Truth be told, Cerebral Rot have found themselves in a bit of a sophomore slump with Excretion of Mortality. Even at faster paces, the songs feel robbed of urgency, and the whole affair just feels labored. Those aching for a slab of pungent death metal will surely have a good time regardless, and the music is every bit as disgusting as one would hope based on the grotesque cover art.
Columbus, Ohio's Sanguisugabogg are among one of the most hyped up-and-coming death metal bands of the moment. Their demo Pornographic Seizures, released in 2019, was acclaimed in underground death metal circles and moved units quickly, landing them on the Century Media roster for their debut album Tortured Whole. It would seem that The 'Bogg has found themselves an early formula for success as a rising act to watch in death metal.
Rip the bandage off now if you haven't already and are in denial after the first two singles; to call Dream Weapon a metal record would be a stretch by any metric, and there's nary a glimpse of grind in sight. Remember to breathe, it's okay. Once Dream Weapon gets going and you forget that you're supposed to be listening to a Genghis Tron record, it's quite a wonderfully bright journey that serves as a calm and content reflection on extinction.
Australia's metal scene has no shortage of titanic acts contained within its shores, and their collective death metal lineage speaks for itself. Those familiar with the scene may recognize names such as Snorlax and Resin Tomb, or perhaps others such as Shackles, Descent, Siberian Hell Sounds and Idle Ruin if you're more intimately familiar.