Vomitor - Devils Poison
Hells Headbangers
Death/Black/Thrash Metal
8 songs (30:44)
Release year: 2010
Hells Headbangers
Reviewed by Vrechek

Delighted insanity reigns from the moment Crimson Tide squeals out its opening mess of notes to the screeching mass of noise and sudden Rain in Blood-like stop of Neutron Hammer. This slab of good ol' satanic malevolence is called Devils Poison, the band is the awesomely named Vomitor. This album is basically 8 short and bitter bursts of old school proto-Extreme Metal circa late 80s, a rough and undeveloped mish mash of Black, Death, and Thrash Metal with some Traditional sensibilities tossed in here and there. A serrated guitar tone that saws between sloppily performed riffs with frightening inconsistency, a low end that's nigh indistinguishable due to its fuzzy muddiness save for the thundering drums, and raspy, echoey barks with the occasional Halford-esque scream complete what is an astonishingly ugly picture of pure underground Metal. Granted, the production has a fair amount of clarity when compared to its forefathers, but Vomitor keeps its heart true to the days of old (the fact that their first demo was recorded in an hour should be testament to that).

The tracks on here are loosely based around a verse-chorus structure, with a good number of schizophrenic Kerry King-inspired solos throughout. The opener Crimson Tide crams in some damn good and catchy riffs into its running time, and the short bursts of Thrashy guitar torture that soar over everything else in the mix are a welcome surprise (though they end up being used throughout the album). Flesh for Satan starts minimally but grows into a blistering fast thrasher. Saga of the Rage and Midnight Madness are a little more laid back (though the latter is faster paced), showcasing classic-sounding Metal riffs. Hell, each and every song on here has some special touch that makes it dig into your subconscious.

If I had any complaints about Devils Poison it'd probably be the old standby that while it's a good album and all, it won't last as long as the classics of its genre. There isn't much of a sense of timelessness about this; it's a little too immediate in its honoring the past. However, that's not to say this is incompetent in any way. Go ahead, take a break from listening to INRI and give something from the modern times a spin.

Killing Songs :
Flesh for Satan, Devils Poison, Caligula, Neutron Hammer
Vrechek quoted 85 / 100
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