Malignancy
Inhuman Grotesqueries

Though the semi legendary underground New York act has been around since 1993, this is only the second full length album from this long running band that now has ties to Mortician, and it couldn’t be released on a more fitting label.

Sloppy (in tone and vocals) yet complex, gurgling, pinch harmonic filled classic goregrind/death metal of the most Neanderthal sort with a fetish for nastier Carcass like medical gore and carnage is what fills this 32 minute evisceration. The initial chaotic incoherence of the material is misleading, as oozing under the primal throes and slices, is a surprisingly technical outfit with some nods to Suffocation and Immolation (as well as Incantation and Mortician), its just that its glossed with a icky, slimy viscera and fetid stench of putrescence.

As you’d expect, the 13 stabs of squealing, direct gore soaked wounds essentially bleed into each other into on long giblet filled soup. Only “Benign Reabsorbtion”, “Xenotransplantation” the later stages of closer “Pathological Imperative” and the hidden acoustic “Outro” seem to break the mold with a slightly slower pace, but other wise the music simply bites, rips and tears at you like Zombies on a still living carcass; The likes of “Indigenous Pathogen”, “Skeletal Integrity”, and “Embryological Teratomas” are the sonic equivalent to having an autopsy performed on you while you are still alive.

Willowtip needed this release the energize their rather quiet year so far, and simply deliver a classic back to the roots release rather than their more progressive, experimental stuff, and Malignancy fits the bill perfectly.

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Written by E. Thomas
August 31st, 2007

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