Valley of Punishment

While most see Canada as the epoch of complex, technical metal, Quebec’s Sordid make no qualms about being a more simplistic yet well done homage to the likes of Dying Fetus, Internal Bleeding, Misery Index , Dying Fetus, Despondency, Dehumanized, oh and did I mention Dying Fetus?

The NYDM sound is rife within Sordid’s groove filled, pig grunt laced and generally well played and solidly written debut. The 9 tracks (not counting an Intro and Outro), are hardly original, but they seem to know their style and stick to it with little deviation of needless fluff; this is pure growl and grumble, lyrically challenged, squealing East Coast Death metal, and proud of it.

A few of the track deliver some highlights such as the nice jazzy groove that ends “Mother of the Unborn” and thick but familiar lope of “Raging Essence” and “Digesting the Rotten”. Guest vocal performances from Despised Icon’s Alex Erian and Quo Vadis’ Stéphane Paré (who also owns and runs Disconcert Music, hence some of the quality the young lable is kicking out) are barely noticeable and when the band injects their familiar speed into tracks as heard on “Tasting the Afterlife’ and “Pathological Surgery” it’s no where on par with their peers-just a solid and enjoyable slab of slammy, simple East Coast Death Metal.

You’ll here better, elite death metal albums this year from the likes of Behemoth, Ssarpanitum, Immolation and Man Must Die, but Sordid and fledgling Disconcert Music have at least made a good impression.

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Written by Erik T
May 24th, 2007


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