Rating:
8.1
Gory Blister - Earth-Sick
16 April 2012


01. The Breeding
02. EarthSick
03. Plague And Pray
04. Decanted Embryos
05. Dominant GenEthics
06. H.I.V.
07. World Damnatomy
08. Soul-Borne Maladies
09. Serpent Verse
10. Voices From The Sea


Brutal, or melodic? Usually, when it comes to death metal, you need to choose one or the other, or find some regular death metal that sits at that happy medium in between. Gory Blister have done something really nifty here; they play both brutal, technical death metal, yet augment it with melodic death metal. It's actually pretty cool.

The melodic aspects are the strong points, but the brutal, aggressive parts, while being fairly generic, are necessary in the big picture. It's like eating one of those giant-ass bags of Skittles. First, you set aside all the nasty yellow ones, and devour them in one mouthful so you can enjoy the delicious orange & red ones uninterrupted. Basically, repeat that every 5 minutes or so, in sonic form. The aggressive parts are listenable, but they mostly offer to strengthen the catchy melodic bits, and it works.

All this is great, but it still glosses over the fact that there is a lot of generic parts on the album. While the beginning of Earth-Sick is an interesting listen because of contrast, the latter half starts sounding stale once the pattern is obvious. Sitting through the flavourless minutes becomes more and more tiresome as it goes on. It all comes down to predictability, in fact. As neither side of the album is stronger than the other, it's just that Earth-Sick puts a certain emphasis on having an unpredictable atmosphere, something that is hard to maintain after 4 or 5 songs.

Gory Blister are definitely onto something really great here, despite some issues in the consistency department. If you enjoy any form of modern death metal, chances are Earth-Sick has something to offer you.


 



Written on 18.04.2012 by
Doc Godin
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Troy Killjoy - 18.04.2012 at 20:27  
I've been a fan of these guys ever since their debut... I had no idea this was being released. Will check out now.
strade - 19.04.2012 at 01:57  
Sounds awesome. I usually like brutal death metal only if it features melodic subtleties, so I'll be sure to listen to this.

Edit: Listening now, and suffice to say, I am most pleased. This is kicking some serious ass.
Milena - 19.04.2012 at 12:24  
What a band name.
Dark Forever - 09.06.2012 at 00:30  
"despite some issues in the consistency department"

You're totaly right, that's the weak spot. This could have been easily a great album if only the sound was more fluent and consistent. Still, it's a good effort.
RAVASTATOR - 12.10.2012 at 03:46  
"It's like eating one of those giant-ass bags of Skittles. First, you set aside all the nasty yellow ones, and devour them in one mouthful so you can enjoy the delicious orange & red ones uninterrupted."

This analogy defines my experience with a lot of crossover music. Cringe, bang. Cringe, bang. Cringe, bang. That's still 50% more headbang than i get from "hardcore", and that's a net gain!

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