Where Compassion Comes to Die is the debut album from UK 80s/90s death metal band, Pemphigoid. The album combines the 6 songs from the earlier released demo (read our review here) with 3 new tracks! The album was released on March 2nd 2018.
Opening track Surgery is a thumping slab of old-school death metal and the perfect start to an album that is all about delivering hard-hitting meatiness! Look no further then Necrolatry as a stellar example of just how mean Pemphigoid can be. A nasty head-wound of a track with some venomous riffs & demonic vocals.
For those familiar with the earlier release the next three tracks are new. Infection is a short and grimy atmospheric number that is more about setting up Bite Radius. A track that exudes raw darkness, heavy enough to make your stomach acids churn. While Descent of Man has a bit more energy to it, the pace increased with a flurry of hard riffs and clubbing guttural vocals.
Where Compassion Comes to Die is damn heavy record. The deep drum & bass combo makes tracks like Appetite for Murder & Mechanised Infantry sound like the heaviest things ever!
Potentially the highlight though is the thumping groove of the title track. The perfect way to see out this blood-boiling release, it’s a classic death metal track. Crushing riffs and drums alongside curdling vocals, a brief mid-point tempo change is simply stunning.
Where Compassion Comes to Die is a great step forward for Pemphigoid. If you’ve heard the demo you can hear the progression in the new tracks all while they’ve retained that raw, classic death metal edge.
Pemphigoid – Where Compassion Comes to Die Full Track Listing:
4. Bite Radius
5. Descent of Man
7. Appetite For Murder
8. Mechanised Infantry
9. Where Compassion Comes to Die
Pemphigoid - Where Compassion Comes to Die (Self Released)
- The Final Score - 8.5/108.5/10