Last Days Of Humanity — «Hymns Of Indigestible Suppuration» (1999)

08.12.2001  :: АрхивАрхив рецензий Автор: Chris Alfano

Last Days of Humanity are a four-piece outfit hailing from Holland. Before I actually took the time to acquaint myself with their music, I was only familiar with the band’s apparent obsession with grotesque head wounds, as displayed on the covers of both this album, and 1998’s «The Sound of Rancid Juices Sloshing Around Your Coffin». Have you ever had trouble visualizing exactly what someone looks like after they leap head-first off a tall building? How about the distribution of brain tissue at the scene of a shotgun suicide? And what about the guy who stuck his melon into the path of an oncoming vehicle? Well, you need not wonder any longer, because Last Days of Humanity have all the answers contained in their CD booklets. What would we do without these guys?

«Hymns of Indigestible Suppuration» contains 23 tracks, most of which (in length) fall somewhere between the 1 and 2-minute mark. The song titles are of the usual medical/gore variety, and while the booklet does not contain any lyrics, I doubt that I’m missing much. As long as we’re focusing on the negative, let’s also mention that the production is not something I would be proud of, and I have a strong suspicion that the vocals of Bart Bouwmans have been artificially augmented beyond their normal range by some form of studio trickery.

So what else of this poorly-produced, lyrically-absent, vocally-modified mess is there for me to discuss? I will go out on a limb here and say that this is some excellent stuff. This is not your typical 3-speed grind (fast, faster, and warp-speed), as «Hymns Of…» shows that LDoH can put together a crushing break-down when they set their minds to it. However, this observation exposes yet another critical problem: the guitars of William «v.d.» Ven are too low in the mix to really be effective. I found it necessary to tinker with the EQ settings on my stereo for awhile just to make the riffs audible over the blast beats and outrageously distorted vocals.

If you can tolerate the many short-comings that I’ve mentioned here, this disc is well worth your time. There is nothing new or revolutionary here, but LDoH do a competent job of maintaining the style that Carcass introduced us to with «Reek of Putrefaction». This band will accomplish a lot if they can just get a more coherent recording for the next album, and it will be interesting to see whether or not they pull it off.

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