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'Excruciating Intestinal Lacerations'
(Comatose Music)

Sam Shepherd

sam shepherd

Excruciating Intestinal Lacerations

This debut album from Engorgement might be a little short – in fact, it's more of an EP than a bonefide long player – but what it lacks in length, it makes up for in impact. A quick gander at the artwork (mutilated female corpses hung up like wallpaper) instantly brings to mind the imagery that graced the early Cannibal Corpse albums and serves as a fairly clear pointer as to what Engorgement are all about.

Gore splattered death Metal is perhaps unsurprisingly the blueprint for what Engorgement does and they do it well, rarely straying from the well worn (left hand) path. With members drawn from Gore Sanctum, Embryonic Depravity, and our personal favourite Disgorged Prolapse, there's a considerable history of full on mindless carnage to draw on.

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As might be expected from a record entitled 'Excruciating Intestinal Lacerations' this is not exactly a comfortable listen. Only an album called 'Haemorrhoids Burst With A Blunt Knitting Needle' would cause a greater amount of shifting in the seat. Maybe next time.

As for the music itself, it's all fairly standard fare. There’s an occasional blast beat, and raw brutal riffing that chugs at a fairly steady pace through out without really ever changing up (or down) through the gears. This is in fact the only real let down with '...Lacerations'. There's not enough change in pace and dynamics to really distinguish the songs from each other.

That said, 'Paraplegic Punchbag' does manage to skip between tempos and drop a bundle of pinch harmonics into the mix, making it perhaps the best track here, although the closing sledgehammer riffing of 'Full Body Prolapse' is undeniably good brutal fun.

'Cranial Devourment' also has its breakout moments, but 'Fornicating The Disfigured's' unrelenting grind just becomes a little tedious after a while.

James Murphy's vocals are something of an acquired taste. With no lyric sheet, it's impossible to know exactly what he's grunting about, but going on song titles alone, it's fairly certain that there's nothing in here about fluffy rabbits or profound heartbreak.

With no range to speak of, his style is essentially grunting, growling, and possibly puking indecipherable filth epithets.

There's something disconcertingly wet about his delivery that sounds like a bath full of throat oysters being drained from a rusty tub into a pipe system built from human bones; fortunately this fits Engorgement's style perfectly.

This is not the most original of debuts admittedly, but it is well executed, finely produced and suggests that there's a lot more to come from Engorgement.

If they can change the pace up a little and mess with their dynamic range a little, they will be nothing short of devastating. For now though, this is a solid, grime encrusted album which wears its death Metal influences with pride.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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