Exhuming The Forgotten: Monstrosity – Imperial Doom

Monstrosity - Imperial Doom

Monstrosity - Imperial Doom

OK, let’s find out if I have gravely wronged Monstrosity by not listening to this album a ton more than I have in the past or was I justified in doing so. I hate to say this but I think it was the right call on my part.

First the positives as there are plenty of them here. The cover of this album is stunning. While it is certainly a nasty looking bit of body horror that I think David Cronenberg would approve of the use of color here really stands out. No sticking to black and red here, they use the whole palette to wonderful effect. The musicianship is quite solid and Corpsegrinder is a damned solid vocalist and far better than Chris Barnes ever was, though that isn’t saying much. However on this album he does have one problem. His cadence is always the same and this problem extends to the whole album. It is a solid record but it is very repetitive.

While this was recorded at Morrisound, Monstrosity handled the production themselves so it doesn’t sound like Arise or The Ten Commandments and that bit of individuality is nice. However the songs themselves sound like leftovers from Altars of Madness. The tempo runs on the faster side though they do like to get slow and heavy when it is called for. This is not a bad album but it’s one of those that you put on in the background when doing something else. It doesn’t really stand up to a good close listen as it is very redundant.

This is also going to sound bad because of when I’m saying this but this is a very short album and that is a good thing. While they would certainly improve later on I have to say this is a decent start but not a great one. You can hear the seeds of the later masterpiece that is In Dark Purity here but they had a long way to go to get there.

Verdict: A decent record but when I’m in the mood for this sort of thing I’m just putting on Altars of Madness for the billionth time.

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3 Responses to Exhuming The Forgotten: Monstrosity – Imperial Doom

  1. Funny, this one ended up in the pile of old tapes sitting on my desk. I’ll toss it back into the pile because Kyle did a nice job saying what I was going to say anyway. Monstrosity did get better, though, as KH pointed out!

  2. Kyle Huckins says:

    I was just glad to get something done before you manage to review every death metal album from 1988-95.

  3. Heh. I’m a little sad that my tape collection is so lacking in more underground stuff. I do have a bunch of tapes that just say “Death Metal” on them. No idea what’s on there, or even how to figure out who the bands are… I’d love to take the Delorean back to 1990 and tell myself to label the damn tapes, thank you very much!

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