Death Metal band Massacre was formed in 1984, and was initially active until 1987, and was subsequently active on and off with a number of lineup changes, the current lineup has been playing since 2020. Hailing from Tampa, Florida, they have current and former members who have played in bands such as Death, Obituary, Kreator, Nasty Savage, and Whiplash, to name a few. With this level of pedigree in the band, it is not surprising that their latest album “Resurgence” is a demonstration of merciless, brutal death metal.
The riffs are malevolent and ruthless, which align so well with the deep growling death vocals of Kam Lee. The low growls rip through you in the most disturbing yet commanding way. While the riffs and vocals are furious and barbaric, the tracks still maintain the unmistakable groove that is synonymous with old-school death metal.
“Servants of Discord” is a track that seizes your attention from the beginning, the riffs are infernal, the tempo changes give the track a wicked groove that is matched by the vocal delivery which ebbs and flows with the tempo. “Spawn of the Succubus” is absolutely riotous! This is my standout track, the guitar solo is amazingly chaotic, the vocals bore into you in the most menacing way, it really does stir something indescribably feral within.
Massacre has encapsulated the true Florida death metal origins with this album, it has a raw and barbaric atmosphere, but combines nicely, a dusting of melody within the riffs that provide each track with a distinction from the last. This is a beast of an album, it’s the perfect mixture of more traditional death metal in all its glory combined with glimpses of a more modern era – the tempo changes, the shift from low bowel rattling vocals to screams that send chills down your spine, the guitar melodies and crunching riffs, it all comes together impeccably.
Lastly, if there is one track on this album that truly kicks you square in the gut, it has to be “Return of The Corpse Grinder”, it’s a monster of a track, it’s hellish, the unrelenting feast of savagery from start to finish.
“Resurgence” is definitely one for fans of 80’s Florida death metal, but will also appeal to fans of more modern death metal. Embrace its ferocity!
Release Year: 2021
Reviewed by ForsakenMisery