Album Title: Intolerant Profanatory Domination
This is a rehearsal demo from Amputator, an American band playing black metal.
The sound on "Intolerant Profanatory Domination" is great, especially for a rehearsal -- the guitars have just enough fuzz, and the vocals (both a death metal growl and grunted/shouted vocals) are perfectly audible. The drum programming is good enough to keep the machine drums subtle, too.
Amputator's songwriting has improved since their first demo. This one is a bit more varied, with some pick slides and primitive riffs along with the second-wave black metal sound. It reminds me of newer Darkthrone in places, especially on "Bring Hell On Earth".
"When Your Children Burn" has a mix of aggressive black and thrash riffing. The frequent death-style vocals on this one add a lot of heaviness.
"Gutterslut" starts out catchy and stays that way, with distinctive riffing and excellent vocal timing. If just one Amputator song is going to get stuck in your head, this will be it.
The wandering guitar theme on "Barbaric Hell Eviscerate" is full of subtle changes, yet flows effortlessly through most of the song. At the end, a reprise of the vicious opening riff comes in to finish things up.
"Extinction Deathmarch" sets a triumphant mood, with fast guitar work and tons of cymbal hits. The stereo effect on the latter is especially cool.
"Nerve Gas Molestation" is a straightforward tune with plenty of speed and anger to it. It seems a bit nondescript compared to most of the other songs on the album, though.
"Bring Hell On Earth" is by far the best song on the album. There's a great old-school riff, here, with smooth transitions between it and more modern black metal sections. There's some nice interplay between the two vocalists, as well. Two well-chosen samples open and close the song.
The guitar on "Feasting on Vermin" sounds like it would be at home on a Judas Iscariot record -- it creates a repetitive, trancelike atmosphere out of a handful of different guitar parts. Again, some great transitions between riffs.
If you liked Amputator's first demo and want more of the same, "Intolerant Profanatory Domination" is certainly worth getting. If, on the other hand, you haven't heard this band yet, this is the best place to start. Recommended.
Standout Tracks: "Gutterslut", "Bring Hell On Earth"