Review: SewercideImmortalized In Suffering.

Death metal, done dirt cheap.


There’s a fucking good reason you’ve seen the name Sewercide pop up a handful of times on this very blog in the last year or so, and in case you’re one of the willfully ignorant, I’m going to chastise you through the only means available to me… writing about them again! I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get you obstinate scumlords to listen to this excellent Australian band’s debut full-length.

The title of album opener “For Those About To Rot” might seem to imply a comical introduction to the release, but rest assured, this is no cheese-festival. That is unless you call the blend of aggressive riffage and pulverising drumming “cheese”, and for some reason classify the venomous vocals as rennet. I don’t know why you would do that, but if you insist…whatever, actual cheese is fucking awesome anyway. One of the first things I noticed about this release is that bassist/vocalist Tobi’s vocals have been further honed and now rival the music as the most outright destructive element of the band’s sound. While they may not be as blatantly maniacal as those heard on say Reptilian‘s Perennial Void Traverse, they are certainly treading down that same path in following legends Martin van Drunen and Chris Reifert, especially in terms of range and delivery.


The early 90’s DM style is a prevailing theme throughout the record. For example, second track “A Dying Dream” has a short Schuldiner-esque harmony that will certainly please even the most devout Death-worshippers. These sort of skillfully integrated homages are consistently cropping-up but don’t ever feel shoe-horned into place. Moreover, much like a mongrel blue heeler, Sewercide have taken what was spewed out before them, waited until a nice crust formed, lapped it up and vomited the resultant filth-stew back into the faces of a whole new generation of the depraved. Pre-release single “Snares Of Carnality” is more infectious than any biological agent your government’s military industrial complex has ever spawned, and the sadistic “Acrimoniously Disharmonized” has greater bloodlust than a psychopathic butcher bereft of meat to cleave. There is virtually no relent to be had here as the band shred, gallop, squeal, clunk, chunk and burn their way through 9 tracks of malignant death fucken’ metal. Almost all of the songs are between 3:40 and 5:00 in length, but don’t lose any ferocity whatsoever. The same can be said of the album in a holistic sense, as I found the tracks in the guts (in particular “Pierced With Sentient Trepidity” and “Megalithic Tomb” – TovH exclusive stream below) to be some of the highest quality morsels on offer.

Throughout the album, fans of their previous work will notice the band have lost a little of the thrash found on their EP. However, this is made up for six-hundred and sixty-six fold by their increase in deathyness (yes, that’s a measurable parameter). The riffing has gained a substantial amount of weight. Not through fat though, rather pure lean muscle mass. The wretch remains lithe but is now even more dangerous. A great deal of the acclaim for this excellent balance of agility and heft can be attributed to the guitarists. To their repertoire, these Aussie battlers have added a variety of deranged-sounding artificial harmonics and the sort of angular runs that recall the synapse-tweaking spasmodic bursts of early Gorguts (see “Inifinifixion”). Album closer “Eternal (In Spirit)” is a primal outburst of hostility that manages to show the band’s astute skill in song-crafting while still remaining innately visceral. With a run-time of just over 36 minutes, the album does not outstay its welcome, and even if it did, you’d be too shell-shocked to tell it so. As much as Immortalized In Suffering is a barrage of completely unstoppable force, Sewercide mix it up creatively. This is achieved by adding horror with some interesting touches, such as the creepily off-putting outro to second track “A Dying Dream” with its sordid clean tone and deliberately out of pitch notes, and the aptly titled intermission “Interlude In Agony”, which is as sinister as Tom Cruises’ vampiric smile (and no, I mean his actual smile, not that time he played some fake-arse Dracula).


The music isn’t the only part of this album redolent of the golden-era of OSDM. The insane album cover was created by Turkka Rantanen, who has produced art for such revered acts as: Demigod, Adramelech, Archgoat and Demilich. Also, with a $10 price tag for the CD or $6 for digital, the release seems to have all the benefits of the 1990’s without giving you an achy-breaky-wallet. If you like death metal in any shape or form, I suggest ripping the scabs off a few tinnies (read: “Drink some beers”) and cranking the fuck out of this bloody vicious beast of a thing. Even through all the killer death metal we’ve had already this year, I’ve been listening to this one flat-out like a lizard drinking, it’s that damn good!

4/5 Flaming Toilets ov Hell.


Pick up Immortalized In Suffering through Unspeakable Axe Records (interview) from June 13th.
Also become a ridgey-didge true-blue bloody legend by going out and supporting these fair dinkum cobbers on their inaugural US tour through June & July (Dates here). Although, I’d recommend keeping up to date with their itinerary through their often hilarious friendface page.

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  • Lacertilian

    The remainder of those tour dates are here for those who think avoiding facebook/google/illuminati while wearing a tin-foil hat will somehow render them invisible to the all-seeing eye of whatever quasi-Lovecraftian being they suffer incomprehensible forms of oppression from:

    June 9 – Loosey’s – Downtown, Gainsville, FL

    June 10 – American Legion Post 111 Lounge, Tampa, FL

    June 13 – 529 Eav, Atlanta, GA

    June 14 – Best Friend Bar, Lexington, KY

    June 17 – The Side Bar, Baltimore, MD

    June 18 – Second Empire, Philadelphia, PA

    June 20 – Brooklyn, NY

    June 21 – TBA

    June 22 – TBA

    June 23 – Ralph’s Rock Diner, Worcster, MA

    June 24 – The Lair, Buffalo, NY

    June 25 – Monty’s Krown, Rochester, NY

    June 26 – Cleveland, OH

    June 27 – Howlers Coyote Café, Pittsburgh, PA

    June 28 – New Dodge Lounge, Detroit, MI

    June 29 – Minneapolis, MN

    June 30 – Colorado Springs, CO

    July 1 – Day of Decay at Rhinoceropolis, Denver, CO

    July 6 – Oakland, CA

    July 7 – Oakland, CA

    July 8 – Ashland, OR

    July 9 – Third Street Pub, Bend, OR

    July 10 – Panic Room, Portland, OR

    July 11 – Seattle, WA

    • Vault Dweller

      They in Florida while I’m in New England, and they gonna be in New England while I’m in Florida.

    • Owlswald

      More of this along with reviews please (when available).

    • oooooooh man, one of those “TBA” dates had better be Poughkeepsie! m/

      • Abradolf Lincler

        JJD will be working.

        • he’ll probably travel to Ralph’s Rock Diner (that sounds like a place he’d enjoy?)

          • more beer

            Worcester is a bigger shithole than Poughkeepsie. I’ve been to both places.

      • Lacertilian

        I’m sure The Flying Burrito Brothers will be playing their seminal classic “Gentle Rocking” in full with their classic 4th generation lineup that same night though.

        • guys i can’t decide which show to attend on September Xth: Trans-Siberian Orchestra or Wormrot.

          • Lacertilian

            That’s the same gig, Wormrot are opening.

    • more beer

      I was already going to The July 1 show to see Undergang. This just makes that better.

    • more beer

      Saw these guys tonight. They kicked some serious ass.

  • Dubs

    This review is top men. Good year for death metal so far.

  • Elegant Gazing Globe


  • Leif Bearikson

    Have you ever noticed Tom Cruise’s middle tooth? You will now.

    Very stoked for this one. Preordered it last night.

  • Man, all these Old-School sounding Death Metal releases are so good this year!

    Thanks for this wonderful rec, Lizard. May the Tomás Cruz teeth be with you.

  • Considering how slow this year started off, shit is getting real good.

  • Abradolf Lincler

    “ripping the scabs off a few tinnies” is an idiom i dont think will ever catch on in the States

  • Tronc McBeefyBeardloaf

    Subtle, yet sophisticated ^^^^^^^. And loving the straight up, meat and potatoes approach to OSDM.

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    Yea, but does it power metal?

    • Waynecro

      Fun fact: There’s a Japanese power-metal band called Satanic A La Mode.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    For Those About To Rot, eh?

  • i love what i’ve heard so far, and now am just waiting for Bandcamp to release the whole dern thing. what a well written review (once again) Mr. Lizardbro.

    here is another prime example of the cycle of trends/fads/what-have-you. there was a time when music just ROCKED (h/t Gorak). then bands started changing and tinkering and becoming all overtly complicated and cray-cray. now we’re getting lots of quality, REGULAR death metal and folks are eating it up!

  • Waynecro

    Excellent review, lizardbro. “The riffing has gained a substantial amount of weight. Not through fat though, rather pure lean muscle mass.” I’m totally picking up what you’re putting down.

  • sweetooth0

    “ripping the scabs off tinnies”. I’m gonna use that now.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Sick review LizardKing! Probably getting this this weekend.

    Also, Weird Al! Haha!

  • Dagon

    This is going to be a great soundtrack for some of my upcoming work. Hmmm….


  • “actual cheese is fucking awesome anyway”
    I like the way you think.