WITHERED EARTH - OF WHICH THEY BLEED - OLYMPIC/CENTURY MEDIA
The album kicks off with a strong growl. From there it's on to an orgy of guttural brutality the likes of which man has rarely seen. Withered Earth may have been around, under one name or another, for most of the '90s, but these Rochester four can take on any band out there and beat it in the heaviness sweepstakes. Given its age, Withered Earth has a sound mostly its own. For reference purposes, the death metallers can be compared to Disgorge, Illdisposed, early Kataklysm and Iniquity. The guitarist likes to tune his instrument low to the point where the mechanical sound approaches that of breaking metal objects. The vocalist is one of the more depraved maniacs anywhere and the rhythm is solid and tight. It is too bad that they do not launch into solos often; the ones present show a knack for ripping execution. Play tips: The Imperial Tribulation and Caverns Of The Mind. No keyboards, no vocal harmonies, no sell-out, no excuses, that's life on Withered Earth. - Ali "The Metallian"