My last post was about an ambient/folk musician that creates the most beautiful music I have ever heard.
This post is about some of my favourite sounding Brutal Death Metal albums, that is the musical diversity it takes to be a mastering engineer I guess.
These are (in my opinion) 10 particularly ‘good’ sounding albums in the brutal death metal genre. Some are included due to their clarity and precision, some for the utter filth of their production.
These are all worth hearing on either CD or in a high quality file format.
In no particular order.
- Dying Fetus – ‘Reign Supreme’ (2012)
When Dying Fetus entered WrightWay Studios in 2012 chief engineer Steve Wright and his staff nailed the recording, mixing and mastering of this album.
It has the perfect balance of razor sharp, mechanical clarity and a more natural sound required for a band like Dying Fetus. It is also skull crushingly heavy.
- Devourment – ‘Conceived In Sewage’ (2013)
For some reason there was a minor backlash from some fans when this album was released. The album had a slight nod towards old school death metal as well as the band’s usual brand of brutal death metal.
Anyway, Erik Rutan’s (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel and owner of Mana Recording Studio) engineering abilities always deliver and the album sounds incredible.
- Cattle Decapitation – Monolith Of Inhumanity (2012)
Cattle Decapitation had a sudden and well deserved surge in popularity around the release of ‘Monolith Of Inhumanity’.
The band has evolved from their humble goregrind roots and have created a truly unique and special sound over the years.
Their experimentation with multiple approaches to extreme metal came together particularly well with their 2009 release ‘The Harvest Floor’ however their newer direction was perfected with ‘Monolith Of Inhumanity’.
Anything recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio is going to sound great, but the production of Cattle Decapitation’s 2012 masterpiece is blisteringly heavy, clear and mechanic. Mixing and mastering an album as chaotic and schizophrenic as this must have been a nightmare but Dave Otero and co. pulled it off.
Dave pulled it off again when they recorded the follow up record ‘The Anthropocene Extinction’ a few years later, but that is another story.
- Visceral Disgorge – ‘Ingesting Putridity’ (2011)
This album sounds incredible, all the instruments are balanced nicely and the drums in particular are crystal clear.
This is a great reference point for how brutal death metal should sound in my eyes especially in terms of overall loudness.
There is very little information about how this album was recorded, the mysterious ‘Durv Viswanathan’ is credited for ‘recording’. There is little information on his/her previous back catalogue of recording work, whoever he/she is they did a fantastic job!.
- Cephalotripsy – ‘Uterovaginal Insertion of Extirpated Anomalies’ (2007)
Cephalotripsy’s (at the time of this writing) only full length album ‘Uterovaginal Insertion of Extirpated Anomalies’ has a heavy as hell and incredibly thuggish sounding production, perfect for the band’s sound.
There is little bass, the drums sound very clicky and the guttual vocals are as indecipherable as they come but the album sounds exactly how an album with such cover art should sound.
My thoughts on the (gratuitously) misogynistic lyrical content are another topic.
- Amputated – ‘Wading Through Rancid Offal’ (2009)
This was one of the first albums in the ‘brutal’ death metal genre I discovered. The entire album is a blueprint of how to make an album utterly filthy but listenable at the same time.
- Cryptopsy – ‘None So Vile’ (1996)
This is the oldest album on this list. Despite being recorded in 1996 this album sounds huge and has an incredible mix. The bass is crystal clear without getting muddled up with the kick drum and the vocals sit perfectly amongst the guitars.
Recorded at Victor Studio Montreal, producer Pierre Remillard and the band created an perfect sounding album.
- Defeated Sanity – ‘Passages Into Deformity’ (2013)
Defeated Sanity record much of their album’s material live in the studio, an incredible feat based on how insanely intricate, fast and schizophrenic their music is.
‘Passages Into Deformity’ was recorded at Sound-lodge Studios with Jörg Uken as their lead engineer. It captures the band’s sound perfectly, everything is crystal clear without sounding mechanical and lifeless. Lille Gruber’s drum sound in particular is phenomenal.
- Extermination Dismemberment – ‘Serial Urbicide’ (2013)
I am yet to discover an album that sounds as devastatingly heavy as this. The album is closer to the sound of nuclear warfare than it is to any form of music. The sub-drops are guaranteed to test any speaker’s bass response.
- Severe Torture – Misanthropic Carnage
In 2002, Severe Torture recorded their second full length album with the highly experienced engineers Berthus Westerhuys and Robbie Woning. The band and this duo created one of the finest sounding brutal death metal albums of the 00’s.