Crematory Stench - Grotesque Deformities [Review + Stream]
About The Band
Crematory Stench started out as a Southern California trio of old school Death Metal worshipers. Formed in 2014, the band released their self-titled debut EP in 2016 and expanded to a quartet in live settings. For this EP, the Stench have gone for a gnarlier, uglier, and more brutal version of themselves. The Grotesque Deformities EP is available digitally as well as on cassette.
While the band’s love for Pestilence is very evident, one listen to this short, dank purveyor of torture recalls the early Carcass and Gorguts material… and maybe even a little Vengeance. The title track and “Slumber” both hearken back completely to a time when this style of music was the true underground. With tin can vocals, short riff guitar work with psychedelic leads, and drums that would sound monstrous if they weren’t compressed. “Hypothermic Expiry” has a Thrash underpinning (and some damn awesome drum work) amidst wailing guitars and a basement recording production vibe. “Septic Offal” rounds the EP out with some pretty excellent energy and great Death Metal riffing. The screams are great on this one as well, with the singer (J. Aguilar) sounding pretty horrific!
Overall, I really dig this EP. This isn’t a style of music I always listen to these days, so for this to catch my ear says a lot. It caught my ear because it reminded me of when this scene sounded fresh and rebellious, when it was about the vibe above all else. Grotesque Deformities is raw, energetic, and a tad creepy, so if you are looking for something extreme to sink your teeth into, this is the kinda flesh that will feed you for months.