Personnel: Jeff Walker-vox/bass, Bill Steer-guitar, Daniel Wilding-drums
The wait was well worth it for this one. Torn Arteries was supposed to be a 2020 release, but the band pushed the release date back to 2021 due to pandemic issues. Don’t let the bright and shiny veggie heart album cover fool you. The godfathers of gore have delivered another slab of sonic putrefication (said bright and shiny veggies are pictured in an appropriate state of decay on the inside of the album liner). They even pay homage once again to their fellow Liverpudlians with Eleanor Rigor Mortis. Seems appropriate with all The Beatles hoopla of late.
4.5 flip flops out of 5
The list so far:
9. Carcass-Torn Arteries 10. Omnium Gatherum-Origin 11. Be’Lakor-Coherence 12. Hooded Menace-The Tritonus Bell 13. Quicksand-Distant Populations 14. Harakiri For the Sky-Maere 15. Converge and Chelsea Wolfe-Bloodmoon: I 16. At The Gates-The Nightmare of Being 17. The Vintage Caravan-Monuments 18. Nervosa-Perpetual Chaos 19. Baest-Necro Sapiens 20. Agrypnie-Metamorphosis
Finally. Feels like we should have already had this album in our grubby little hands for a year at this point. This was was in the can last year, but was put on hold due to the pandemic. Instead, they put out the Despicable EP as a tide-me-over until the proper album could be released.
It’s been quite a wait for them to follow up the stellar comeback album, Surgical Steel. This latest release doesn’t have quite the ferocity of the prior release, but it is right there in terms of quality. Feels more like a mid-tempo thrasher on this one rather than the all-out blitzkrieg of Surgical. Subject matter is the technical surgery-flavored splatter-fest you’ve come to expect out of these dudes. Song titles again are among the best in the business (Eleanor Rigor Mortis, Flesh Ripping Sonic Torment Limited, Kelly’s Meat Emporium, Wake Up and Smell the Carcass). Bill Steer still remains one of the unsung guitar heroes in metal. He just manages to come up with creative riff after creative riff.
And how’s that for a different sort of album cover. It’s not everyday we get a sculpture for an album cover; let alone one made up of veggies. Rest assured, by the time you make it to the end of the liner notes, the veggie heart has decayed into a putrid, blackened mess.
This is just a classic thrashy death metal album. One designed to be played loud and to definitely annoy the neighbors.