LIVIDITY


"Used, Abused, and Left for Dead" (Epitomite; 2006)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

I’ve often heard Lividity described as porno-grind. However, I think the band prefers the description of their sound to be torture-grind – which is all fine and good until you consider that the band doesn’t exactly shy away from the porno-grind label either.

Lividity is one of the first bands I’d encountered in the grind genre; I probably first heard about Lividity while perusing fanzines and random conversations I’d had with other metalheads during the New Jersey Metal Fest way back in the day. “Used, Abused, and Left for Dead” is another release in the band’s catalog that is striking consistent from the visuals (artwork, album titles, and song topics).

Lividity’s songs on “Used, Abused and Left for Dead” are built on traditional death metal and brutal death metal rather than just relying on the sheer speed associated with typical grind bands. But, since Lividity are utilizing the death/grind approach with the pornographic approach, it doesn’t strike me as odd that Lividity are considered one of the best bands in this particular niche brand of grind.

The vocals are utterly guttural – which means they’re a perfect fit for the musical style and lyrical approach. As usual with the grind genres I have neither the time nor the inclination to decipher the lyrics – however, the song-titles are usually descriptive enough. “Raped for Rent,” “No Time for Lube” and “Phallic Beat Down” are three examples from the disc that should give you a good idea of the subject matter at hand.

The “two and a half” guitarsaw rating reflects my personal views of the genre rather than any grand statement of the quality of “Used, Abused, and Left for Dead” relatively speaking.

“Used, Abused, and Left For Dead” was produced by Lividity.

Lividity: Von Young on vocals and guitar, Dave Kibler on guitar and backing vocals, Chris Campbell on bass, and Jordan Varela on drums.

For more information visit http://www.lividity.info.


Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

 


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