Often times I find myself giving up completely on certain sub genres and then I end up listening to one album that gets me hooked again. I thought I had given up on the genre of brutal death metal and it’s horde of dumbed down slam bands. That perception got destroyed with the very first spin of Carnivorous Voracity’s debut full length, ‘The Impious Doctrine’. This record is not a revelation in this tried and tested genre. Rather, it’s a statement that music can be made to sound viciously brutal without packing in slam after intolerable slam.
Following a short sample from the sentencing scene in ‘Perfume: The Story of a Murderer ‘, Carnivorous Voracity lunge straight for the jugular without a moment of hesitation. A flurry of rapid technical riffs that are accentuated by the well timed pinch harmonics lead the charge and the music rarely shows hints of slowing down. The only time that the music does slow down is when it heads into a slamming frenzy. These slam portions are used tastefully (odd choice of words for such an album, sure) and are effective as hooks, especially amidst the tornado of razor sharp riffs.
Assisting the guitars in eviscerating the listeners, are the drums that pound on tirelessly like jack-hammers on steroids. The thick bass lines have a pounding effect and are set to cause maximum carnage. The final addition to this devastating mix is the guttural vocal work that seems to originate from something inhuman. The elements are mixed well together with the technical superfluousness of the guitar work. The effect of this combination on the listener’s senses is captured well in the beautiful artwork.
It’s a tough task to point out tracks that stand out in this record, because all tracks share the same mode of attack. Nevertheless, listening to Carnivorous Voracity does not get tiring at any point. Every single track is intent on ripping apart the listener’s bowels and leaving the entrails hanging. And the way the band manages to do this with minimal use of slams is absolutely commendable. Because unlike slams, I don’t mind a record full of technical savagery.