Lay Down Rotten's 2007 release, Reconquering the Pit, may just win for the best metal album title of the year. However, the music contained within is your standard growl 'n' grind death metal -- very few surprises are included here. If you're a death metal connoisseur, you've probably heard it all before, as Reconquering the Pit is overflowing with impeccable double bass drumming, shredding solos, and of course, Cookie Monster vocals: all crucial elements for your next death metal party. If you're looking for no-frills extreme metal, then tunes such as the title track and another exquisite title -- "Sound of Breaking Bones" -- should do. Reconquering the Pit? If you say so. Reinventing the death metal wheel? Certainly not.
AllMusic Review by Greg Prato