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Corpulate Boundless Expansion


01. Viral Motion 02. Urging For Combustibility 03. Stumbling Upon Perversion 04. Menacing Legion 05. Affliction 06. Inexplicable Dimensional Phasing 07. Satisfaction 08. Non-Productive 09. Reflex Arc Entanglement 10. Perilous Onset 11. Carnal Emphasis 12. Celestial 13. Psychological Evaluation 14. Calculating Transitions 15. Excretion Overdose
2007 Comatose Music
Our score 6

10/1/2007

Good avant garde grind isn't easy to find these days, but Cleveland, Ohio's Corpulate do well on their debut for Comatose Music, "Boundless Expansion." Featuring fifteen tracks that run the gamut of grind, death metal, electronic experimentation and everything in between, Corpulate accomplish a lot with a primary offense of manic guitars, deranged jazz drumming and sickening vocals. Though their work has its fair share of weak spots and thinning presence (especially when examined piece by piece instead of as a whole), the madness on this record is something truly wonderful to behold. Most songs tend not to last more than a minute or two, careening between soul searing six-string work and a trap kit exorcism, all while being presided over by hell-spawned regurgitations of the throat. This musical warpath's most awe-inspiring victories occur with "Urging For Combustibility," "Inexplicable Dimensional Phasing," "Perilous Onset," "Celestial" and "Calculating Transitions," though as stated previously, this CD is most effective when allowed to envelope one from to start to finish. Many of the songs meld together and sound quite a bit alike, normally something I can't stand, but it works here for some reason. The same goes for the lyrics, which interlock well, touching upon themes of time, space, identity, bliss and devastation all with a hefty dose of off-kilter word choice and arrangement. Production wise, "Boundless Expansion" is uneven but well-suited for such sonic dissonance. With music this full, the hollow treatment robs it of its power but doesn't do much to diminish the force Corpulate unleash in spades. Tony Koehl has been a favorite artist of mine for a while and though his artwork here is limited and simplistic compared to other pieces, it parallels the music. Bottom Line: Corpulate generally stays within the confines of grind and death metal, which should satisfy purists, but it's their brief flashes of frenetic divergence and cranium crushing power that have me looking forward to future releases.

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theorgan_ 10/1/2007 9:43:05 PM

weak review


torpor_ 10/1/2007 10:12:11 PM

...careening between soul searing six-string work and a trap kit exorcism, all while being presided over by hell-spawned regurgitations of the throat. This musical warpath's most awe-inspiring victories occur with... What the f*ck is this, an album review or a high school english metaphor lesson?


_atab_joey_bishop__ 10/2/2007 2:58:23 PM

FIRD COMMEND!


anonymous 10/2/2007 3:43:23 PM

what a shitty ass review. f*ck this.


blackhills_ 10/2/2007 7:21:00 PM

only true gays use the phrase "avant garde". therefore, you are a true gay.


CARRION_ 10/3/2007 3:08:15 AM

what a stupid f*cking review.


analsexterror_ 10/3/2007 3:45:48 AM

this cd is sick as f*ck, maybe kirby should stick with reviewing hardcore cds if he has no taste for death metal..... gay review


aopfksdgd_ 10/3/2007 3:56:14 AM

"avant garde grind" sck a dck man


Joshua Hollywood_ 10/3/2007 3:18:54 PM

my best friend worked in a pizza shop with 3/4ths of this band last year. good dudes, solid band. not really my cup of tea, but good for what it is.


nate_ 10/12/2007 11:24:49 AM

horrible, horrible quality. can't even stand it


jasper_ 11/3/2007 10:25:46 PM

i wouldn't call this avant garde. this review is terrible


Tonyis1337_ 1/19/2008 9:47:01 PM

Shitty review, good band and CD.