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Disembowelment were a Death/Doom Metal band that formed in 1989 in Melbourne, Australia. Despite breaking up in 1993 without ever having played a live show, their only album, Transcendence into the Peripheral, proved massively influential to the genre, and arguably created the subgenre of Funeral Doom.

Current Lineup:

  • Paul Mazziotta - drums (1989-1993)
  • Renato Gallina - vocals, guitars (1989-1993)
  • Jason Kells - guitars (1991-1993)
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  • Matthew Skarajew - bass (1992-1993)


  • Transcendence into the Peripheral (1993)

This band contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Breather Episode: "Nightside of Eden", which features clean guitars and a spoken-word passage by a woman credited only as I'da.
  • Cover Version: The limited-edition three-disc version of their self-titled compilation has a cover of Necrovore's "Slaughtered Remains".
  • Death/Doom Metal
  • Despair Event Horizon: A primary lyrical theme of Transcendence into the Peripheral.
  • Drone of Dread: Transcendence often has these after the blasting sections.
  • Epic Rocking: More than half the songs on Transcendence are above the nine-minute mark. The longest, "A Burial at Ornans", is nearly fifteen.
  • Fading into the Next Song: The first two and last three songs on Transcendence do this, though the vinyl edition necessarily splits some of them up due to their length.
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  • Loudness War: Unfortunately, the self-titled collection released after the band's breakup falls victim to this, as do vinyl reissues of their album. (On the other hand, Spiritual Successor Inverloch's releases thus far completely avert this trope.)
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 10.
  • One-Book Author: Only released a single album, an EP, a couple of demos, and a compilation, but proved to be one of the most influential death or doom metal acts of The '90s.
  • Spiritual Successor: Inverloch, which contains two of the same members (Mazziotta and Skarajew) and has released an EP and an album so far, both to great acclaim.
  • Spoken Word in Music: As mentioned above under Breather Episode, "Nightside of Eden" has one.
  • Ur-Example: For funeral doom alongside Thergothon (the latter of whom also qualify as its Trope Maker; however, Disembowelment are not considered to belong to the genre themselves).

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