PUNGENT STENCH – Ampeauty (CD)
As brutally twisted and perverted was Pungent Stench in their earlier days, “Ampeauty” is going for more of a wide spread extreme metal appeal while still keeping their heaviness intact.
However, lyrically, the band has kept their perverted yet somewhat humorous lyrics present here, and “Ampeauty” just reeks of dirty groove and lyrical bastardization of the many types of amputation. The music is heavy, groove-laden at times, with some catchy rock & roll hooks that adds more spice to the open wounds. The catchy bass riff on “Apotemnophiliac” is so fucking heavy and power driven, it’s sure to make you bang your head until it falls off. The accompanying drumming to the killer rhythms here makes this song one hell of a listening experience – it’s pure emotional torture at its finest.
A lot of Pungent Stench’s heavier moments here go over quite well with their profane lyrics about amputation, human perversity and abnormal behavior patterns within a twisted mindset.
Listening to this ten tracker was almost like watching a horror flick at its sickest moments, with no end in sight to the maximum horror of carnage featured here.
Another fine moment here, was in the form of “No Guts, No Gory”, with its catchy choral arrangements and melancholic, doom, death-like march style.
This nicely package reissue comes in a killer Digipac packaging with a nice booklet, lyrics and some heinous ampeauty photos too sick for the weak minded individual to stomach. Metal Mind Productions has reissued this in 2000 numerated copies, so collectors of rare materials and CDs, check it out. Unfortunately, there were no bonus cuts featured on this, limited edition reissue, but it still smokes! [Metal Mind Production] Sarjoo Devani