Mix the over-the-top sounds of Pig Destroyer, Brutal Truth, and Ministry in an industrial strength-sized blender, and you'd come up with Plague Bringer. Few bands on the scene during the early 21st century can match the intensity of Plague Bringer, and the proof can be heard throughout their 2008 release, Life Songs in a Land of Death. And while some of the songs sound like a gang of mad gorillas beating on a trash can pretty much from beginning to end ("The Severed Breath," "Do No Harm," etc.), there are other points where Plague Bringer goes the Tool route and throw in a surprise detour (such as on the otherwise breakneck "Focused Regression"). And then just when you think you may have the Plague Bringer formula all figured out, they throw in a track like "A Sentient Being," which burns along at a steady medium pace for over seven minutes. If you like your extreme metal both ugly and intense, you may soon find yourself putting Life Songs in a Land of Death into heavy rotation.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato