WELCOME TO 90'S DEATH METAL WEEK
That's right, gang. Enough with all the rap and movie soundtracks and Joe Pesci novelty albums and shit. This week on IC I'll be posting nothing but the classics, lost gems from the finest era of the finest genre of music mankind has ever known. Seven albums in six days, all of them released between 1991 and 1997, all of them sharing several key elements: sweatpants, leather jackets, crunchy guitars, double-kick, ambient keyboard intros, and an undying allegiance to the dark lord Satan.
Right: Universal Small Soldier? What the fuck is happening to this blog?!?!
To kick things off, I've chosen Sweden's Excruciate, whose 1993 album Passage of Life is an excellent (if slightly lesser known) entry into the fascinatingly overpopulated realm of early 90's Swedeath. All the usual symptoms are here, from tasty blastbeats to Cookie Monster vocals to a guy wearing his own band's T-shirt in their group shot (metal faux pas bro, major metal faux pas). This was Excruciate's only proper full-length release, and while it might not be anything life-changing or groundbreaking, it is nonetheless a brutal and pleasing chunk of cryptic effluvium from a forgotten age.