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It's irritating, disgusting and often downright laughable, but this collection of early material from the deliberately confrontational Dying Fetus is still really enjoyable for death metal fans, whether they have prior experience of the more brutal/grindcore end of the spectrum or not. Less technical and refined than the band's subsequent output, this is a chance to hear unadulterated extreme death metal without pretensions to being anything more sonically impressive, an improvement over the majority of similar bands such as Suffocation.
The old gimmicks remain, which stunt the album to a degree. Spoken samples from films feel arbitrary and extend the introductions of songs to unnecessary lengths, and the drums are fairly dull throughout. For once, I prefer the sections of the album where the band plays flat-out and aggressive, as the slower parts are less easy to take seriously, what with the burping vocals singing incomprehensible tales of gore in a sing-song fashion, especially evident in 'Eviscerated Offspring.' The guitars are entertaining, but nothing really special at this point.
1. Eviscerated Offspring
2. Your Blood is My Wine
3. ...And the Weak Shall Be Crushed
4. Visualize Permanent Damnation
5. Purged of My Wordly Being
6. Bathe in Entrails
7. Nocturnal Crucifixion
8. Wretched Flesh Consumption
9. Grotesque Impalement
10. Vomiting the Fetal Embryo