's a relatively easy obstacle to get over. Especially if you've been waiting for this guy to release something less groove-based and more "directly" brutal.
||Written on 06.06.2012 by Just another opinionated guy telling you what to listen to.|
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