|Review: Death Toll Rising - Defecation Suffocation|
Year released: 2010
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: September 17, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
This is a particularly cool collection of tracks from Canadian death metal band, Death Toll Rising, featuring both their latest full-length Defecation Suffocation as well as their Spontaneous Decapitation EP included as bonus tracks. Making like the greedy kid at a buffet, Death Toll Rising pick from each of the different death metal tables resulting in a sound in which that fans of the genre will surely find something to enjoy. Splicing together the surgical precision of some of the more technical and brutal acts of late, with the crushing heaviness of slower Morbid Angel in tracks such as "Where the Slime Live" or "God of Emptiness", not to mention a putrid injection of Necroticism-era Carcass.
Obviously the first 6 tracks that make up Defecation Suffocation sound a lot better than the tracks included from the EP. With cuts such as the Carcass leanings of the title track with its awesome bass part in the middle, and the hilariously titled yet nonetheless furious "Babyslitter" Death Toll Rising prove they can slither between conventions effortlessly. The twisting "Transcendence Ritual" shows that these guys aren't all about delivering homage to the greats, showing promise in this young band that could be realized throughout their career. The tracks from the EP, while not sounding half as good as the main event show that this band have always been able to play, "Spontaneous Decapitation" shows just how technically proficient and tight the band are, not to mention some nice ideas. Overall the EP tracks could have stood up well with the others, it would have been nice to see them receive the same production and included as part of the full-length.
All in all, while not the most original of death metal (to be fair there aren't many post '94) Defecation Suffocation is a quality release that fans of the genre will surely find enjoyment out of, although some of their tongue-in-cheek lyrical content could scare a few of the more serious fans away.
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