Old school death metal is a genre that has impacted pretty much every aspect of modern extreme metal. One of those old school bands is Broken Hope, who released their brand new album “Mutilated and Assimilated” earlier this year. This album feels like a callback to everything that makes death metal great. “The Meek Shall Inherent Shit” opens this album up, and does so with a dark feel. The solo on this track is good, and the lead throughout the whole track is very solid. “The Bunker” opens with a sample of a firefight, before going into a heavier, and more in your face track than the previous one, and has some really nice riffs. The title track, “Mutilated and Assimilated” has a nice bass opening, before launching into a slow and heavy riff. This song features some top notch writing, and is different enough to stand out. The next song, “Outback Incest Clan” has a very fast opening, and a very tech inspired riff. “Malicious Meathole” is paced nicely, and has a heavier first half before getting a bit soft about halfway through. “Blast Frozen” is the follow up, and is a very heavy and fast track. Next up is “The Necropants”, and this track is another standout, with a slightly melodic opening, some nice writing and interesting pacing variations, this song has a very unique feeling.
“The Carrion Eaters” is another very fast and heavy song, however, it has a nice change to a softer tone partway through. “Russian Sleep Experiment” is a another fast one, but this time it allows the lead guitar to really just take over, and feels different from the rest of the fast paced tracks on this album. A soft opening begins “Hell’s Handpuppets” before launching into a nice early solo, and has some really nice riffs. “Beneath Antarctic Ice” is next, and is just a prelude to the final song, which is actually a tribute to the band’s debut. “Swamped-In Gorehog” ends this album with some nice riffs, solid writing, and a very old school vibe, which helps its role as a tribute to “Swamped in Gore”. This album is old school in all the right ways. While it does get repetitive sometimes, this is a well-written album that shows off many of the positives of death metal.
Overall Score: 8.0/10
Review by Sam Hookom