Review by Alex Grindor on April 26, 2023.
If the logo doesn't make it obvious, then the sound will; Vomitheist is a relatively new project that absorbs the best from classic death metal as a whole, while retaining a characteristic groove known in the Swedish brand of the style. The most obvious comparison would be the seminal "Left Hand Path" by Entombed, but put through a slightly more modern production without losing the Swiss approach to guitar tone.
Music wise, this record is an absolute banger. A constant groovy headbanger that delivers brutality in many twists and turns. Drums rarely play at inhuman speeds, preferring a more classic, old-school approach in its delivery. Guitars are absolutely beautiful. The HM-2 tone is crisp, yet rusty like a partially repaired chainsaw. The riffs oscillate between groovy and brutal, while sprinkling a few solos here and there. Bass is perceptible and its weight felt throughout the record. Vocals are well executed as well, and honor the name of the band by resembling someone vomiting their entrails as they deliver the lyrics, drenched in gore and death.
Production wise, the record sounds like a more modern "Left Hand Path" as previously stated, yet this doesn't mean the band lacks originality. It is a great way to pay tribute to the bands of old. Entombed, Autopsy and many others influences can be heard all over the tracks and the production strives to blend everything perfectly. The guitars, however, are the highest point of the album and the glorious tone achieved is a wonder to listen to. The only issue I have is that there are moments where the tracks drag more than they should, with album closer 'Carnivorous Cult' overstaying its welcome for nearly half of its runtime.
Overall, I find this to be an enjoyable record packed with plenty of good riffs, great drumwork and grotesque vocals. For a debut, it is a great work and I hope that Vomitheist continues to deliver this level of quality work in the future, minus the unnecessary drag of some tunes as previously mentioned. If you like Autopsy, Bloodbath, Entombed and similar artists, then this is a recommended listen.
Rating: 8.5 out of 101.03k