Limbsplitter has been around since 2011 having released a demo in 2013 and now four years later they release their first full length record titled Chloroform Cocktail. Limbsplitter of course revels in gore, the sick and the twisted as well as the nauseating, and with Chloroform Cocktail they bring all of that and more to the operating table. This release is shocking, disgusting and purely putrid and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Through eight tracks, Limbsplitter provides you with nothing but skull bursting and bowel boiling brutal death metal for you to revel in and snap your neck to.
After a brief monologue about a guy screwing a girl until she nearly dies, Limbsplitter gets right in to the thick of things as they blast away with machine gun drumming, slashing riffs and throat shredding vocals. The pace and the tone that they set with the first track holds up throughout the rest of the record. After the monologue at the beginning of the first track Bound for Defilement, Limbsplitter holds a brain bashing and sonic tempo for the rest of the record never letting up for even a minute. Chloroform Cocktail is a suffocating release that hardly gives you any time at all to catch your breath as they move from one track to the next providing you with entrail ripping tunes after entrail ripping tunes.
From the very beginning Limbsplitter mashes the pedal through the floor and the buzzsaw through your skull. They seem to take a nonsensical approach to their music as they come at you knives branded paired with plenty of acid to dissolve anyone they need to. Chloroform Cocktail is an emulsifying and brain mashing listen, one that hits you hard and repeatedly hits you with a lead pipe until you are no more. Each track is an oppressive and ghastly listen that bulldozes straight through you leaving you to the vermin.
The musicianship on this release is tight and technical and the vocals are spot on as they rip and tear at your ear drums just as much as the blasting drums and ripping riffs do. With the combination of some elements of grind and certain elements of thrash, you are gifted with one chaotic and life threatening listen that you will not soon forget. Chloroform Cocktail is an unrelenting, gruesome and flesh gnashing release that grabs your attention immediately and keeps it all throughout this hellacious record. There doesn’t seem to be a way to listen to this record and come out of it in one piece as Limbsplitter hack away at your flesh and chip away at your bones from beginning to end.
This is an intense listen to say the least, but an enjoyable one nonetheless. From front to back you are provided with some delicious death metal to crank your neck to and piss your neighbors off with. Chloroform Cocktail is an all around solid and well constructed record that is sure to get right under your skin and imprint itself in your mind for quite some time.