Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Eructation - Demo 1992

Eructation is not a well known metal band. This Swedish band formed in 1988 and had only one release in their short running. That one release is this 1992 demo, and it's pretty sweet for the whole twelve and a half minutes it lasts. It's also unique in that it doesn't fit into any of the Swedish molds, foregoing the melodic sounds of their Gothenburg brethren and the more intense, hardcore-influenced brutality of their Stockholm cousins.

In fact the sound on this album is more fluid and bassy than anything. Tobias Karlsson's basslines are excellent and almost progressive, giving the album a very rich and deep sound that the production compliments perfectly. "Day of Confusion" is a mid-paced riff-fest with a really cool, almost dissonant sound to the riffing. I wish they explored this sound more on the demo because although the idea is present on that track, it isn't developed extensively. The track does have a nice, catchy build up though regardless. "Foul Feast" is a bit more in line with straightforward, typical bassy death metal. There's not really much else I can say about it. "Consider to Die" is a thrashy monster of a track with some really cool double bass breaks and riffing. The melodic pseudo-solo close to the end of the song is pretty reminiscent of other Swedish classics, but obviously this demo predates most of them and the song still kicks ass.

In a scene where everyone was hopping on the bandwagon these guys stood out. Sadly they couldn't stick around to develop their sound more.

8.5 out of 10


1. Day of Confusion

2. Foul Feast

3. Consider to Die

bass death madness

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