Calliphora Vomitoria Introitus

Holy shit. Two major league things going on here. First, a great release on Crash Music. Second, a filthy, piss ridden exercise in death/thrash from Finland of all places.

One part gritty Entombed, one part At The Gates and one part grimy leather and spikes retro black thrash a la Bestial Mockery, Pyuria deliver a blood in your urine causing assault of basic but entertaining proportions.
Forsaking the usual Finnish polish and gleam, Pyuria sounds like a classic unmastered Sunlight album with a hefty buzz and overly distorted guitar. Initially, the album sounds like a chaotic, randomly squealing and chugging ‘braking train’ affair due to the production and the superficially messy riffs, but further listening reveals a tight and intentionally raucous, nasty sound that’s contains some superb riffing from a plethora of namable influences that are not from Finland (Carcass, Deicide, Dismember, Deranged, Witchery, Vorkriest).

Pyuria’s “salt in the wound” atonal sound disguises many surprisingly melodic flourishes (“In Rotten Remains Forgotten Names Lie”, “Murder Metaframe”), but also bolsters some already acidic, blunt force trauma moments (“Douleur Mortelle”, “Field Court Marshall”), but in truth, this album really needs to be heard to truly appreciate for all its brutal subtleties. The groove that starts the savagely rocking “Ghoulish” is just hard to put into words, but the thin sliver of blood trickling out of your ear demonstrates its biting effect. Growler Oskari Mäki has a pretty average but multi toned growl/scream that isn’t quite as forceful as the music, but it does the job and truthfully, the music is often so eviscerating, the vocals are almost non effectual. There is so much going on musically, that to the casual listener, the material often sounds lost and patched together, but in truth, is a well crafted musical stew of all things extreme. Just check out start and end of closer “Flaunting Moldering Metrics”, with its eloquent solo overlaying the vicious riffing; such a mirror opposite of sounds that they have no right together, but Pyuria pull it off. The mix of styles Pyuria injects into their ballistic sound is hard to explain, but it’s safe to say all fans of everything extreme will find something to like here. The only confusing thing about this release is the insistence of the use “Metalcore” on the press release/PR material. Why? If your typical Hot Topic metalcore fan got their dainty hands on this, they would need diapers and a binky within seconds.

Calliphora Vomitoria Introitus is a filthy, wound infecting, scab picking effort of high intensity and sonic ferocity that’s often subtly textured with some underhanded moments of harmony that I highly recommend to anyone seeking a no-name but vicious album.

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Written by Erik T
February 3rd, 2005


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