Disentomb – Misery


Contemporary brutal death metal fills its world with feces and dismembered women in lieu of content. While that repugnant stench has kept the critical listeners away, the less-discerning still inhale the fumes, but now a band from Australia threatens to unite the audiences on a newer and more advanced form of the genre.

Attempting to deviate from the soulless average that has infested the genre, Disentomb with Misery unleash a work of complex but stripped-down death metal. Like the energetic offspring of Immolation and Disgorge, this album creates dark and dissonant brutal death metal yet still stays true to the frenetic riff-salad recipe that is inherent to the brutal death metal artistic voice. On Misery, the internal dialogue of these riffs projects the type of landscape we might find in a dystopic wasteland, tearing songwriting down to its bare, primal foundations in a method evocative of early Suffocation.

Misery exudes chaos, depravity, and most importantly, direction. While their contemporaries languish in a pool of defecation and flat-bills, Disentomb dream bigger and help steer brutal death metal toward a new direction. In particular, songwriting returns in a sense other than boxy variations on standard pop/rock song form. Songs vary from the brooding mid-paced drone of darker material to the bright and abrasive aggression of fast and chaotic tracks and use each other for contrast so the album as a whole highlights a range of emotions. The result is a complete package of death metal brutality and intensity that aims for an artistically alert audience.

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9 thoughts on “Disentomb – Misery

  1. Andrea says:

    Stellar track!

  2. trystero says:

    Aptly described. It only sometimes peeks out of riff salad unfortunately and I think they need to reign in some of the dissonance. At other times, like the mid-paced section of this song they use it very well. The blasting is also unnecessary and excessive. Other than that I enjoyed it actually.

    1. Richard Head says:

      “The blasting is also unnecessary and excessive.”

      Do you even metal, bro?

      Just playing. Agreed on most points. Sounds like what Ulcerate should have been doing. The percussive vocals are one of the most annoying things about this style but it’s not awful in this case.

  3. puzzled says:

    fantastic album cover, really haunting image

  4. Robert says:

    Bad ass cover artwork!!

    1. Richard Head says:

      Agreed with this and above comment. Would hang on my wall/10.

  5. Misfit74 says:

    Serious AOTY candidate for me. Best album since Katalepsy’s “Autopsychosis”.

    1. Aaron Lynn says:

      Its absolutely my favorite brutal death metal album of the year. Nothing comes close.

  6. lilim says:

    Yeah I have to say I’m not big into the slam-teetering brutal style but this is quite the cornbread muffin. As in I don’t like cornbread but when made well it can be pretty palatable.

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