Written by: Blackie Skulless
Anthropophagy: (noun) the eating of human flesh by human beings. So in other words, I’m reviewing an album that’s just a fancy word for cannibalism. It should come as no surprise that Sadistic Drive are a death metal band that explore the gore and stench to extreme levels. Hailing from Finland, they’re quite fresh off the grid, taking formation in 2018, and dropping Anthropophagy last year.
Just from that and looking at the sleeve, you’ll get exactly what you’re thinking. Chaotic blasting with slamming features and guttural growls take a heavy precedence, filling the proverbial chalice with nothing but slime and grime. An obvious love of horror fills the cracks, as bodily sounds, screams, and samples ooze over to blend some songs together. But surprisingly, the riffing is pretty concise and doesn’t sound as sloppy as it could.
Moreover, nothing takes too much of the forefront, which helps Anthropophagy significantly. The booming bass and drums combine just enough to mildly back the leads and vocals, preventing anything from getting drowned out. Considering how one-sided the writing is, it’s best they don’t lose anything. Standout tracks aren’t overly common, although I’ll say the closer “Body Part Puzzle” wins the award for most disgusting and jarring composition wise, as well as lyrically. “Worm-Eaten Abomination” also triggers the most stomping, leaving a slightly deeper impression.
Ultimately, it’s twenty-eight minutes of stuff we’ve heard before. What allows it to pop is the ability to let the steadier parts shine through the mucky foundation that ultimately carries it. At minimum, Anthropophagy is extremely consistent and does what it aims for. For the best experience, read the lyrics from the inner sleeve alongside listening.
Sadistic Drive - Anthropophagy will be released on vinyl from Blood Harvest Records on Fe. 26th, 2021, but can currently be purchased and subsequently consumed digitally on bandcamp.
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