Anoxia
Intense Killings

Hailing from Rhode Island (not to be confused with the UK Death metal act or the Danish heavy metal band), Anoxia deliver a pretty run of the mill but competent take on tight US brutal death metal.There’s nothing to get too excited about here unless your liable to really enjoy some slightly second tier Unique Leader/Unmatched Brutality styled carnage. It’s all very sample laden (the Ghostbusters sample that starts ‘Within the Subconscious’ being particularly humorous), growly, blasty and rather singular, but for a quick blast of faceless American savagery, does the job, which seems to be the goal of Anoxia and the label, though they have yet to score another Dehumanized type release for a few years.

I can’t recall actual moments of Intense Killings, upon its completion, but I do appreciate it’s no holds barred barrage (‘Victimizing Demise’, ‘Mausoleum Desecrator’, ‘Sex Crime Atrocity’) and occasional, girthy slowdowns (i.e ‘Vampire Whore’, ‘Bludgeoned by Revenge’, ‘Fecal Murder’), that is delivered with conviction and acceptable tightness, but little long term impression or sense of something more than cookie cutter US death metal.

Certainly not a bad death metal record, but hardly a great one either, and with so much truly mind blowing death metal around (i.e Benighted, Anata, Decapitated, Skinless), it’s hard to recommend this release to those other than the Rhode Island Death Metal Club

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Written by Erik T
June 21st, 2006

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