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Review: Antropomorfia - Engendro

Label: Necromance Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 36:09
Tracks: 14
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: October 11, 2006
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

Having been in existence since 1989, it's most surprising to learn that this is actually Antropomorfia's first release! Judging by the cover art, which portrays an unfortunate woman giving birth to a manky monstrosity, one would perhaps expect Goregrind to be the meat of this album's sandwich, but no, this is death metal all the way.

Kicking in with a very weird and bubbly sounding intro, the first song proper has a very dry guitar tone and is stylistically very much like 'death metal era' Napalm Death, although the rest of the album gives a larger overall feeling of a larger span of the old school death metal scene, with nods to Malevolent Creation most notably pushed to the fore (albeit with slightly unemotional vocal work). The drum machine utilized here is thankfully not overly mechanical sounding, and is certainly not over technical or over the top, in keeping with the more early 90's sounding death metal vibe, even though there are a few clever uses of keyboards similar to that of Nocturnus' early releases which are introduced very unexpectedly and are most welcomed.

The only real major gripe for me here is the use of tracks completely composed of synthesizers which are regularly interspersed between the metal tracks, which detracts from the album's continuity, serving only to break the album down into several sections rather than adding atmosphere which quite frankly isn't really needed. It worked for Morbid Angel, but not for Antropomorfia unfortunately.

The riffing and songwriting is refreshingly meaty and well composed for the 'proper' tracks though, so don't let that put you off checking these guys out, and even if the production values are fairly average here, it's all well structured and fairly inventive so the raw riffage wins out in the end. Worth a look for those death-heads who miss the days when Cannibal Corpse were still fresh and exciting.

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