Cerebral Rot – Excretion of Mortality

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.

Bedsore – Hypnagogic Hallucinations

Old-school death metal (or OSDM) has been having a bit of a moment lately, thanks in part to the work of indie labels such as Dark Descent and 20 Buck Spin who have done much of the groundwork in promoting and popularizing the movement while emphasizing bands who lean into the more weirder and more progressive sounds the genre has to offer, with bands such as Horrendous, Tomb Mold, and last year’s critical darling Blood Incantation taking the sounds of acts like Death and Incantation into new places. As the movement proliferates, bands on the fringes are moving ever outward, soaking up black metal, sludge, doom, and prog and leaning away from the meat-and-potatoes approach where possible, particularly when it comes to the labels at the core of the renaissance.