Instantly upon gazing at the awesome retro feeling, Repka-looking album art by Dan “Babe Ruth” Goldworthy, I was instantly transported back in time to the death metal heyday of the nineties. Back in those dark days before the internet, we heavily relied on album art alone as we foraged through record bins hoping to discover new brutal artists to add to our ever-growing extreme metal libraries.
Inhuman Condition’s sophomore follow-up to their incredible 2020 debut, Rat God, has everything you ever want in an old-school death metal album. Fearsick (Listenable Insanity) is stacked and packed with killer headbang-worthy riffs that are expertly performed along with some classic-sounding death metal vocals. The drumming has the perfect hard-hitting galloping style that expertly ties everything together.
It is unapologetically brutal old-school death metal. This should not come as a surprise considering Inhuman Condition’s incredible lineup of death metal veterans. Jeramie Kling (drums, vocals – Venom Inc) Taylor Nordburg (guitars – Deicide) and the immortal legend, Terry Butler (bass – Do I really need to name all of the awesome bands he has been a part of?!).
Tracks like ‘Fencewalker’ and the incredible banger ‘I Am the Monster’ are made to listen on repeat. Listening to songs like these will take you back in time faster than a DeLorean traveling at 88 miles per hour and make you remember why you fell in love with extreme metal in the first place. It won’t be long until you see tons of patrons at your next death metal show proudly sporting an Inhuman Condition t-shirt.
Fearsick is an incredible album that leaves the audience wanting more, and it already on my short list for my album of the year.
9 / 10