Rouwen was one of the very first Dutch death metal bands to come out in the late eighties. Long since being disband, their release Rouwkots is resurfacing to cause more mayhem. This six track album is a re-issue of course, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t slay like it did back then when it was originally released in 1997. Their time was short lived and so was this album, but with its re-issue it is here and back to shred more faces and bury more people in shallow graves.
Rouwen is old school death in the purest of forms. They were raw, gritty, dirty and didn’t mind doing a little hacking and slashing every now and then. This re-release sounds like it did back then when it first came out. It sounds as though it is filled with entrails, bile, and buckets of festering blood. There is a little horror tinge to the music as well that makes you feel as though you are being chased around by a maniac brandishing a machete.
Once thought to be long dead only to be dug up out of a cracked coffin Rouwen see the light of day again. Coming with them bursting up from the rotted coffin in which they were buried is a putrid stench that is undeniable and that seeps into your walls peeling the paint off. Rouwen were unfiltered and raw, just like the raw flesh that zombies like to gnash their disgusting teeth on.
With the six tracks you get a pungent stench of death and decay, and all throughout the release of course you get nothing other than disgusting and rancid death metal. Rouwen never once decided to tamper with the necrotic death metal formula and add a little something else into the mix. With these Dutch death dealers the putrid imagery and filthy music is exactly what you get and you will like it.
Each song is riddled with blood bubbling grime filled riffs supplemented by a thick bass that chops you down at the back of your knees and stomps on your throat for good measure. Shattering skulls and digging graves in the background are the drums that are rhythmically chaotic. Spewing forth from your speakers are the vocals that are just as rancid and foul as the musicianship itself.
There is nowhere to hide from the disgusting onslaught that is Rouwen. They poured blood, bile and chunks of rotted flesh into this album and all of that comes through very strongly all throughout a listen. Rouwkots is a filthy album, and you feel as though you will need a shower after just a few minutes. But just one listen doesn’t do the album justice, as sooner or later you end up reveling in the horror and filth yourself.