Finland’s Corpsessed bring their live performance from Braincrusher in Hell Festival to the wide world: Skeletal Grotesquery.
Ask any diehard death metal fan about Corpsessed and you will get an earful. Formed in Finland in 2008, Corpsessed has released four full-length albums and a couple of EPs (plus a split with Solothus and Undergang that is really hard to find these days). The latest record, Succumb To Rot (2022), is one of their very best, and I think the band is performing at the highest level of their career now, fifteen years in. Corpsessed is N. Matilainen (vocals), M. Mäkelä (guitar, vocals), J. Lustig (guitar), T. Kulmala (bass, vocals), and J-P. Manner (drums).
Skeletal Grotesquery is a live recording from Corpsessed’s performance at Braincrusher in Hell Festival in Hirschaid, Germany, on November 25, 2022. Reportedly, there are no overduds on this set, which is amazing when you listen to it. The precision and execution is beyond impressive. The set list is “Succumb to Rot,” “Relentless Entropy,” “Death-Stench Effluvium,” “Spiritual Malevolence,” “Sortilege,” “Ravening Tides,” “Demoniacal Subjugation,” “Forlorn Burial,” and “Pneuma Akathartos.”
The recording starts out with some crowd noise so you can get the feel of a live performance, then plows right into “Succumb To Rot.” The music was captured directly from the soundboard, so the large presences as well as the nuances come through exceptionally well. There aren’t any issues with the sound to report at all. The crowd rumblings in between songs gives you the feeling you are in a club and they enhance the experience measurably. Live recordings do not always live up to our expectations because they frequently do not really sound the way the band sounds live. This one is done right and does make you feel like you were actually there when it all went down. Recommended.
Skeletal Grotesquery becomes real on May 29th through Krucyator Productions on digital and CD. Get yours at the links below.
Krucyator Productions, https://krucyator.com/
FFMB review of Succumb To Rot, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2022/04/21/corpsessed-succumb-to-rot-dark-descent-2022/
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