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Slam can be hard to enjoy because of the (for many unfortunate) influence of Cephalotripsy, but I think it's a genre that unironically holds some of the most creative releases out there. An example is Jenovavirus, Demo #1, a cult slam release that while possessing stretches of gritty slamming features eerie vocal fry, atmospheric guitars (in contrast to the unrepentant breakdowns of ~Cerebral Incubation), and some of the more alien licks on the diminished scale I've heard. Another name already mentioned is Dripping, which is the genre's Demilich, and although they are mostly known for weird sample abuse they pack some unforgiving riffage on the main course.

There are also mainstay titles like Devourment (a progenitor of slam) and several more eccentric dark horses that can be named (7 H. Target), but I do agree that the majority of slam is repetitive and not engaging beyond some sudden headbanging. The genre is very homogenous and rarely overachieves. On an average day, I would easily say its older brother of brutal death surpasses it in variety and average quality, as well as classic records. However, the extreme "experiment" posed by slam death inspires rare creative bands to work out of its confines and create a summarily more engaging release, surpassing even brutal death titans.


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On 8/30/2013 at 6:29 PM, Symbiontas said:

Hello, brothers and sisters in metal. Today, I would like to ask you, what do you think about Slam Death Metal? For me, it's still unexplored genre, but I enjoyed both Pathology and Abonimale Putridity. So, say what you think!

Slam became the new deathcore for me. As soon as I saw a particular logo or a video from Slam Worldwide I was 95% right in assuming what it was going to sound like. It got predictable and boring really quickly for me. 

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