Band Line Up
2. Conjuring Enormity
3. Direct Demonic Influence
4. Infinite Torture
5. Post Mortal Possession
6. Mutiliated Apparition
7. Gutting The Orb
8. Beyond Death
If you like your Death Metal brutal and technical then Marasmus will surely appeal to you. The Kansas City killers return with “Conjuring Enormity”, their second album. It seems that their mission is to lay waste to your eardrums and liquify your brains.
The proceedings are ushered in with “Deadspeak”, a lurid, Excorcist style intro. It is malevolent and skin crawlingly creepy. The album begins proper with the crushing title track. It lurches from warp speed to ludicrous speed, all the while dripping with volcanic fury. The down-tuned guitars are positively monstrous. It is an exhilarating way to begin an album.
Next up is “Direct Demonic Influence”, which is rancid, rancorous, raging and relentless. “Infinite Torture” initially slows things down with some eerie riffing in its intro before launching another volley of acid drenched Death Metal frenzy. From here the albums quality dips a little. “Post Mortal Possession” is directionless and a little derivative, and “Gutting The Orb” borders on boring. However, the high standard is restored with “Mutilated Apparition”, a fetid, strangulated blast-o-rama, a focussed black flame of a track. The album is concluded with “Beyond Death”, packed with dizzying velocity and many deft time changes. It is a pleasing headbanger, and my pick for the albums stand-out cut.
As stated the albums guitar sound is monstrous, but the drums are immensely tinny, almost to a migraine inducing degree. The riffing is just the right side to technical, but overall the songs are lacking in light and shade. The whole album is just relentlessly brutal, albeit competent and well performed. After a while the tracks seem to bleed into each other. A partial triumph.