Label: Hellthrasher Productions
Release Date: April 26, 2012
Escarnium opens up their first full length album since becoming a band in 2008 with a rather devastating slice of terrorizing death metal, Excruciating Existence. Escarnium main man, Victor Ellian, serves as vocalist and guitarist along fellow axeman, Eucini Santy. The pounding and viciously wicked rhythm section is comprised of bassist, Vitor Giovanni, and drummer, Nestor Carrera. This Brazilian band’s masterful, almost clinical exposition of traditional death metal is put out on the Polish metal label, Hellthrasher Productions. There is something enigmatic about Poland and Brazil when it comes to a rich culture of metal. And Escarnium wears their merit badge proudly on this album that is a narrative of an existence that metes out a variety of pains and agonies that defy description.
Excruciating Existence opens up with “731”, a likely reference to the Japanese version of Joseph Mengele during World War II. Unit 731 was a covert chemical and biological department of the Imperial Japanese Army that carried out deadly human experiments. It kicks off with an ominous audio sample deploring, then it kicks into a trudging death metal riff that cuts right through any viscera in its way and a vocal attack that makes no apologies for its guttural spewing. It’s a great meaty track that may bring to mind the works of early Hypocrisy. The album then moves into another era-themed track, “Salvation through Zyklon-B”. It’s equally as thick in sound and packs a consistent punch all the way through the song. The bass drops in the bridge are just sick notwithstanding the nonchalant manner in which they are played.
We move into the title track, “Excruciating Existence”. It is one of the more standout tracks on the album, given its multiple ramping up segments in the song on several measures. Another note to pass along is how well these guys create the sound so well from early death metal bands but it doesn’t sound dated in the least. The remaining songs on the album are all equally potent in their delivery, and deserve a hearty dose of listening. The guitars throughout this disc are unrepentant and move forward through the carrion with no regard for what lays in their path. The vocals are a bloody grow, wet with a little more potent venom than your average saliva. The bass lurches forward, viscous and flowing, yet firmly cutting a path for the drums to pound the listener into dust.
There are several bands that echo and duplicate what has been done before for decades. However, Escarnium melt it down and smelt it into their own mold, and shatter it afterward. This was not created to be duplicated. It was created to be, period. You should get yourself over to Hellthrasher Productions website and order this. Right now!