If neither the artwork nor name of this mini-album give it away, then a cursory glance at the four song titles should tell you most of what you need to know about the sort of Death Metal being vomited forth by Cryptworm: ‘Festering Maggot Infestation’, ‘Reeking Gunk Of Abhorrence’, ‘Self-Dismemberment’ and ‘Cesspool Of Perpetual Decay’. Yes, it’s time for some putrid, malignant filth from the seething sewers of the ugly UK underground.
Very much in the vein of Denmark’s dirtiest secret, Undergang, Cryptworm work their way contemptuously through 20 minutes of sick and disgusting, swampy Death Metal with gurgled, slit-throat vocals, razor-sharp riffs and relentless blunt-object drumming, leaving a taste in your mouth and a stench in your nostrils that will linger long after the last rancid note has seeped like a wet fart through the speakers.
As regurgitated gunk goes, keeping alive the festered spirit of ancient Carcass and Autopsy, this foul, rotten record is truly exceptional. But I’d love to hear a full LP’s worth of material from the repulsive duo as a third of an hour isn’t quite enough to get your plaque-encrusted teeth into. Having said that, ‘Reeking Gunk of Abhorrence’ is definitely a release where quality trumps quantity. And there’s always the option of listening to it twice back to back each time you whip it out.