Gutslit - Amputheatre 01You don’t have to be a metal genius to make an accurate assumption about the genre affiliation of India’s Gutslit. Although it would make a nice surprise, Gutslit isn’t a group of prog metal hipsters or power metal warrior nerds. No folks, Gutslit, as expected, play brutal death bolstered by a smattering of grind. But unlike many run-of-the-mill bands that favor guttural extremity over actual craftsmanship and decent songwriting, Gutslit rise above the pack with their impressively written and refined second LP, Amputheatre. They’re also another shining example of the talent emerging from the rising Indian metal scene and despite having only a split and one prior full-length album to their name, Gutslit are no strangers to the underground metal scene. Forming way back in 2007, their hard work and experience paved the way for the impressive development that has come to fruition on Amputheatre.

Kicking off with a sample-laden, slow-building intro, Gutslit detonate their intentions properly via the fittingly titled “Brazen Bull.” This is a lean, mean motherfucker of a tune, recalling a more straightforward Benighted, creating a solid indication of the quality songwriting and technical precision the band display throughout the album. The song shifts and contorts on a dime, from sleek fretboard flurries, beefed-up thrashy passages, whip-smart tempo changes and structural variations, right down to some nifty soloing and fat, pig squealing grooves. Fear not swine haters, new vocalist Kaushal LS (Godless) mostly deploys a thick low growl and slightly higher pitched variation, keeping the brees to a minimum. A further upside to Amputheatre’s success is that fortunately, Gutslit revel in the lost art of song-writing efficiency, trimming the album to a perfectly concise 28 minutes and change.

Critical to the album’s success is the band’s varied take on brutal death. Song-writing dynamics feature prominently, ensuring the material doesn’t get lost in a gooey mess of gurgles, blasts and indecipherable music that often derails the sloppier brutal death breed. There’s a truckload of riffs, bloodied hooks and rhythmic variations crammed into each song without becoming convoluted or slipping into the clutches of monotony. And Gutslit’s sheer propulsive energy, relentlessly aggressive delivery, and cement crushing heaviness are very easy to like. “Necktie Party” chops and hacks with brute force, flitting between bursts of headbangable groove, arthritis inducing fretwork, and steroid injected thrash. Settling into a killer opening groove, “Blood Eagle” shifts gears effortlessly, becoming increasingly frantic and wired, while early highlight “From One Ear to Another” is masterfully stitched together, mixing up dynamics expertly and sounding completely unhinged during its speediest passages.

At its best Amputheatre is near unstoppable, but although it’s a consistent offering, the stronger songs render the rest of the album as merely very good, with the very high-quality standards difficult to sustain across the entire album. The album is a tad top heavy and while lengthy closer “Death Hammer” demonstrates Gutslit’s ability to pace themselves over a longer period and incorporate a modicum of melody into the fray, it’s missing some of the album’s infectiously concentrated energy. However, it’s a relatively minor nitpick. A further boost to Amputheatre’s undeniable quality lies in the strong production values. Gutslit doesn’t skimp on the brutality, speed, and jackhammer blasting, but the stout, clean production, not to mention Gutslit’s excellent musicianship, not only make sense of it all but lend the album the sonic weight to align with Gutslit’s supercharged delivery. However, the dynamic range score is a bit misleading due to a particularly high rating of the intro track, with the actual range sitting around DR6 industry standard levels.

Gutslit’s Amputheatre is one hell of a beastly brutal death album that sits nicely alongside quality 2017 brutal death/grind releases from Benighted and Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition. The band has the songwriting smarts and technical chops to match it with higher profile acts and should only continue developing as their career progresses. Down the track, I’ll probably end up regretting not scoring the album higher, but regardless of numbers, Amputheatre is totally worthy of your time and is a thoroughly enjoyable brutal death beatdown.


Rating: 3.5/5.0
DR: 8 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Transcending Obscurity
Websites: gutslitindia.bandcamp.com | facebook.com/gutslit
Releases Worldwide: October 15th, 2017

  • Planex

    how do I into grind

    • AjmsaenZ

      yes

      • Planex

        thank

    • Name’s Dalton

      Wut

      • Brutalist_Receptacle

        NO.

        • Planex

          why

          • Mollusc

            zed

          • Planex

            no

          • Mollusc

            Ha!

    • El_Cuervo

      > Beaten to Death

    • Nukenado

      Btn2des
      wormrut
      analnasrack
      gridlink
      nasom

      • Nukenado

        also naypolm deth

      • Nukenado

        enhal/xhal by nasom es relly gud

  • METAL OTTER

    Sikh tunes

    • PanzerFistDominatrix

      Nice one, made me giggle.

  • The Unicorn

    Liked it until about 1:20. Pig squeals is a dealbreaker for me. Us Unicorns dont like filthy swine.

    • Hogist!

      • The Unicorn

        *Gasp!*

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        #metoo

    • The Akerstache
    • sir_c

      What did you expect it to do when you impaled it with your horn?

    • Rolderathis

      Yeah, I think they’re very situational…maybe like ONE on an album is ok…when it’s a whole verse my brain just goes to sleep.

    • PretentiousFuckwad

      What if it’s brutal slamming weeaboocore inspired by Love Live!

      • Nukenado

        …This is the last place I’d thought I’d see that thing mentioned.
        With the tentacle erotica jokes Druhm pulled in the comments some time ago…
        Has AMG fallen victim to the ever-increasing weeb wave too?!

        In all consideration, Love Live!-core would probably be Babymetal copycats; Babymetal without the guts to put out something as absurd as Babymetal.

        • PretentiousFuckwad

          I was referring to Dehumanizing Itatrain Worship, which is quite far from babymetal in terms of musical style. Oddly enough they hate weeaboos, but put a picture of an anime girl from Love Live! on their album cover, and titled the first song, “niconiconii.”

          Tongue in cheek no doubt, or closeted weebs.

          • Nukenado

            They hate weebs?
            From what I can gather is that they seem to be huge fucking weebs. At least their twitter seems like it…
            Thanks for introducing me to a kickass band from my homeland though. I can totally share the”μ’sick” sentiment.

          • PretentiousFuckwad

            Given the fact that they were disgusted by the act of people kneeling before the “itatrains” it would seem as thought they are not big fans of weeaboos. I could be wrong though.

          • Nukenado

            It’s a specific Asian thing. While people in the West refer to “otaku” as a phrase to mean some anime fan, in Japan (and some parts of China, not sure about Korea), they mean horribly obsessed shut-ins. Think of the stereotypical nerd with zero social graces, except instead of eccentric, he’s just obsessed. Then you’re on the right track. The kind of dude that wears nothing but an anime shirt, has an anime-decaled van that makes you wonder if he’s safe to talk to. That’s the kind of people that kneel in front of those trains. Instead of a weeb (wannabe Japanese)… they’re just sad and obsessed.
            Or you could meet me in person and you’ll get it immediately.

          • Nukenado

            “Khezk, Nibiru666, Senjougahara Yousei and Itsuca (who is currently in Japan) joined Kiryu to record the album.
            Despite the fact that they hate the act of worshipping anime characters. They all enjoy good anime.”
            What I thought. No filthy Chink doesn’t like anime!

            I will definitelybe checking out this band for sure. The idea might seem absurd, but y’all Westerners have no idea how crazy the fucking people are. People actually kneel down at the trains. It’s fucking crazy. Also your facebook (Chinese knockoff version) feed used to get slammed by post after post of LL bullshit.
            Now if these guys can make an album about Fate/Grand Order…

          • Nukenado

            There’s an entire label dedicated to this cause, called Toxic Loli Records.
            What the fuck.

    • Name’s Dalton

      Funny, because that’s what hooked me. Love this band.

      • The Unicorn

        Cool man! We all dig diff stuff. Cheers & horns up fucker.

  • welyyt

    This record rules. Even the brees are awesome.

  • Nukenado

    Brutal Death with an Eliran Kantor cover. Classy.

    • welyyt

      My favorite cover of the year, bar none. Kantor’s 2017 output has been pretty crazy, some of the best work of his career.

      • Nukenado

        My favorite Kantor cover this year is still The Immortal Wars Those sky colors and the mood of the cover already creates the amazing atmosphere the record demands.

      • Eli Valcik

        I love the one he did for Sigh’s In Somniphobia, one of my favorite vinyls in my collection.

        • Nukenado

          In Somniphobia has really cool design and Kantor himself seems to like it a lot, but I’m not a big fan of the washed up color pallette.

          • Eli Valcik

            Thats funny, my favorite part is the color palette. It has a very Renaissance feel which I love.

          • Nukenado

            I’m not a huge fan of the “natural” approach that many Renaissance paintings go for, see… I prefer over the top bombast and vivid colors. I even like fucking baroque furniture…
            Probably evident since I like power metal.

          • Nukenado

            I do appreciate the cover and Renaissance work though. It’s just not my thing.

  • sir_c

    The music matches their name. I’m not really into this genre, but the embedded track was pretty well done.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    That awkward moment when the artwork is more brutal than the sample track.

  • Matthew

    Stumbled upon this due to the stunning artwork by Eliran Kantor a couple of weeks ago, looking forward to hearing this one in full!

  • Tofu muncher
  • Tofu muncher

    What a way to spend 28 minutes…

  • Seeotter

    but the cover!

  • Name’s Dalton

    Love this label.

  • Bryan Barkman

    This scratches my itch for new Cattle Decap pretty nicely.