blow signed by the German cult label specialized in extreme metal, following
the repress of Tears of Decay's debut MCD "Redemption".
I gotta admit when I looked at the cover, similar to Napalm Death's
"Scum", I thought I'd've dealt with a band devoted
to the UK death/grinders, while when listening to their music I soon
understood their main references are Deeds of Flesh along with Dying
Fetus and some Severe Torture-like vocals. How fucken wonderful!
Only lyrically there's something in common with N.D., for example in
the social "Soul Suicide", "Der Übermensch"
and the title track, but let me stress out "Homo Homini Deus
Est Pt. 2"" and "Blind Reality" intelligent
texts, as well.
After a 'spatial' intro the first things that one notices in the opening
"Blind Reality" are Dirk's drums precision and fastness,
whereas "Tears of Decay" signalizes itself through
a sort of jazzy intermezzo, consisting in a slapped bass-line just in
the middle of a whole guttural brutal death/grind song, and, word, they've
guessed the right moment and way! More controlled parts we have in "Bellum
Omnium contra Omnes", without ever showing strain decreases,
also with the help of an excellent production at Frank Conrads's Audio
Check Studio, mixing by Harmony Dies's Kai Mertens, and hardkicking
without-pauses-between-one-song-and-another mastering by the busier
and busier emerging Peter Neuber at Mega Wimp Studio in Berlin (Severe
Torture, Lividity, Damnable, Thornspawn and tens more).
Dying Fetus's halo haunts "Soul Suicide" and the title-track
again, thou their influence is never too plain. And then we get to my
fave extra-brutal composition, "Kill, Fuck, Die" (might
it've been different with such a title?), followed by a spatial outro
hiding the funny and violent episode - just a bit longer than a minute
As the CD lasts 33 minutes only, the generous and smart guys from the
bludgeoning Teutonic label thought well to offer us a couple of CD-Rom
live songs more in the very first copies, of which the first is the
Although I'd recommend Tears of Decay to exploit the potentialities
granted by having 2 guitar players in the line-up, no-one can deny "Saprophyt"
definitely enthrones the 5-piece from Emden as one of the very first
bands of the new breed of German brutal death metal.
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 21/08/02