01. Viral Motion
02. Urging For Combustibility
03. Stumbling Upon Perversion
04. Menacing Legion
06. Inexplicable Dimensional Phasing
09. Reflex Arc Entanglement
10. Perilous Onset
11. Carnal Emphasis
13. Psychological Evaluation
14. Calculating Transitions
15. Excretion Overdose
2007 Comatose Music
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.