This is the kind of death metal album that just steamrolls all over you as soon as you press play. It’s a relentlessly savage monster throughout the playing time, showing no let up in its bloody commitment to knock you over and flatten you to a mushy corpse.
With a strong sound that just leaps out of the speakers, the songs combine heaviness with speed to produce brutal tracks that don’t give an inch.
The influence of the old-school Swedish scene is definitely felt across these tracks, but the band don’t limit themselves to this. I can hear elements of bands as diverse as Obituary, Deicide, Malevolent Creation and Krisiun here and there too, as well as a streak of modern death metal that runs through everything. This shows that there’s more to Cut Up than just Swedish death metal, as enjoyable as that style undeniably is.
The songs are a reminder that death metal is arguably at its best when it’s catchy and memorable, as well as being utterly brutal. Also, there are some really good guitar solos on here too.
The vocals are as relentless and unforgiving as the music. The band’s two vocalists take turns to unleash sonic violence on your battered body, with harsh growls that are as satisfying as they are well-performed.
Wherever They May Rot is almost 40 minutes of heavily aggressive death metal. It’s a monstrous beast that will tear your head off as soon as look at you, and the band have produced an album that will not only make a mark, but leave a huge bloody scar too.
Highly recommended and enjoyable.