Rotting - _demo_
by: Adrian Bromley (4 out of 5)
Following up the band's well-received first demo _Drown in Rotting Flesh_ (1995), Newmarket, Ontario death metallers Rotting return with one hell of a wallop. Packaged tightly into this six-song demo is an abrasive and collective force of metallic mayhem. Spewed forth upon us by opener "Sexually Tortured", the band's latest release edges more towards a brutal take on death metal than their last offering. Singer Korey Arnold's vocals have become more strengthened over time and the riffs and pummeling rhythm section seem to be on full throttle. The band still maintains their Cannibal Corpse/Carcass-like sound, thanks to Arnold's guttural spats and guitarist Jeff White's forceful riffs. The thing that makes this demo work for the band is the fact that nothing of Rotting's fast-riffed music style and sound was lost with the recording, and while the beats may be delivered at breakneck speed, they are clear and cohesive - a sign of good production. Another thing that makes this release is the congruency and flow that the songs have with one another. Also proving to have not lost any ideas over the time between recordings, Rotting delivers solid efforts like "Christian Castration" and "Unholy Penetration" with this demo. While Ontario, Canada may be behind in the metal department, at least there are bands like Rotting and Solus (Toronto) making every move to keeping a style of music alive and well. Like Solus' _Slave of Mind_ release, this demo is also worthy of getting a hold of.

Contact: ROTTING, c/o Korey Arnold

(article published 4/2/1997)


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