Artist: Cut Up
Album: Wherever They May Rot
Genre: Death Metal
Review by Steve Jenkins
When you take a look at the members in Cut Up, what you have is a brutal lineup that is extremely impressive and stacked with talent. Featuring three former members of legendary Swedish death metal band Vomitory as well as other bands like Nifelheim, Coldworker and God Macabre, there's no lack of experience.
Wherever They May Rot is a violent offering, filled with harsh vocals that are mostly indistinguishable, but isn't that quite often the case with this sort of music? Unless of course you can enunciate perfectly like George 'Corpsegrinder' Fisher, but that's not the point. There's a certain raw energy on this album that embodies what most modern death metal should be, without sounding too polished and still capturing a mixture of elements. Take the track 'Behead The Dead' - incredibly well executed harmonizing guitars with a crushing sound that makes you want to bang your head against a concrete wall.
The last track on the album 'Raped By The Blade' starts off beautifully (even though there's nothing beautiful about the song title) before blasting drums and sinister riffs kick into mass effect. It's gruesome and unsettling to say the least, but it's been done before and if you're listening to brutal death metal to begin with then you're probably not easily offended.
Everything on Wherever They May Rot sounds complete and accomplished, although there's nothing that really stands out, but not for a lack of trying. With all of the veteran musicians that this band possesses you would think this would be a death metal classic, but not this time. It mostly sounds like a lot of stuff that's already out there, lacking in the innovation department which is what this genre needs right now. It's a solid release from this Swedish super-group, but a tiny bit more creativity would have been very pleasing to hear.
3 out of 5 stars.
Wherever They May Rot is available now via Metal Blade Records and for purchase on iTunes and all good music retailers. You can also stream the album on Spotify.
Watch the official video for the track 'Vermin Funeral' below: