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Review: Brutality - The Complete Demo Recordings 1987-1991
The Complete Demo Recordings 1987-1991

Label: Vic Records
Year released: 2021
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 28, 2021
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Complete Demo Recordings 1987-1991

Rated 4/5 (80%) (13 Votes)

As the name implies, this is a collection of demo recordings from the early years of Tampa's Brutality. It looks like the final product contains a lot more tracks than the promo as well as some extensive liner notes (it sounds like a pretty nice package), so I can only comment on what I've got.

It's to be expected from the years this was recorded, the music here is early American death metal, so kind of closer to thrash than what would come later. That being said, the songs here are pretty brutal (one would hope so, given the band's name) and this is certainly not some lightweight form of the genre. It's heavy, raw, kind of insane and at times pretty damn fast. The vocals are harsh but mostly decipherable, which was kind of the norm for the genre back in those days. I don't own any of the band's albums, so I don't know if they got cleaner on actual full-length studio recordings, but the raw, straightforward demo nature of the recordings have to give the material here an extra kick. This pretty much rocks from beginning to end. The tracks actually sound pretty damn good for demos, hell, some sound better than some studio recordings I've heard, so you're being served with some decent sound quality here—just don't expect anything polished.

I wasn't familiar with this band before getting this, but the material presented here sure got me interested. If you don't mind your death metal raw and rough, this is worth checking out.

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