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MURDER SQUAD - RAVENOUS MURDEROUS - THREEMAN RECORDINGS 2004 reviewed by: Grim Gaijin

Track Listing
1) Ravenous Murderous
2) I Am Eternal
3) Epidermal Massacre
4) Disturbing The Freaks
5) Spunkslut
6) Hellish Blasphemy
7) Shitstorm
8) Born In Sewage
9) Army Of Maggots
10) Masterpiece In Morbidity
11) Homocide
12) Rising From The Ashes
Sometimes, keeping things real and simple are the best route for accomplishing ground-breaking metal. These day's there are so many bands that try to incorporate new styles to expand the Metal realm and in most cases, it doesn't work out. For Murder Squad, old-school style death metal is their calling to bury the hatchet in the senseless amount of new-style, boring, death metal bands on the scene today.

With a back-to-basis approach in sound, song structure, lyrics, and production, Murder Squad's sophomore effort, "Ravenous Murderous", is a death metal album for true fans of death metal new and old. Featuring members of Entombed and Dismember, "Ravenous Murderous" sound like a solid mix between Left Hand Path/Clandestine-era Entombed, Like An Ever Flowing Stream-era Dismember and early Obituary.

If you like your metal blasting at 500 mph, then go listen to Krisiun or Anaal Nathrakh, but if you like thrashing mad mid-paced low-tuned death metal, then Murder Squad will keep your eardrums working overtime with it's ruthless, no-holds-barred metal assault! Songs such as "Disturbing The Freaks", "Army Of Maggots" and "Hellish Blasphemy" will have you breaking out your old metal t-shirts and reliving the gory (sic) days of the rebellious metal attitude.


--Grim Gaijin 11.29.04
About this Writer:
David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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