MetalBite Review by Adam M on 12/3/2011
Bringing a scalpel like precision to the table that recalls the greatest works of Carcass
has been possibly the best band at carrying on the tradition of those former greats in recent times. This brilliantly titled album, "All Guts, No Glory
", is another great addition to the band’s catalogue and carries forth the blueprint of that album in a similar, yet equally satisfying direction.
There is a slightly more punishing, visceral approach to "All Guts, No Glory
" that brings a slight grind element into the band’s sound, but the brutal groove hasn’t died in the slightest. The songs still have the same power as "Anatomy Is Destiny
", with perhaps a small decrease in melody. Songs like 'As Hammer To Anvil' are as good as anything they’ve ever done, but there’s also a great deal of consistency in the overall sound as well. The songs tend to blend together and sound the same, but there are enough bridges and changes in tempo to keep things interesting. Solos are tastefully performed and brought forth in the mix in a delightful manner, much in the way Carcass
used to do in the past. The combination of superior elements the band puts together raises them above slightly less impressive bands like Impaled
that have come along in recent years.
Whether this work is better than the also excellent "Anatomy Is Destiny
" is hard to determine, but this is another quality release from a solid band. Fans of Death Metal that has a well-produced gory aspect, but doesn’t take itself too seriously will find a lot to like here.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.4 out of 10