Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Initial Impressions: Engaged in Mutilating: Population: Zero

Engaged in Mutilating is a side project made up of members of Putrilage and formed in San Antonio, TX, home to several other slam and brutal death metal bands. While not completely a slam death band, Engaged in Mutilating definitely incorporate slams in their breakdowns and do a damn good job of it too. Engaged in Mutilating owes more musically to groups like Cryptopsy, Pyrexia, and Suffocation, with a little bit of slam thrown in.

EiM (as I will refer to them from now on in this review) plays fast and brutal death metal with a little bit of technical riffwork and some progressive structures. The music is fast and punishing with some impressive riffwork. The whole thing comes off like a runaway steamroller.

This is the band's first album and it shows. They have a lot of pretty cool ideas, but have a hard time really making a connection. I enjoyed this album, but I feel like the band really has some room to grow.

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