STENCH - IN PUTRESCENCE - AGONIA
First things first. The cover artwork for the disc is ugly and unappealing and not in a grim or morbid manner. The logo is placed lower than the album’s title, which could easily confuse as to which is what.
In Putrescence is a death metal album by Stench, a band featuring two Tribulation members. The fact that the group is Swedish is easy to hear, as is the certainty of the group’s allegiance to the old-school sound of Stockholm. Shades of old Crematory (the metal one), Entombed and Treblinka come through. Yet, the easiest and most accurate comparison is to early Necrophobic. In Putrescence reeks of The Nocturnal Silence, an album that was issued in 1993. The sound, patterns and guitar tones are similar as is Micke’s vocals to those of Anders Strokirk. Even the same type of vocal echoes is used. Even the song titles aren’t far off. Old Necrophobic cultists would love this band.
The songs veer from dirty and slow to fast and blasting with both styles typically co-existing in one track. The music is consistently raw and features a nicely distorted guitar that sets Stench a step above most.
The band needs a little more identity, better artwork and more genuine guitar solos, but as things stand Stench is a serious death metal band with a fidelity fans can only admire. - Ali “The Metallian”