Jan 112013

Welcome to the lucky 13th part of our list of the year’s most infectious extreme metal songs. Each day (almost) until the list is finished, I’m posting at least two songs that made the cut. For more details about what this list is all about and how it was compiled, read the introductory post via this link. To see the selections that preceded the two I’m announcing today, click here.

We’re getting deeper into death metal territory today. There will be plentiful bludgeoning. Internal organs may be damaged. Massive head trauma may result. But cretinous smiles will be left at the end. Or maybe I should just speak for myself.


If you were looking for pure, unadulterated, unforgiving, horrific death metal in 2012, you couldn’t go wrong with this multinational band’s album, Macabre Kingdom. This second full-length collaboration between Dave Rotten of Avulsed and Rogga Johansson of Sweden was, for me, the 2012 counterpart to the previous year’s debut by Disma, Towards the Megalith: an unstoppable battle tank of metal that  was both catastrophic in its atmospherics and also strangely addictive.

I wrote a notice about the album last April after seeing Juanjo Castellano’s stunning cover art, but I failed to review the album. I was too scared.

I’m not sure I can explain why I found so much of the music on this album infectious. It’s low on conventional melody and high on body count. Although it has been touted as an old-school album, to my mind it also has some things in common with modern-era blackened/death war metal, with sonic destruction and the conveyance of misery its prime objectives.

Still, it has sure as hell exerted a narcotic pull on me. I go back to one song in particular, and I’d be dishonest if I didn’t give it its due on this list.


[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/02-The-Mysteries-Of-The-Worm-Part-I.mp3|titles=Putrevore – The Mysteries of the Worm Part I]


I don’t suppose this band needs an introduction. They released an album in 2012 entitled Reign Supreme. TheMadIsraeli reviewed it for us here. His first sentence was as follows: “Let’s just face it: Dying Fetus are the shit.” He wrote more sentences, but yeah, they are the shit.

I picked a song from that album as the latest addition to this list. Its title is “Subjected To A Beating”. It was one of three songs from the album on my line-up of candidates for this list. It was not an easy choice, but I picked this song because it really brings all the goods.

It has pulverizing riffs. It has a grisly, infectious tremolo melody. It has demented guitar leads and solos. It has corrosive vocal highs and bestial vocal lows. It has fast and furious instrumental work. But mainly, it subjects you to a beating.


[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/02-Subjected-To-A-Beating.mp3|titles=Dying Fetus – Subjected To A Beating]



  1. As an all but daily follower of this blog, I was shocked that I hadn’t heard Putrevore. As old school horror as Hooded Menace sans the doom… love Hooded and all, but this is some wonderfully evil shit.

    • I fell down on the job with Putrevore. This album is so immense that I should have done a lot more to help spread the word about it. Putting them on this list is kind of a way of making amends.

      • Well, you did enough to pique some readers’ attention. I’ve been saying all along that Macabre Kingdom is one of the best death metal albums of the year, but I wouldn’t have heard of it without your little note. You’re right that it’s a really different take on OSDM, which is part of why I love it. I keep thinking of it as a mix of Swedish sensibilities with the speed and brutality of old New York bands. Dismember meets Immolation or Suffocation, if that makes any sense.

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