Sunday, March 11, 2018
Metal Mail: Gruesome
First of all, I love this album cover. Just some excellent Lovecraftian-style horror. I have been somewhat familiar with Gruesome for a little while. The band was started by Matt Harvey (not the Mets pitcher, the guitarist for Exhumed, Dekapitator, and others) and some other longtime death metal musicians, as a way to pay tribute to Death. The sound of the band is clearly based on the early works of the great death metal pioneers, particularly Scream Bloody Gore. There is a breakdown in the title track that absolutely calls to mind one in Death's "Zombie Ritual". Gruesome has only released one full-length album so far, which brings me to the only problem that I have with this release: it is just an EP. Hopefully Gruesome will release a new full-length album soon. In the meantime, this is some good stuff for anyone looking for something like the early Death albums.