Recorruptor – The Funeral Corridor Review

We interrupt the regularly scheduled program to bring you something much better. I am the mighty Kronos, Master of Br00tality, and I listen to things that most metalheads wouldn’t even calI music. I can alliterally alliterate alliteration all day long and I know everything there is to know about the feeding and breeding tendencies of every fucking kind of animal that has ever or will ever live. I eat power metal loving weenies like Holdeneye for breakfast, and I fucking did it — I ate him for breakfast. Don’t blame me, it was natural selection’s fault. He was probably just going to say 600 lame words about some super lame and wimpy album, but I’ve saved you from that tedious boredom. Now, behold as I bring you something far more br00tal and violent. Feast your ears upon The Funeral Corridor, the sophomore album from Michigan’s Recorruptor.

Fooled you! You really thought Kronos ate me, didn’t you? Silly you! To be fair, Recorruptor’s style of death metal is generally more Kronosbait than Holdenbait, but took the bait I did. The band lives up to their promo blurb’s bold and eclectic list of influences by playing a slightly blackened version of technical old school death metal that comes with a side helping of deathcore grooves and slam vocals. A death metal machine made up of pieces of Cattle Decapitation, Cannibal Corpse, and Aborted and then sprinkled with a dash of Emperor is probably a decent reference point. Or not. I don’t know. Ask Kronos if you really care that much. Or better yet, press play on the monstrous embedded single “Souls of Limbo” and hear for yourself. Laying down an infectious groove, the track oscillates back and forth between technical brutality and old school thunder before a middle section of guttural pig vocals and blackened shrieks comes along. A long and well executed solo passage appears, giving you a chance to catch your breath just it time for the track to dump you right back into the bin of filthy riffs that it started with. It’s a pretty glorious song, and an easy one to put on the Death Metal Tracks o’ the Year list.

The band’s technical prowess is readily on display all over The Funeral Corridor. Josh Moore sounds like he might have been an actual drum machine in a former life, and guitarists Seth Earl and Dustin Cook have the chops to nail every style they go for on the record. The riffs on “Tormented Egress” include more noodles than a Spaghetti Factory Hearty Meal, while the leads on “Watchful Eyes in the Temple of Aspiration” ring with arpeggios as the often mid-paced song lurches ahead. The album’s nine tracks are bisected by its shortest number, “Moribund,” a fantastic morsel featuring a triumphantly blackened march. It results in a powerfully memorable midpoint for the record, cementing the first half of the album as extremely solid.

But that idea of memorability is the primary nit to be picked with The Funeral Corridor. The record bursts from the gate with a series of six strong and varied tracks, but begins to drag as it races to the close. The final three tracks are each six minutes or longer, and while all of them are good, they all feel a bit too long and there’s a lack of memorable moments. This issue leads to a certain amount of listener fatigue on an album that clocks in at 53 minutes. The record sports an organic production, somewhat surprising given the tech death and deathcore aspects of Recorruptor’s sound. If you like the band’s style, you’ll probably find something to like about every track here, but “Souls of Limbo” and “Moribund” simply slay.

My reviewing habits don’t often find me veering into Kronos territory, but every once in a while, I like to have my face kicked in. Recorruptor have a great style that incorporates a nice variety of influences, and when combined with the old school aesthetic, it makes the majority of The Funeral Corridor feel fresh and vibrant. With some editing, the band’s future could be br00tally bright. In the meantime, let’s consume our metal in a sustainable fashion. Reduce, Reuse, Recorrupt.

Rating: 3.0/5.0
DR: 10 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Self-released
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Releases Worldwide: August 21st, 2020

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