"Soul Surgery" (Cudgel; 2005)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

It's been a long time since a really good, traditional death metal album has crossed my desk. Along comes Germany-based Maledictive Pigs with their latest effort "Soul Surgery." Just the band name and album title are enough to let the listener get a good idea of what's in store.

"Soul Surgery" is a straight-forward, ultra-aggressive, relentless death metal barrage. As the death metal wall of sound cascades from your speakers you'll appreciate the occasional inclusion of brief groove-laden parts that make the band's overall heaviness seem all the more impressive.

I wasn't too surprised that Maledictive Pigs are underground legends I don't exactly keep up with the death metal underground. But it's easy to see with the quality and consistency of "Soul Surgery" why Maledictive Pigs have been appreciated all these years despite their sporadic output.

Maledictive Pigs cover the Ulcerous Phlegm track "Consequence" as a hidden track; an old-school death metal band covering an original death metal band you gotta love the way these guys pay homage to the originators.

Maledictive Pigs and "Soul Surgery" are for those of you who like their death metal with an emphasis on brutality. The multimedia portion of the disc is a nice added bonus.

"Soul Surgery" was produced by Maledictive Pigs.

Maledictive Pigs are Henry Grothe on vocals, Andreas Marsch and Jan Neumann on guitars, Ronny Andrich on bass, and Daniel Andrich on drums.

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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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