MASACHIST - Death March Fury

Masachist - Death March Fury

11 songs
32:27 minutes
***** **
Witching Hour


If you want your death metal ever more extreme, you have to look no further. Polish quintet Masachist are probably one of the sickest representatives of the genre. It’s no secret that Poland has always been a rich source of death metal bands, with Vader and Decapitated the two most popular ones internationally. The latter’s former vocalist has been recruited by Masachist, so that you can be sure that there is nothing to complain about in the vocal department.

But the musicians also are incredibly adept, playing the songs with such a fast pace that hardly anyone surpasses the three minute border. Three of them are not even two minutes long. Only the six minute Appearance Of The Worm allows for some respite, although this shouldn’t mean that this mid-tempo track isn’t brutal. The good production in combination with the precise playing guarantees a maximum listening experience, not unlike the Florida school of death metal, even though Masachist are acting even more wickedly. Metal researchers might be interested to learn that Immolation’s Ross Dolan has lent his vocal abilities on Open The Wounds, but let’s face it: apart from diehard death metal fans, I can’t think of anyone able to distinguish two growling vocalists.

The regular album consists only of nine songs, with the concluding two minute title track working as an outro. The CD concludes with the two songs (Malicious Cleansing and Open The Wounds) from their 2007 promo release, which can be found earlier in better recorded version. This leaves us with a short twenty-four minutes of actual music. Of course, such a demanding performance can’t be consumed for much longer, but still one feels a little cheated by the album’s short length. Maybe the band should have added another longer sluggish piece, on the one hand to increase the CD’s dynamic impact and on the other one to get the album above half an hour.

There is no denying that Death March Fury is a superbly impressive debut, but fans have to decide for themselves if they are willing to pay the full album price for a record not much longer than a mere EP.

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