Devourment is an American slam death metal band, and quite possibly THE slam band at that. Categorized by their ultra-low vocals, heavily mosh-oriented riffing that focuses less on technicality and more on sheer, unrelenting heaviness, and highly complex and technical drumming that focuses less on blasting and more on winding grooves, Devourment is generally the first band that people think of when they think of slam, and for good reason.
Formed in Dallas, Texas in 1995 out of the ashes of Necrocide, the initial lineup consisted of Wayne Knupp (vocals), Braxton Henry (guitars), and Brad Fincher (drums), but Henry was quickly replaced by Brian Wynn after the band very nearly folded completely before even getting off the ground. Kevin Clark (guitars) and Mike Majewski (bass) then joined at a later date, creating the lineup that would record the Impaled
demo. Knupp left shortly after due to personal issues and was replaced by Ruben Rosas, creating the Molesting the Decapitated
lineup. Shortly after the release of said album, however, Ruben Rosas was arrested and sentenced to two and a half years in prison (the core reason isn't known, but Majewski confirmed that the prison sentence was due to a probation violation), with Wynn also leaving as a result. The band soldiered on, welcoming back Henry and Knupp before releasing the 1.3.8.
After Rosas was released, the band went through multiple lineup shifts that ultimately resulted in failure and the band folding until 2005, when Rosas, Majewski, and Knupp decided to start over, with Eric Park (drums) completing the lineup. They quickly recorded and self-released Butcher the Weak
later that year before inking a record deal with Brutal Bands the following year, subsequently re-recording and releasing Butcher
on the label. Tragedy struck when Knupp died of multiple organ failure in 2007, but the band kept going, releasing Unleash the Carnivore
in 2009 before signing with Relapse the following year. After several years of touring and other assorted odds and ends, they released Conceived in Sewage
in February of 2013. Numerous personal troubles resulted in the band dropping off of a tour with Dying Fetus later that year and resulted in Rosas and Park leaving; nonetheless, Majewski stated that it was not over and that they were merely reassessing things. After rumors that they were going to reform with most of the Molesting
lineup and play the Summer Slaughter started floating around in early 2014, the band finally announced on May 19, 2014 that they would be continuing on with Rosas on vocals, Andrews on guitar, and Fincher on drums, along with newcomer Dave Spencer (Fincher's bandmate in Meshiha) on bass.
- Impaled (1997) - demo
- Promo 1997
- Promo 1999
- Molesting the Decapitated (1999)
- 1.3.8. (2000) - compilation
- Kill That Fucking Bitch (2002) - single
- Official DVD (2005)
- United States of Goregrind (2005) - split
- Butcher the Weak (2005) - Re-recorded and rereleased in 2006 with alternate cover
- Limb Splitter (2006) - split
- Official DVD 2 (2007)
- Unleash the Carnivore (2009)
- Official DVD 2.5 (2010)
- Purulent Devourments & Cannibalism (2010) - split
- Conceived in Sewage (2013)
The band provides examples of the following tropes:
- The Alcoholic: Wayne Knupp. It's what killed him, too.
- Author Existence Failure: Wayne Knupp.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Chris Andrews to some degree, at least as far as his shtick of wearing a rubber horse mask live goes.
- Contemptible Cover: Molesting the Decapitated and Conceived in Sewage both qualify.
- Gorn: What else would you expect?
- Harsh Vocals: Wayne Knupp pioneered guttural-style harsh vocals, with Rosas and Majewski later filling his shoes.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: Have fun figuring them out without a lyric sheet. We'll wait.
- Metal Band Mascot: The unnamed mutant is this according to Rosas, and the alien maggot thing is also accepted as one.
- Misogyny Song: This is slam. You kind of have to expect it.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Solid 11 for their entire career for the most part, though they can dip down to a hard 10.
- Murder Ballad: This is basically what all of their lyrics boil down to.
- New Sound Album: Conceived in Sewage was a pretty major shift to a retro brutal death/proto-slam sound very reminiscent of Skinless and early Disgorge. Majewski stated that this was entirely because they didn't want to make the same album over and over, with Rosas also stating that they were getting sick of playing slam.
- One of Us: Rosas and Fincher are known for their love of comic books, while Majewski is an avid horror fan.
- Promoted Fanboy: Eric Park and Dave Spencer.
- Revolving Door Band: An unusual case in that it was mostly the same few people coming and going over and over again.
- Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Although brutal death metal bands such as Suffocation and Internal Bleeding had already made use of slam riffs, Devourment was perhaps the first band notable for using them extensively, making the band at least the Trope Codifier if not Trope Maker for slam death metal. However, with later bands following in their footsteps mostly writing songs that consist of almost nothing but slams (Cephalotripsy, Cerebral Incubation, Epicardiectomy and Gorevent being examples of this), even Devourment's early, most slam-centric releases almost sound downright traditional in comparison.
- Shrug of God: Many a fan has asked about the significance of "138", and none have ever gotten a straight answer from Majewski. Most of the answers have been to the effect of "I don't even remember", but more sarcastic ones have been given, namely "one dollar, three tacos, eight hours on the shitter". The most common hypothesis is that it's North Texas police code for grave robbery or vandalism, and Majewski has neither confirmed nor denied this.note
- Slam Death Metal
- Special Guest: Majewski serves as this here and there, most notably with Benighted and Cattle Decapitation. Travis Ryan of the latter band returned the favor on Conceived in Sewage.
- Start My Own: Brian Wynn and Brad Fincher started Meshiha in 2009, though Wynn left that band as well in 2013.
- Trope Maker: For slam. While often treated as the Ur Example, this is highly debatable due to there being multiple bands around that time releasing demos with similar sounds. Uncertainty notwithstanding, however, Devourment definitely served as the first prominent example of the sound.