When bands like Carcass, Impetigo and Repulsion first integrated gore imagery into their grindcore sound, they set into motion the genre that we today refer to as goregrind. Since then, the number of bands trying to imitate them has never seen a dip in its numbers. Abundant as these bands were, they direly lack something that the masters of the genre possessed; good songwriting skills. Most of these bands were gory for the sake of it and the end results often sounded like a gimmick. The bad production quality did nothing to make these bands sound any better either. This is where the French goregrind entity known as Putrid Offal comes in. Though they’ve been around since the dawn of the 90’s, their presence in the scene was characterized only by a few splits and an EP. But now, 25 years after their inception, the fans finally get to sink their teeth into a proper full length by this band, which is titled ‘Mature Necropsy’ and is out on Kaotoxin Records.
Releasing a debut full length after such a long period, raises the obvious question in the listener’s mind, ‘Is it worth the wait?’. Expectations for a debut by a newcomer is one thing and the same expectations for a debut by a band seasoned in the genre is a whole lot more. The album kicks off with ‘Purulent Cold’ and it does not give one the time to think about such trivial questions as it starts pummeling from the get go.
It’s not all barrage of riffs that have no identity either. What you get here are chunky, meaty riffs that stick with you over long periods, kind of like rotting meat in real life. This is where the band makes good use of their death metal side. Fast grindcore riffs assault the listener one second, only to be hooked by the death metal part that follows it the very next moment. The songwriting and structuring by Putrid Offal, make them one of the most entertaining bands around and they dont even use samples to retain one’s interest. I guess this is what years of experience imparts to the band.
The vocal work is done well with deep gutturals which is surprisingly not completely indistinguishable grumbles that can be barely heard. The production is raw and it has that meaty sound. It also ensures audibility along with the sheer rawness. In songs like ‘Garroting Way’ and ‘Rotted Flesh’, one can hear atmospheric gothic chants in the background which is quite an interesting touch.
The music here is not completely innovative, but who’s complaining when you got 30 minutes of goregrind that hooks you instantaneously? Besides, its not like Putrid Offal is a band that formed a year ago and decided to copy the legends. No, these guys were a part of it when goregrind actually took its form in the late 80’s and early 90’s. ‘Mature Necropsy’ not only reminds one of their love for all things gory, but it also brings out the best of the genre.