Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Review of "Integrated Pest Management" by Fumigation

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1. Craniofacial Duplication
2. Fleshlight Castration
3. Pediculosis (Mommy, I Have Lice)
4. Entomophagy
5. Methyl Bromide Poisoning
6. Don't let the Bedbugs Bite
7. Evacuate the Hive
8. Rodenticide Torture
9. The Lick of Carnivorous Caterpillars
10. Vanier Shack (Roach Motel)

Why the name Fumigation and the obsession with insects, rodents and chemicals?

Today's metal scene lacks bands with a constant theme, or at least an interesting one. Through this void enters Fumigation. The theme of insects, rodents and chemicals is entertaining, insightful, and humorous all at the same time. From phobias to infestations, harborages to feeding habits, Fumigation will dissect the situation and select the best method of control. This method usually comes in the form of groove laden death metal.

Exterminating since early 2008, Fumigation is a 5 piece metal band from Ottawa, ON, Canada. All members are vettes in the Ottawa music scene consisting of: Mat Desjardins on drums, L-P Dugal on vocals, Tom Hansen and Matt MacIvor on guitar, and Chris Humeniuk on bass.

As of November 2009, Fumigation recorded a Promo CD and shared the stage with bands such as Piledriver, Joe Thrasher, Aggressor, Insurrection, My Shadow, Neuraxis, Revocation, The Last Felony, Darkness Rites, and more. In March of 2010, Fumigation parted ways with Matt van den Ham, and added Roch Bourgon to takeover on drums. In September of 2010, Health Canada revoked the Exterminator Licences from all members of Fumigation, as well as the Live Extermination Entertainment Licence for the band itself.

In January of 2011, Fumigation re-released the "November 2009 Promo" as a "Deluxe Edition" with re-mastered tracks, plus a bonus live track. In February of 2011, Fumigation was featured on the e-CD/e-Compilation "Canadian Metal Assault" by Voices From The Underground e-zine with the track "Vanier Shack (Roach Motel)" off the "November 2009 Promo - Deluxe Edition". In March of 2011, Health Canada allowed the renewal of Fumigation's Live Extermination Entertainment Licence, and 2 replacement Exterminators joined the band - Mathieu Desjardins on drums (replacing Roch Bourgon), and Tom Hansen on guitar (replacing Vitto0o0oh).

In April of 2011, the new Fumigation lineup is complete. Jeff joined the band on vox and Steph joined on drums (replacing Mat). In June of 2011, Fumigation began the comeback and started playing live again. In September of 2011, the summer ended along with Fumigation Comback 2011. Steph and Jeff were attacked by an army of Red Ants...it is unknown whether they survived. In October of 2011, Mat (Sacriment) joins Fumigation for the 2nd time, and L-P (Accursed Creation) joins on Vox. In March of 2012, Fumigation began the comback (again) with a live extermination and the wheels were set in motion for much more to come.

In September of 2012, Fumigation hit the studio to begin creating their first full-length album. In October of 2012, Slowly We Rot Fanzine Issue #2 was released with a Compilation CD featuring Fumigation's "Pediculosis (mommy, I have lice)" off the "lost ep". In December of 2012, Fumigation released the single "Fleshlight Castration" off the upcoming full length album "Integrated Pest Management". In February of 2013, Fumigation signed with CDN Records to release "Integrated Pest Management" due out in the Spring of 2013. In March of 2013, Fumigation released "Pediculosis (Mommy, I Have Lice)" in the digital compilation "february" by Pig Squeals and Breakdowns. In April of 2013, Fumigation released the short film "Rodenticide Torture" - a corporate health & safety video - through OverdoseTV Episode 004.

A moshtastic track to start the album off with, “Craniofacial Duplication.” Bringing great technical riffs here and there and a badass slam part, which is just how brutal death metal should be. Just by the title I knew “Fleshlight Castration” was going to be a great track. The lyrics are hilarious and gruesome which is perfect, opening with “long day at the office, been surfin’ porn for hours,” it’s the story of my life. The guitars are great for this track, being heavy and forceful the whole time and pounding at your ears. “Pediculosis (Mommy, I Have Lice)” sums up every elementary kid at some point. The technical riffs and slam jams are amazing and the lyric “another day off school, playing Nintendo eating Cheese Whiz, I just beat Super Mario 3” made me laugh my ass off, especially how the guitars flowed. It was another entertaining track.

The next track, “Entomophagy,” is a short one. It has brutality the whole way through, with an impressive solo and ear bleeding riffs. The fact these guys are all about pests and bugs makes them even that more interesting. All about the slam riffs is “Methyl Bromide Poisoning,” with some great technical bits here and there. Starting of groovy start is the track, “Don't let the Bedbugs Bite.” I don’t know how they made death metal so slow, but they did it effortlessly and it sounds incredible. They took a song about bedbugs and made it the most awesome thing I’ve heard in a while. “Evacuate the Hive” is a pretty eerie ambient instrumental.

After the previous track I was happy to get back to what Fumigation does best with “Rodenticide Torture.” The way this track flowed was nice, going from fast malicious assaults to slowed down slam bits, as well as a groovy part near the end. “The Lick of Carnivorous Caterpillars” is really great technical-wise, the riffs are tight and impressive. This track is a terrifying thought and thinking about it, if those carnivorous caterpillars became butterflies, they would be worse than wasps. A great long track to end the album entitled “Vanier Shack (Roach Motel).” With great slam riffs galore, it’s a slow track but not as slow as “Don’t let the Bedbugs Bite.” This is one of those headbanging without even meaning to tracks and is a great way to finish a bug infested album.

I was asked to review this album a few months back but due to numerous hospital stays I put off doing everything, including listening to the album. This album is too good not to listen to and is just what I expected. With gut-wrenching vocals, sludgy and fast assault riffs, and pounding drums Fumigation made a great soundtrack to go along with Roach Movie. Pixar hit me up and make that a thing!

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