Even though Sweden's REGURGITATE are deeply rooted in the Grindcore genre (which is not necessarily my favorite type of music), I've always been curious what these guys musically might be up to... The reason is plain and simple - throughout the years their line-up already featured three former members of the legendary Swedish Death Metal act CREMATORY, which I still worship a lot! But it obviously took me quite some time, as a whole bunch of REGURGITATE releases saw the light of day before this newest full length already: their debut demo (which dates back to 1991), followed by a big bunch of split 7"es (with VAGINAL MASSAKER, PSYCHOTIC NOISE, GRUDGE, INTESTINAL INFECTION, FILTH, GORE BEYOND NECROPSY, REALIZED and CRIPPLE BASTARDS), a split CD (with DEAD), two albums - one entitled "Effortless Regurgitation Of Bright Red Blood" (which got re-released in 1999 on Relapse as "Effortless Regurgitation... The Torture Sessions" featuring the entire 17 track "Concrete Human Torture" demo from 1994 as well as the material from the PSYCHOTIC NOISE and GRUDGE split 7"es as bonus!) and another one called "Carnivorous Erection" (in 2000)... Their new album "Hatefilled Vengeance" originally came out as a vinyl 12" on Putrid Filth Conspiracy / M & M Records earlier this year and is now also available on CD format via Relapse. The disc features 18 tracks of sick, intense old school Grindcore, which (despite the shortness of the songs - most of them are unfortunately beyond the one minute mark!) really knew to impress me. The vocals are partly a bit too monotonous for my taste, but the riffing often brings back the good old days of the extreme underground when the Swedish Death Metal underground scene was still the most exciting of the world (with bands like NIHILIST, CARNAGE, CREMATORY, GROTESQUE etc.) and demos by MASTER, TERRORIZER and REPULSION ruled the tapetrading lists... The first ten songs should already be familiar to die hard REGURGITATE fans, as they originally appeared on the "Effortless Regurgitation..." album. They were re-recorded for this release. So, all in all this album is definitely not as annoying as I expected it to be and the band therefore highly recommended to all those of you who nowaydays often tend to miss the uncompromising attitude of the originators of our beloved underground scene.
- REGURGITATE - Sickening Bliss - by Jeroni Sancho