The Murder Industry - Death Motivation
Xtreem Music
Brutal Death Metal
8 songs (41:23)
Release year: 2010
Official Myspace, Xtreem Music
Reviewed by Charles
The Murder Industry in Western Europe has really suffered in recent years. Following its pinnacle during the 1940s, production progressively moved east to Russia and China or south to Africa and Latin America over the latter half of the twentieth century. There are numerous factors at work there, maybe it’s the price of labour, perhaps it’s political integration. Regardless, you can’t expect an entire way of life to disappear without a backlash. Death Motivation is the opening statement by a group of four Spaniards (a nation with more history in the field than many) hell-bent on dragging industrialised killing on a massive scale back to their homeland. And none of that weak, ethical, organic industry either- this is child-exploiting, no-toilet-breaks heavy Murder Industry!

I suppose if you’re going to do that through the medium of song, brutal death metal isn’t a bad genre choice. First comparison that springs to mind listening to this is the mighty Gorezone- an obscure reference, for sure, that springs into mind chiefly because they are labelmates and partly because their Brutalities of Modern Domination deserved a little more namedropping than it currently gets. That aside, there are much more well-known reference points; the most hammer-face-smashingly-obvious one being your friend and mine Anthropophagic Cadaver. Having said that, The Murder Industry are much less clever than Gorezone (some people would doubt that band could ever be described as “clever”, but these people are oafs). Death Motivation is proudly devoid of their compositional twists and turns, preferring instead to stab you in the face, not even bothering to so much as lull you into a false sense of security first. Sometimes fast and bludgeoning, sometimes slow and crunking. Always just stabbing you in the face. The album cover’s just a guy with a knife.

That said, it ain’t so bad at all for what it is. Some fresh, heavy grooves can be found here if you give it time. I think it gets much better in its second half. Mutilated Innocence is a corker, with crackling riffs so densely heavy they could crush a hippo, and some deceptively dainty cymbal twinkling from drummer Juanjo. Temple of Torment is also brilliant, especially 3:30 minutes in, when a riff so chunky lumbers its way through the speakers that merely playing it within hearing difference of a horse is enough to send it mad. Yes, a mad horse. Anthropophagic Doctrine is almost techy at times, though certainly not off-puttingly so.

So, righteously heavy, though eminently predictable, this is a worthy but unexceptional brutal death metal debut.

Killing Songs :
Temple of Torment, Mutilated Innocence
Charles quoted 73 / 100
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