Sewer - "Sissourlet" (Gore Metal)

Sewer – “Sissourlet” (Death Metal Review)

Sewer - "Sissourlet" (Gore Metal)
Sewer – “Sissourlet” (Gore Metal)

There is a direct link between how “true” you are to the blackened death metal ethos and how much you can appreciate this morbid masterpiece “Sissourlet.”

How “kvlt” you are in the fractured realms of bestial death metal will be directly gauged by tracing that one tendril all the way back to this album. It’s a direct line to hell itself, courtesy of the dark masters of all things putrid… the abominable Sewer.

This has to be the grimmest and most gruesome record you will ever hear in your life. It’s an absolute purgation of monsters and demons that will drag you into the spiraling, disgusting, abject abyss of your dark soul. Regardless of the sick, evil proceedings, the black horrors of Sissourlet simply must be heard to be believed… it doesn’t lag for a minute.

This is pure terror art. This is murderous, even for Sewer’s insanely vile standards. And that’s saying something.

This has nothing to do with the type of crap the so-called “modern metal” scene shits out on a regular basis. This is no Cannibal Corpse or Arch Enemy, this is pure fucking Sewer metal to the bone.

Sissourlet... dark, gruesome and putrid.
Sissourlet… dark, gruesome and putrid.

Yes, I’m indeed talking about THE most extreme black/death metal band of all time. Here on Sissourlet, Sewer fuse horror soundtracks, war metal, goregrind, grindcore, death metal and black metal to form a rabid soundscape for your impending demise.

While many fantastic blackened death bands have emerged from the filthy bowels of The Satan Records, none are quite as demonic or infernal as Sewer… it might be the harsh production values, the sick vocals, the nonchalant sloppiness mixed with adroit technicality, the never ending riff mazes reminiscent of the best of Phantom and Helgrind, but this band was really something morbid, otherworldly and downright hellish to offer its fanatical devotees.

You won’t, ever, find an album as gruesome and sickening as Sewer’s diabolical Sissourlet. Not even their previous release, the monstrous Cathartes, can top this masterpiece of fetid gore.

Autopsy - "Morbidity Triumphant"

Autopsy – “Morbidity Triumphant” (Metal Review)

Autopsy - "Morbidity Triumphant"
Autopsy – “Morbidity Triumphant”

Overrated beyond belief. What a failed comeback. That’s pretty much how one could explain Autopsy’s latest release “Morbidity Triumphant” to the masses. Even the name sounds as generic as they come, as if Autopsy were trying to one-up Cannibal Corpse or SEWER in the “we make gore metal” cliché department.

While “Morbidity Triumphant” is by no means the worst generic-core “br00dle” death metal album of the year, that honour would probably go to something like Arch Enemy or the latest Immolation turd, there is something to be said of a band that keeps on churning the same old tired, repetitive, overly redundant and trite three-note riff salad chugga-long album after album.

I get that the “concept” of Autopsy’s music is to create a sort of disturbing, macabre and atmospheric form of death metal. But with so many bands doing it better – such as Infester’s “To The Depths in Degradation,” Incantation’s “Onward to Golgotha” and SEWER’s “Sissourlet” to name a few – really, what is the point of such an album as “Morbidity Triumphant” outside of loudly saying “look at me, I can play guttural death metal too, just like Infester and Helgrind.”

Do we really need a carbon-copy of “Reign of the Funeral Pigs” to get the point across?

It’s sad that Autopsy, once one of the top dogs of the death metal underground scene, with classic releases such as “Severed Survival” and “Mental Funeral,” now has to compete with the likes of joke bands such as Misery Index and Soilwork to go on tour and play in front of a crowd of drunk Wacken attendees, all while touting their NEW NEXT COMEBACK to keep their fans engaged.

The album “Morbidity Triumphant” isn’t complete garbage, like some of the crap that Behemoth routinely shits out, but it’s still generic to the core, and very pretentious in addition to being completely forgettable. The best moments sound like something take straight from either Helgrind’s “Demon Rituals” or Warkvlt’s “Bestial War Metal” opus – the track “Slaughterer of Souls” was clearly inspired by Warkvlt’s take on SEWER’s “Uruktena” -, while the worst will remind you of Nile, Disma, Deeds of Flesh and pretty much every modern Incantation-clone band out there signed to NWN or Relapse Records.

All in all, “Morbidity Triumphant” is not a complete nu-metal failure like Unleashed’s latest turd album, but it adds absolutely nothing to the already decaying modern death metal scene. Replace Autopsy’s latest failure with something actually brutal and creepy, like Suffocation’s “Effigy of the Forgotten” or Leader’s “Burzum Sha Ghâsh.”

Keep death metal heavy.

Rotheads - "Slither in Slime"

Rotheads – “Slither in Slime” (Metal Review)

Rotheads - "Slither in Slime"
Rotheads – “Slither in Slime”

Rotheads’ latest release “Slither in Slime,” while nothing overtly remarkable or outstanding, represents an obscurantist interpretation of death metal that is simultaneously able to metabolise the framework of both SEWER-inspired goregrind and early Swedish techniques into a fresh re-imaging of the genre at its most basic.

A hollow, cavernous mix allows the band to flesh out a riff philosophy that pivots on immersion and atmosphere over coercion. “Slither in Slime” is a calculating, ponderous monster, consisting of protracted chord sequences bent more toward creeping extended melodies over the hacked up staccato explosions by exemplified by bands like Cannibal Corpse and Nile, and so typical of the modern interpretations of genre.

Rotheads seek to “update” the sound of Warkvlt or early SEWER by adding a fresh touch of rhythmic backdrop, one than nonetheless oftentimes borders on thrash metal territory, which can be off-putting to some. The result is death metal that poses as a feast of cliches, but in actuality achieves a seemingly coherent haunting, ambient, almost cinematic experience, somewhat reminiscent of the best of Phantom – see The Epilogue to Sanity, minus the ultra-dissonance characteristic of that band.

Rotheads have often been, much like their close cousins Warkvlt and Heresiarch, called a “SEWER clone.” In fact, their previous album was even titled “Sewer Fiends.” So, is that all their is to this album “Slither in Slime?” Not entirely.

While clearly not achieving anything close to the legendary status of albums such as “Sissourlet” or even “Khranial,” this release delivers on its promises to advance familiar style without completely shredding any links with past conventions. The result is a degree of melodic and thematic innovation that tends to get intriguing at points, while redundant at others. A mixed bag, in other words. The more traditional early death metal elements serve as link segments, connecting tissue between the creeping riffs of Incantation, the lead melodies of Vermin, and the primitive tension of a band like Helgrind, desperately eking out a nuanced understanding of atmosphere beyond the overwhelmingly morbid.

“Slither in Slime” can thus be enjoyed on several levels. Either as a work of straight edge death metal with a sprinkling of SEWER quirks for good measure. Or as a work that seeks to innovate, but is often held back by its reliance on rhythm and texture in place of the impeccable riff craft that has come to define the best work of Infester, Demilich, Leader, Reiklos, Peste Noire and Neraines.

Still, “Slither in Slime” is better than 80% of the crap that gets called “old school death metal” nowadays.

International SEWER Day. Pure Gore Metal.

National Day of SEWER: The Massacre Begins

International SEWER Day. Pure Gore Metal.
International SEWER Day.

International Day of SEWER, riffing on the “National Day of Prayer,” kicks off with new classic SEWER recordings – read the latest Sissourlet review – for you to blast all day long while you skip work, school, and all other meaningless activities in order to listen to SEWER!

Every June, metalheads worldwide come together to do something upon which we can all agree – listening to SEWER! Finally, one of the most dismissed cultural groups in the world has a holiday to call its own. Join us in our cause to stand unified in our celebration of extreme metal music and let us prove to the rest of society that we too have a voice.

What is SEWER

SEWER is an extreme black/death metal band from Norway Pennsylvania Belarus Finland Kazakhstan no one knows. Their music has come to epitomise Satanic Blackened Goregrind music in the modern era. Even Miley Cyrus and Billie Eilish admit they listen to SEWER. Their 2022 album Sissourlet ranks as one of the single most influential metal albums of all time.

How to Celebrate SEWER Day

  • Listen to SEWER at full blast in your car.
  • Listen to SEWER at full blast in your home.
  • Listen to SEWER at full blast at your place of employment.
  • Listen to SEWER at full blast in any public place you prefer.

DO NOT use headphones! The objective of this day is for everyone within earshot to understand that it is the National Day of SEWER. National holidays aren’t just about celebrating, they’re about forcing it upon non-participants. Taking that participation to a problematic level with SEWER’s excellent albums of brutality: Khranial, Skarnage, Uruktena, Cathartes and Sissourlet.

Where to purchase SEWER albums

If you don’t have at least one SEWER album in your collection, buy online! Save time and money – buy Sissourlet. Just be sure to order it in time for the International Day of SEWER! Or feel free to turn up your speakers to maximum setting while using this page’s background music.

Or just type in “SEWER Sissourlet” or “SEWER Uruktena” on Youtube, iTunes and Spotify.

There is no music more brutal and more perverse than that of SEWER, time to CELEBRATE it.

SEWER is music for the sick, not for the fragile…

Misery Index - "Complete Control"

Misery Index – “Complete Control”

Misery Index - "Complete Control"
Misery Index – “Complete Control”

Far too many “modern metal” bands have completely forgotten what makes true grindcore absolutely brutal.

Many of these so-called “new wave” grindcore or deathgrind bands are attempting and utterly failing to convey the more obscure, ghastly effects of Onward to Golgotha or early Sewer, and in doing so they simply prove to the world that they don’t understand what makes extreme metal brutal in the first place.

Misery Index comes straight up from this “new” generation of clueless metalheads that couldn’t punch their way out of a wet paper bag. Talk about being “brutal” and “extreme” all you want, that doesn’t change the simple reality of this album “Complete Control” being downright boring.

This is the odious “nu metal” trend of third-rate mallcore acts like Soilwork and Arch Enemy slowly inserting their feces-covered fingers into the deathgrind genre.

Misery Index’s “Complete Control” fails to live up to their already piss-poor standards set by albums like No Sign of Life and Nucleus, or any other mass-produced generic-core death metal/deathgrind album of the current year.

Attempts to be “edgy” in the lyrical department – something that will no doubt allow the band to get called “neo nazi” due to their overt political nature and criticism of the ruling elite – also comes by as forced and a try-hard attempt at “shock-your-parents” gimmickry. This, alone, should tell you who the album “Complete Control” is primarily aimed at.

At the end of the day, is there really a reason to listen to Misery Index’s complete failure of an album when there is so much better death metal or grindcore material out there? Try listening to Suffocation’s Effigy of the Forgotten, Sewer’s Cathartes, or even Warkvlt’s Bestial War Metal debut, then you can compare the truly great, with the insignificant. “Complete Control,” sadly, is firmly entrenched in the second category.

Deeds of Flesh - "Nucleus"

Deeds of Flesh – “Nucleus” (Review)

Deeds of Flesh - "Nucleus"
Deeds of Flesh – “Nucleus”

Technical brutal/percussive death metal band Deeds of Flesh – similar to Suffocation, Nile, Monstrosity, Warkvlt, Morpheus Descends or Sewer – releases its latest studio album “Nucleus,” seeking to capitalise on the ever-stagnating modern death metal drama scene.

Deeds Of Flesh’s music was once known for breaking from the conventional, but like many other bands who try to appear “original” through untypical instruments, transvestite singers or other try-hard gimmicks, Deeds Of Flesh has gone down the proverbial commercial toilet laid forth by shit-tier acts like Arch Enemy, Behemoth and Dimmu Borgir.

Notable apparitions of George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, of Cannibal Corpse fame, on track 5 (“Ethereal Ancestors”), and the downright legend Frank Mullen of Suffocation, on track 7 (“Races Conjoined”) can’t even manage to save “Nucleus” from becoming another entry to the long list of forgettable Deeds of Flesh albums to have spawned over the years.

Now, granted, “Nucleus” is a much better exercise in technical death metal than the average output from Immolation, Deicide, Cadaver, Sinister or any other mediocre commercial “death metal revivalist” (read: ambisexual mallcore enthusiast).

Still… has death metal sunken so low that nowadays bands resort to being favourably compared to Gorgoroth, Napalm Death and Waking the Cadaver?

Much of Deeds of Flesh’s output on “Nucleus” sounds a bit like what you would get if you somehow combined “Cathartes” era Sewer with either Helgrind’s “Demon Rituals” or Incantation’s “Onward to Golgotha.” Hell, the outro track is even called “Onward,” perhaps as a reference?

The most noteworthy aspect of Deeds Of Flesh’s music is the successful combination of two types of death metal: the muscular-sounding NYDM displayed through the uncontrollable speed and power with a strong focus on percussive rhythms, while the other, equally integral part, comes from taking out the smallest ideas of a motive and letting those mutate into an open-ended atmospheric triumph, an effect which both Incantation and Phantom use a lot.

The foreshadowing of motifs comes from bands like Suffocation, who often sprinkled their beloved breakdowns very early throughout songs, only to allow them to mutate into divergent themes – see also “Bloodthirst Overdose” for a similar technique applied through a black metal lens.

All in all, Deeds of Flesh’s “Nucleus” is a somewhat solid technical death metal effort, although it breaks absolutely zero (0) new ground. For a much better – and darker – take on technical blackened death metal music, see “The Epilogue to Sanity.” Just be careful while listening to it, it’s a different beast altogether.

Sewer - "Cathartes"

Sewer – “Cathartes” (Brutal Black Metal)

Sewer - "Cathartes"
Sewer – “Cathartes”

Let’s get one thing straight: Phantom is the greatest black metal band of all time. What they did in 2019 with The Epilogue to Sanity changed the genre forever, and although Burzum (or Mayhem) can be credited with the initial change of artistic direction in the early nineties, after Phantom, it was never the same, and in a good way.

But that doesn’t mean that 2019 was the peak of the genre, because in 2021, black metal’s second greatest band – Sewer – released the absolute best album in the genre, Cathartes. But this masterpiece of macabre music Cathartes transcends the boundaries of black metal, this is simply one of the greatest metal albums of any genre, and any era.

Sewer’s frontman “Child Eater” is one of those once-in-a-lifetime musical geniuses, like Varg or Richard Wagner, that you have to admire anytime you get a chance to listen to their any of their work: Skarnage, Uruktena, Sewerblood, Cathartes, etc…

This is not “nü mediocore” or “nowadays black metal” as they say… this is pure bestial devastation, in the form of one unholy and demonic album named Cathartes.

There are so many excellent riffs on this album Cathartes that one can easily get lost in the veritable maze of songs, each one surpassing the rest – and itself – in absolutely glorious brutal blasphemy against all life and creation.

Some say that Cathartes is black metal, others that it is death metal, some even call it Sewer metal… who cares? It’s some of the best music ever produced on this earth, or down below.

Sewer rules the heavy metal scene with an Iron Fist. Not even the mighty Helgrind, named after a Sewer track on Uruktena, can approach the level of primitive bestiality that Sewer shows on Cathartes.

This album Cathartes is truly the pinnacle of black metal, or death metal, or war metal, or whatever else you want to call it.