6/09/2017

Broken Hope- Mutlilated and Assimiliated (Album Review)

Musicians: Broken Hope
Album Title: Mutilated and Assimilated
Genre/ Subgenre: Death Metal
Label: Century Media
Release date: June 23, 2017

Uncompromising. If I was told to use one word to describe Mutilated and Assimilated, the latest release from Chicago's death metal monsters Broken Hope, it would be that one. This powerful and almost continuously brutal release very rarely lets up.

The expert musicianship has battering blastbeats and pummeling riffing. They are accompanied by the deep guttural vocal growls of Damian 'Tom'' Leski. He belts gore obsessed lyrics with all the classic death metal aplomb you expect from Broken Hope.

There area total of 13 bloody and brutal tracks in the album. The second track, ''The Bunker'' opens up with the sound of war, which is appropriate not the least of which is because of the machine gun like drumming. The title track has a cool, almost mechanical intro that leads right into slow, driving, and thoroughly crushing music. The heartwarmingly titled ''Outback Incest Clan'' is fast and furious and will rip your motherfucking face right off! There are two versions of ''Hell's Handpuppets'' both of which have a great acoustic style intro that goes into doom crunching and then soaring guitars and anger filled blastbeats . I am not sure where I can buy a pair of ''Nercopants'', but the brutal and face pounding song might be my favorite on the album. The album ends with a 25th anniversary recording of the title track from their debut album, this time around called ''Swamped in Gorehog''. It's fucking killer and not just a great way to close off the album but a perfect way to acknowledge the longevity of this classic death metal act.

Mutilated and Assimilated is not only one of the very best death metal albums releases so far in 2017; it also ranks among Broken Hope's best work. This is an absolute must have for fans of old school death metal. Be sure to get when it comes out later this month on June 23, 2017.

From the official press release:
''Mutilated and Assimilated'' officially arrives June 23rd on Century Media Records and will be released as a Limited Edition CD+DVD Digipak in North America and in a Special Edition CD+DVD Digipak in Europe, as well as digital & streaming versions available on all the major outlets worldwide.   

The LP version will be released in the following vinyl colors:
Gatefold "Peeled Flesh" neon pink LP+CD: US Exclusive  
Gatefold "Antarctic" blue LP+CD: Band Exclusive  Ltd.
Gatefold "Cremated Corpse" black LP+CD: available via European stores  Ltd.
Gatefold "Gory Glory" transp. red LP+CD: CM Distro Europe Exclusive
  
In the meantime, check out the ultra-gory video for the vicious track ''The Carrion Eaters'' in the video below:

4.5 out of 5

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