Written by: Blackie Skulless
Dipygus: a severe and extreme deformity where the body duplicates at the caudal end. So yeah, that’s what we’re in for. The third and final of this Memento Mori run is a quick death metal spin heavily fascinated with gore, deformation, body horror, and… apes. Following their debut in 2019 titled Deathooze, Dipygus returned this year for an even more gruesome and rotted realm of Swedish-tinted riffs in the form of Bushmeat.
Going in, it’s still loaded up with the utilization of samples to set the tone of the incomprehensible and overly guttural vocals. They’ve always rung in a bit of an Entombed vibe, but brought to greater extremes in abrasion and execution. “The Khumjung Scalp” is probably one of the single most disgusting songs I’ve ever heard. Matter of fact, this record draws out the riffing to far slower degrees than before, this song being a glaring example. “Osteodontokeratic Savagery” (have fun with that one) follows it up and injects a bass-loaded break before hitting an explosive lead guitar bridge.
Much like with Altered Dead’s latest, Bushmeat struggles to present direction. However I do think there’s a bit more focus in this record. A lot of the songs jump all over the place, having great and memorable moments lost within a reeking ball of doomy/death gunk and vocal effect. But the good moments are truly impeccable; there's been a step-up in production since the last record, and this allows some of the soloing to shine brighter than before. If that’s not enough there are some monstrous riffs in there, with incredible rhythmic build, lead overlays, and backing drum-pummels.
Regarding actual playing ability, this is a step up form before. Regarding song structure, it’s a slight step down. Dipygus are definitely onto something here. If they can render the advanced playing tactics with a tighter song-build, they could have an immaculate record come to fruition in the future.
Dipygus - Bushmeat was released Jan. 25th via Memento Mori
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