Sunday, March 25, 2012

Disinter - Exitus Letalis (Demo) [1993]

Believe it or not, bands are allowed to sound different than the other ones of their scene. There was Autopsy who slowed down and raped many people's earholes with their doom-laden death metal when the majority of American bands were blasting away, there was Deathrow from Germany who took a more technical approach to thrash as opposed to the extreme aggression (no pun intended) of bands like Kreator and Sodom, and then there were bands like Disinter, who created some extreme death metal in the vein of bands like Malevolent Creation and early Cannibal Corpse rather than the doomier and darker filth that most Finndeath bands played. While the music here isn't as great as the aforementioned bands and there were hundreds of other bands who played in a similar style, that doesn't take away from the glimpses of greatness found on the "Exitus Letalis" demo. 

The slithering and monstrous sound that many people may expect to hear once the demo starts is nonexistent, instead it's replaced with a fast death metal tremolo riff and only followed by more brutality, though I cringe as I use that term because of the hundreds of horrible bands out that are considered "brutal death metal," no worries though, because Disinter is brutal in the way that there is no escape from the neckbreaking riffs that can be found, like on the song "Exhumation" which is a nonstop assault on the brain and neck. Ripping tremolos and midpaced riffs are pretty much the only facets of guitar playing on this demo, leaving no room for melodies or intricate riffage. In addition to the decimating riffs, the vocals on "Exitus Letalis" are incredibly reminiscent of Chris Barnes from the low-end growls to the more guttural rasps and it suits the band's style of death metal perfectly. 

For a four song demo there isn't much variety and they all follow an incredibly similar pattern, though, "Exhumation" and "Necrophagia" tend to cause some more destruction than the other two tracks. Again, this isn't the greatest demo to be found in the blood and dust, but a full-length from this band could have been a decent addition to the fantastic death metal scene of Finland. Fans of Cannibal Corpse, Malevolent Creation, Sinister and the like should have no problems in enjoying Disinter and this demo. 


Final Rating
Awesome [8.5/10]