I ROT – Kill Everything
by S J Holetz
The disc features a garage-y gutbucket production
job, which suits well the bands brand of death metal,
providing them with a sound reminescent of King of the Sidewalk era Gehennah tearing off an album of cover
tunes from The Haunted. This is some grimy, pissed-off music, and while the production definitely captures that
old school vibe, the muddy mix does rob the guitarwork of some of it's teeth-kicking power.
The album kicks off with "Travelin' Man", the first
a series of several solid if nondescript grinders. Fear not
though, I Rot tends to save the best for last, as track five grabs the listener by the throat and throws them bodily into
the album's truly great second half. 'Lines to Cross", The fantastic "Nothing Left but Murder", "Death Merchant",
"Whoregun Grinder", the title track, and "Hell Has Come" are each excellent neck-snappers, and close out the disc
in absolutely crushing fashion, as frontman BJ presides over all with his throat splitting roar.
In closing, it takes a couple of cuts to
rolling, but if the crustiest in death metal is your bag, then snap up
half rack 'o rage while you still can.