Avulsed - Nullo (The Pleasure Of Self-Mutilation)
1 June 2009

01. Breaking Hymens
02. Killing After Death
03. Maggotfilled
04. Voracious Backpacker
05. Nullo (The Pleasure Of Self-mutilation)
06. Nazino (Cannibal Hell)
07. Fair Flesh Obsession
08. Penectomia
09. Chestblood
10. She's Hot Tonight (In My Oven)

Being that Avulsed is my favorite death metal band, it could be a preconceived notion that I will have good things to say here. If you thought this, I'm obliged to say that you're correct. The "Mucho Murderers" are in fine form here, hacking and slashing through eleven (seventeen, if you've acquired the version that I have, which includes bonus tracks, three of them being awesome covers) fun-filled songs that give the listener every bit of what an established Avulsed fan would want. There's old-school death metal in abundance, with a serious-as-hell musical delivery, mature melodies, not-so-mature black humor, and both scary and aggressive songwriting.

At times it feels like that kind of Finnish death metal that borders on "melodeath". Though Avulsed are Spanish, some riffs seem either European or Scandinavian in nature - offsetting them with their lovely tastelessness and nasty goregrind vibe. I think that the odd contrast between class and licentious depravity that the band wears so proudly could be their charm. In fact; I know it is. Plus - the fact that they truly are just good ole death metal with meticulously placed tricks up their sleeve, bearing aspects that would fit into some of the newer trends, makes them so special.

Dave can out growl/gurgle a good lot of "slam" vocalists, the instruments could go into wankery, and the songs could be more scattered and odd...but a lot of times they just don't seem to feel the need. That sort of class is evidenced and well-represented here on Nullo. Under it all, this stellar death metal band can write great songs that will stay with you. And for fans like me, that is the key to a sick metal love-affair.

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 8
Production: 9

Band profile: Avulsed
Album: Nullo (The Pleasure Of Self-Mutilation)


written by Tristus Scriptor | 13.05.2013

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Big-Al - 15.08.2013 at 12:12  
Really addictive album.
Tristus Scriptor - 16.08.2013 at 00:32  
Yessir, it is! As an "oldschooler", I have the usual faves (Incantation's Onward To Golgotha, Benediction's Transcend The Rubicon, Morbid Angel's Covenant, and so on, for example) - yet Avulsed quickly became my favorite death metal band upon discovery 5 years ago, due to the fact that not only did it stand up to the classics, but garnered as much attention in my fanatical listening habits as any of them. Thinking about how a fairly new discovery could achieve that feat for me...well, that gave me the impression that this band is very special!

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