The album starts with something that I have grown somewhat used to hearing: an intro track. Like many metal album intros that I have reviewed, this one ("The Art of Pain") sounds noticeably different from the following music, but unlike many other intros, it doesn't sound wildly different and definitely stays within the realm of head-pounding metal. Not surprisingly, this one and the other tracks with the tamest names, "Awaiting..." and "The Last Way", are instrumental, with the latter two being softer and not so much a break from the brutality as a spiraling hole that leads to more, and finally the feeling of being stuck in a guts-soaked well with a broken leg. Gory and violent track names bring a certain expectation for devastatingly guttural vocals, and let me tell you, these vocals are indeed devastatingly guttural. Hearing this album, I am not certain as to whether vocalist Igor cupped the microphone in the studio (his picture on Encyclopaedia Metallum shows him doing so live), and cupping usually leaves a negative result on recordings, but his vocals sound as solid and they do brutal here.
The music is as catchy, rotten, and brutal as the song titles and album cover would suggest. In brutal death metal, it's hard to go wrong with names like "Pouring Molten Lead into a Throat" and "Hanged on the Hook By a Rib". Interestingly, the ninth track "Buried Alive" starts with a soft intro akin to the aforementioned instrumental "Awaiting..." and features a few breaks with similar softness in between bouts of brutality, but this also denotes pain more than calm. The music itself is a good mix of ear- and intestine-splitting brutality and well-written composition, with several different hooks and riffs per song, with breaks that grip the listener's interest.
Personal rating: 9/10
I wish there were a better description than "brutal", other than "fucking brutal".