No track on here could be considered filler

Who would have thought that after a break-up in 2007 and the usual post-breakup lawyer baiting that went on with this band that their shelved/unreleased final album would make the light of day.  The musical world works in a far more mysterious way than many a normal person can comprehend, and this release is one such gold nugget.

Opening with a very death n roll beat, ‘Aztec Holiday’ sounds like something that Entombed would of released in their heyday. An inspired solo holds the stomp of the song together, but as it starts to feel like it has over stayed its welcome the clean riffing comes back in to remind you how good it is.

The early groove start is quickly taken up a notch when ‘Persona Non Grata’ kicks in with its old school death metal feel pushing the opening track into the distance the way that the tempo switches between the death n roll and full speed death metal.

What is noticeable as this plays through is that even though it was recorded in 2007, it has aged so well that it easily competes with some of the death currently being released. Don’t believe me? Check out ‘Devil’s Work’ or ‘King of Smut’. And the band does the groovy end so well a song with strange keyboards and a sludge stomp ‘Brute’ is no where out of place on this at times eclectic album, while the story telling on a jam like ‘Suicide Bombshell’ is second to none, even with 10 years under the bridge.

If this had made it to the light of day when it was first recorded it may well have had some corners of the metal world stand up a little and pay more attention to what Pungent Stence where doing. There is not a track on here that could be considered filler. Go on, check it out. You know you are interested in what Smut lies beneath.

 

  1. Aztec Holiday
  2. Persona Non Grata
  3. Devil’s Work
  4. Brute
  5. King of Smut
  6. Suicide Bombshell
  7. Opus Dei
  8. I Require Death Sentence
  9. Me Gonzo
  10. Planet of the Dead