Vomitory // Opus Mortis VIII
Rating: 4.5/5.0 —Exactly what I needed
Label: Metal Blade
Websites: vomitory.net | myspace.com/vomitoryswe
Release Dates: EU: 2011.04.23/26 | US: 04.26.2011

Vomitory - Opus Mortis VIIII’ve actually been having a bit of a problem this year. While this is supposed to be the big year for all the big-named metal bands that I love, I can’t help but get the feeling that no one is putting out records that are even nearly as good as they should be. OK, I really got into the new Vintersorg, but I thought Septic Flesh was a letdown, as was the new Amon Amarth. There are others that I can’t mention yet, but let me just say, I’m disappointed with pretty much all of my favorite bands this year. So when I got Vomitory‘s Opus Mortis VIII and popped it in, I can’t say that I was expecting much more than that same ol’ same ol’ feeling of apathy. I was beginning to think, frankly, that this was my problem. But Vomitory helped me realize something, this is their problem, not mine.

Opus Mortis VIII is definitely exactly what I was looking for. It’s a brutal death metal record that has all the gore, brutality and awesome that we expect from a good death metal band, plus a feel similar to that of Torture Division or Bloodbath, the combination of a bit of grind, but also lots of traditional Swedish death metal melody and heaviness. But don’t get confused, this is not a retro death metal band by any stretch of the imagination. Vomitory has been at this since the early 90s (when they were putting out demos) and they have perfected this riffy, brutal but slightly melodic sound to an art. Opus Mortis VIII is one more piece of proof of this.

I’ve not listened to the band’s whole discography, unfortunately, but I started listening to them back with 2007’s Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize and also enjoyed 2009’s Carnage Euphoria. What I can say for Opus Mortis VIII, which only clocks in at about 37 minutes, is that it doesn’t seem as blasty as the previous two. I might just be imagining things, but there feels like a bit more groove and riffyness going on. Vomitory 1 - by Fredrik Karlsson The production here, too, bears mentioning because this record has a bassier sound than the last two. While the drums still sound replaced, the whole production is just meaty like a hammer getting smashed into your ears when it starts up. This lends to this more Bolt Thrower or Demiurg kind of feel to the production, and that’s no insult.

I have trouble escaping this aching feeling that someone is going to complain about this album, however. Because it’s not as straight-forwardly br000tal as maybe some of the band’s previous work, I think it might get panned within the death metal community to some extent. However, if you like groovy death metal there is absolutely no reason that you wouldn’t also love this. I suspect that fans should get into this, but certainly the sound is a tad different from Terrorize Brutalize Sodomize at least in that respect. But the things that they’re doing on Opus Mortis VIII are things they have been doing on previous albums as well.

So break up your new-sound and follow-up monotony with some death metal done the way its supposed to be done (that is, like Vomitory does it). If tracks like “They Will Burn” and “Combat Psychosis” don’t move you, then you need to get your hearing aid fixed. Sure, this isn’t super techy death metal, but it’s got a good, honest feeling that is desperately needed in this day and age. Oh, also it’s catchy, brutal and just as good as everything else I’ve ever heard from these guys. So go forth and purchase. I deem Vomitory Opus Mortis VIII Record o’ the Month for April, 2011.

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  • Ernesto

    Please, don’t tell me you are dissapointed of new Primordial’s effort….for it’s incredibly awesome!

    • http://www.angrymetalguy.com Angry Metal Guy

      I’m sadly disappointed with the new Primordial.

      • ZacP

        Dear God in heaven don’t let it be the new Amorphis album that you’re disappointed with

  • Mike

    Just curious, how early do you receive your albums for review from the label? The mention of letdowns that you can’t talk about yet worries me a little, lol.

  • bzzzr

    The new moonsorrow wasn’t a disappointment :o)

    • NSX

      And Obscura’s new one isn’t shit

  • Lord Doom

    I definitely agree with you about the new Septicflesh.

    I’m excited to hear this, since I was first pointed to Vomitory’s Carnage Euphoria by one of my guitarists. It’s a great album and if this gets the thumbs up it should be great!

  • Zadion

    Can’t say I’ll be listening to this, as I am not a fan of the “brutal”, pure death metal style. Still, Steel Druhm gave the new Septic Flesh and Amon Amarth great reviews. I’m guessing it’s just you. :P

    • http://www.angrymetalguy.com Angry Metal Guy

      Hey dude read this and come back and make that claim: Ayup.

      • Zadion

        The link doesn’t work for me.

        • http://www.angrymetalguy.com/ Angry Metal Guy

          Oh, my bad: Try this.

  • Seven Costanza

    It would seem this is a year of unexpected surprises.

    Furthermore, if there’s a God in heaven, Opeth won’t let us down.

    A- And Fodd Forlorare sounds great still!

  • ZacP

    This album is truly great!

    and it’s made me blow the dust off my old death metal records and appreciate them all over again

  • Kevin

    Great album,great band.Vomitory always delivers.

  • Old Pick Axe

    My hats off to Vomitory for releasing a very strong contender for 2011’s “Death Metal Album of the Year.” In my opinion, Opus Mortis VIII is one of the purest, most honest death metal albums since Cannibal Corpse released “Vile” and Broken Hope released “Swamped In Gore.” Masterpiece.

    • http://www.angrymetalguy.com Angry Metal Guy

      What, you don’t like the new Morbid Angel? haha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barry-Neilson/284003861 Barry Neilson

    Ok this really is a fucking sick album. The more I listen to it, the more I enjoy it. It absolutely reeks of old school death metal. On par with Unleashed ‘As Yggdrasil Trembles’, which was THE death metal album of 2010 in my opinion!

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