Written by: Blackie Skulless
How nice is it to have a band whose name starts with “dis” that isn’t a Discharge d-beat ripoff? Ha, I kid! (kinda). Anyhow, Memento Mori spits out some of the meanest, brain-boiling, and ferocious slabs of death and doom/death known to man. So to start out a little run of their recent outings, I bring Disrupted. This Swedish death metal act takes charred ruins of the pioneers and reconstructs them in a horrendous and skin-scorching style for their sophomore record titled Pure Death.
And what a fitting title that is, because this thing sounds as grating and brash as the rotted guillotine on the cover looks. There is nothing remotely nice, welcoming, or friendly to be had. You can probably picture the buzzing Swedish tones, but there’s a layer of grit added to these that cast an even hotter level of harsh noise. Matching this is growling vocals boosted with powerful outbursts that avoid being overly guttural, matching the riffing yet standing out wonderfully.
What sells Pure Death so well is the fact that, musically, it’s so concise. You can pick up everything they’re putting down; nothing gets missed in the mix. Even the vocals come in nicely enough that you can get hints of what they’re saying, topping off these torture-happy bangers. “Carve” is executed (no pun intended) to sound as painful as the act itself. These riffs are slowed down to extreme degrees, backed by that ear-shattering buzz and topped with cymbal clashes and vocal outbursts. “Pestilent Vomit” starts us out in that same way before erupting, giving us a filthier version of everything else.
But not all of it relies on that. “Headless Torso” is a fast and flaming disintegrator that blasts away with break-neck speed and intense rhythm. “Born In A Corpse” blends this with some advanced songwriting, throwing in small bursts of riffs and swift changes here and there. “Chopped Into Oblivion” tosses in the rare solo which, while a bit buried, comes in at the perfect altitude. Even the closer “Slave From The Grave” changes things a bit with some grind/hardcore influence.
All of these songs miraculously maintain the same energy, flowing like a corpse-filled river from one track into another. You could probably say that Disrupted have zero intentions on being kind. This is the type of death metal that takes hateful composition to the next level, and I’m here for all of it. Any fan of this style in general needs to lend it their ears. It’s up there with Undeath and Necrot regarding 2020 superstars.
Disrupted - Pure Death was released Oct. 26, 2020 via Memento Mori
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