"Before the Throne..."

(Siege of Amida/Ferret)

01. Rise Of The Leviathan
02. Keeper Of The Plaguelands
03. Human Dust
04. Sludge City
05. The Childsnatcher
06. Prosthetic Erection
07. Years Of Disgust
08. Fisted To The Point Of Regurgitation
09. Deities
10. Before The Throne Of Infection

RATING: 5.5/10

England's Siege of Amida Records seem to have a knack for discovering bands playing a vicious and modern strain of grindcore and death metal, as releases from DISKREET and WHITECHAPEL clearly demonstrate (both are distributed through Candlelight in the States). I can't praise "Before the Throne of Infection" by England's ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY as highly as releases from the two aforementioned acts though. The down-tuned grindcore and death metal style, sprinkled with a little hardcore, can be rather skull cracking at times, but the songwriting is barely better than average.

For the most part, there is more good than bad on this release, yet nothing that leaves any lasting impressions. More death metal than grindcore, "Before the Throne of Infection" features a good deal of grinding/groovy riffs and patterns that often remind of SKINLESS, sans the New York band's superior writing abilities. Vocalist "Steve" does a workable job with his guttural growls and occasional variant on the pig squeal. Setting aside the brief album intro ("Rise of the Leviathan") and classy, but out of place, instrumental "The Childsnatcher", the eight formal tracks pack an OK punch. The exceptions are the ill fitting hardcore gang shouts tossed into "Sludge City" (with lovely line "She bled from every fucking hole"), "Keeper of the Plaguelands", and "Fisted to the Point of Regurgitation". I can appreciate the willingness to experiment and try to offer the listener something beyond standard DM, but the gang vocals just don't work very well. Though those sections become more tolerable with each spin of the disc, one never really gets completely used to them. The new wave of death metal that's been based on genre mixing features at least a few bands that pull it off fairly well (e.g. DESPISED ICON), just not this quintet.

What it comes down to is that gindcore and death metal fans should find some meat on the bone in consuming "Before the Throne of Infection", although the purists will more than likely be annoyed with the gang shouts. Nothing to outright hate, but nothing to love either.


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).