Mutilated and Assimilated
Too fast, too furious
dB rating: 8/10
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Label: Century Media
There is a point midway through the opening song on Broken Hope’s new album, Mutilated and Assimilated, where you go: My God, I think they’ve got it. The last time this bravado surfaced in the band’s recorded career was Loathing, until this point their best effort. But Mutilated and Assimilated is so much more: the work of a band that is confident enough in their songs and their ability to drop the hammer that they let nothing get in the way. It is death metal wonderfully devoid of artifice and filler, packed with songs that drive to a finish without stopping for one second and never engage in useless pleasantries. Like Deicide’s Legion and Cannibal Corpse’s Bloodthirst it is stripped bare of everything except an inexorable drive to move forward, the singular vision of a broken-down Terminator hell-bent on eliminating a target.
Part of this success might be a lineup that has finally gelled with longtime songwriter and guitarist Jeremy Wagner. Drummer Mike Miczek, who joined Broken Hope barely out of his teens, has developed into an absolute beast of a player. Damian Leski is an unappreciated gem, his vocals hinting at a Corpsegrinder ferocity. And it sounds as though guitarist Matt Szlachta and bassist Diego Soria have been shedding with the band from the beginning, even if they are recent additions. One positive throwback: Horror buff Wagner is back to his old tricks with song titles like “Malicious Meatholes,” which sounds like some black market Ukrainian porno shot in a slaughterhouse.
Omen of Disease was by no means a bad album. But this record is the work of a band brimming with swagger and smart enough to only keep the music that matters. Broken Hope have finally assimilated the pieces needed to do their best work.
— Justin M. Norton
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