Vomitory, "Blood Rapture"
Wasting no time with pleasantries, Vomitory's fourth album Blood Rapture kicks off blazing, brutal and heavy as fuck with "Chaos Fury." Yeah, these Swedes are back with another installment of pure, unadulterated cruelty, there's no doubt. Through the nine tracks, Vomitory fails to let up even slightly, as every song is delivered with speed and fury. Though the band does trade away some of it's diversity with this blatant choice for blinding dischord, they make up plenty of ground in pure nerve with songs like "Blessed and Forsaken" or the title track, their best song yet, which finally slows down some, delivering the goods with a "Seasons in the Abyss"-style of control that builds to mayhem. Other notable tracks include "Madness Prevails" and "Rotting Hill," mostly because Vomitory has chosen to expound on the idea of catchy riffs in addition to the brutality. Blood Rapture likely surpasses everything the group has done before, including their down and dirty sophomore release, Redemption. My one complaint is that they've got to get better artwork for their albums, and the Halloween font on the back sends the wrong message, something that underground bands just can't afford to do. Aside from these very minor, picky details, Blood Rapture will please even the sickest deathster's demented craving.