Thursday, 5 April 2012

THE ROTTED - Ad Nauseam (2011)

01  Anarchogram Sun
02  Rex Oblivione
03  Surrounded by Skulls
04  Non Serviam
05  Just Add Nauseam
06  Entering The Arena Of The Unwell
07  The House of Bedlam
08  Apathy In The UK
09  Motorbastards
10  The Hammer Of Witches
11  Put Me Out Of Your Misery

Ad Nauseam is the second studio album by the British death metal band The Rotted. It was released on October 31, 2011 on Candlelight Records. The band was formed from the ashes of death metal/ grindcore ensemble Gorerotted by ex-members Ben McCrow, Tim Carley, and Phil Wilson, along with Gian Pyres (ex-Cradle Of Filth, Christian Death) and Nate Gould, due to a musical progression and a desire for less limiting lyrical themes. The band is currently signed to Candlelight Records and this album, the follow up to 2008's 'Get Dead Or Die Trying', was produced by Napalm Death knob-twiddler Russ Russell.

As brutal as “Ad Nauseam” is, it’s also accessible for metal fans who perhaps aren’t too keen on ‘extreme’ metal. ‘Surrounded By Skulls’ is one of the tracks that sounds more like a hit-single as it has a clear verse-chorus structure and the anthemic gutteral growls from Ben McCrow are catchy as hell. The slack bass, the thrashing and pummelling drums working in perfect unison, and there are some of the best snarls and growls you’re likely to hear anywhere in Britain present on this disc. The consuming riffs and drilling attack from guitarist Tim Carley and bassist Reverend Trudgill throughout never lets the listener off the hook, driving hard and fast in varying ways it is impossible not to be wriggling on the end of their musical lure. Add to this the striking and intrusive rhythms from Nate Gould, the release stood out to me above most other similar veined releases at the time. 11 tracks of death n' punk make up this new album, and man if there isn't a charm to be found in newer bands dusting off what made the likes of Entombed so awesome to begin with.

To be honest, it's not quite the most original piece of death metal ever forged, but it's still a fun, consistent listen. If you have even a passing interest in death metal, grindcore, hardcore punk and thrash done the old way (i.e. before the wife beater vest brigade got involved), then this might be filed under “essential.” Stand-outs include: "Anarchogram Sun",  "Surrounded By Skulls" and "The Hammer of Witches".

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