Review: Iniquitous Savagery – Subversions of the Psyche

Posted: February 2, 2016 in Reviews
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Another Scottish proponent of expert brutality, death metal crushers Iniquitous Savagery have got their debut full length ‘Subversions of the Psyche’ out now on Grindethic Records. And, as befitting a band with a name you’ll need to check your dictionary for, they slam hard and fast with brutal death metal.

There’s plenty of the usual influences here, from the Dying Fetus rampage of opener ‘Prey to the Agonies of Morbid Apprehension’, to the Suffocation-esque weight of the crushing title track. There’s plenty of vicious blasting, guttural growls and a stomach churning guitar tone that will vibrate your bone marrow. Brutal death metal bands don’t tend to stray far from the Devourment/Suffocation/Dying Fetus axis of evil, and the same is true of these guys.

That’s not to say that ‘Subversions of the Psyche’ is derivative in any way. Sure, it isn’t original, but when you’ve got tracks as strong as ‘Cognitive Dissonance’, or the catchily titled ‘Prognosis of Terminal Parasitic Degradation Facilitating the Process for Utter Decomposition’, you don’t necessarily need originality. What you need is quality of execution, and these lads have it in spades. The unstoppable ‘Sadistic’ and the planet fucking heaviness of ‘Subjucated into Pathological Servility’ is more evidence, as if you’d need it by the point this record is over.

At a sharp twenty eight minutes, ‘Subversions of the Psyche’ doesn’t outstay its welcome, and with tight song writing, crushing breakdowns and a hefty dose of brutality, Iniquitous Savagery stick pretty close to the brutal death rulebook, but at the same time execute it with aplomb. Definitely worth checking out.


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