Monstrosity: In Dark Purity-1999.

Monstrosity is an American death metal band which originated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, during the Florida death metal scene of the early 1990s.

Vocalist George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher and drummer Lee Harrison and bass player Mark Van Erp were the founders of Monstrosity. Harrison had just left the band Malevolent Creation and George Fisher gave up a band in his hometown of Maryland and came to Florida in 1990. Jon Rubin who had played guitar in Malevolent Creation also joined to form Monstrosity. Mark Van Erp played bass in the band Cynic and he left Cynic to join Monstrosity. The four members of Monstrosity signed with Nuclear Blast (Germany). Jason Gobel who was a member of Cynic helped Monstrosity record Imperial Doom when they entered the recording studio. He was never a member of Monstrosity. The album was released in 1992 by Nuclear Blast. Monstrosity toured Europe in support of the band Pestilence for this album.

After a number of problems with the label, Lee Harrison formed his own music label, Conquest Music, in 1996. Now signed to Conquest Music, the band entered the studio again to record Millennium. Guitarist Jon Rubin was replaced by Jason Morgan and bassist Mark Van Erp, by Kelly Conlon. George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher performed vocals and Lee Harrison was on drums. The album was licensed to Nuclear Blast Germany in 1996 for Europe and later re-released in 2002 by Hammerheart Records (Netherlands) for Europe. After completing the recording of the album Millennium, Fisher joined Cannibal Corpse. Jason Avery (Eulogy) replaced Fisher on vocals.

In 1999, Monstrosity went back in the studio and this time they recorded In Dark Purity. The album was produced by Monstrosity and recorded at Morrisound Studios, Tampa, Florida. Conquest Music licensed the album to Olympic/Slip Disc/Century Media for better distribution in the US and licensed the album to Metal Age and then Hammerheart Records in Europe. Jason Avery was the vocalist, Lee Harrison, the drummer, Tony Norman, the guitarist and Kelly Conlon, the bassist. In 2001, Conquest Music released a two-CD Monstrosity package. One CD was a live album Monstrosity recorded while on tour in the US. Included in the CD was Monstrosity’s infamous Horror Infinity demo and their Slaves and Masters demo. CD two features slightly different re-recordings of songs from their first album. The double CD was licensed to Hammerheart Records in Europe.

By 2004, Monstrosity was in the process of recording Rise to Power with members Jason Avery (vocalist), Lee Harrison (drums), Tony Norman (guitar), Sam Molina (guitar) and Mike Poggione (bass). The album was recorded at Audio Hammer Studio, Sanford, Florida. It was produced by Lee Harrison and Monstrosity and engineered by Jason Suecof. Conquest Music licensed the album to Metal Blade Records in Europe. Monstrosity toured the US in support of the album and they were invited by the Bogotá, Colombia government to headline a musical festival in Bogotá. 85,000 people were in attendance.

Avery was replaced in December 2005 by Brian Werner (Infernaeon). Werner performed vocal duties on the band’s 2006 European tour, and subsequent U.S. shows. In December 2006, Werner was replaced by Mike Hrubovcak (Divine Rapture, Imperial Crystalline Entombment, Vile) and Mark English (guitar) joined Monstrosity. Monstrosity is now Mike Hrubovcak (vocals), Lee Harrison (drums), Mark English (guitar) and Mike Poggione (bass). They returned to Morrisound Studios. This time to record Spiritual Apocalypse. Conquest Music licensed the album to Metal Blade in Europe and it was released in 2007. Additional solos on Spiritual Apocalypse were done by Matt LaPorte (Jon Oliva’s Pain). The ending solo on “Bloodline Horror” was performed by Jason Suecof and James Malone. Back-up vocals on “Inhuman Race” and “Firestorm” were provided by Kelly Schaefer of Atheist. The album was released in the US in 2008.

In the summer of 2009, Monstrosity spent six weeks touring Peru and Chile and then flew to Europe to do the Brutal Assault festival in Czech Republic and Party San festival in Germany. On November 22, 2011, the band announced in their Facebook that they were to release a live DVD, Live Apocalypse, in early 2012. On October 2, 2015, the band played its first show in Central Florida for nearly fifteen years at West End Trading Company in Sanford Florida. During the show it was announced that the band had begun writing a new record. Released on September 7, 2018 was the band’s sixth and first studio album in eleven years, The Passage of Existence.

Discography:

Horror InfinityDemo1990 
Burden of Evil / Immense MalignancySingle1991 
Darkest Dream / Horror InfinitySingle1992 
Imperial DoomFull-length1992
Demo ’94Demo1994 
MillenniumFull-length1996
In Dark PurityFull-length1999
Enslaving the MassesCompilation2001
Live Extreme Brazilian Tour 2002Live album2003
Rise to PowerFull-length2003
Relapse Singles Series Vol. 3Split2004 
Spiritual ApocalypseFull-length2007
Live ApocalypseVideo2012 
The Passage of ExistenceFull-length2018
Lee Harrison
Drums (1990-present)
See also: TerrorizerInhuman Condition (live), Lavoizen, ex-Atheist, ex-Malevolent Creation, ex-Obituary (live), ex-Midnight, ex-Submission
Michael Poggione
Bass (2001-present)
See also: Ectopic MalignancyFlyingGod CriesHarhoogHuman EnslavementLavaOmnipotenceSerpenternityStarless NightThe Dead ColdVileCapharnaumDoomsilla, ex-Cult of Mourning, ex-Lifeless Dreams… Pale Illusions, Dead Animal, Disruptor, ex-Eulogy, ex-Lecherous Nocturne, ex-Serocs, ex-Skinned, ex-Trivium (live), ex-The Autumn Offering, ex-Human Rejection, ex-Scab Maggot
Mark English
Guitars (2006-present)
See also: ex-Deicide
Mike Hrubovcak
Vocals (2006-present)
See also: Azure EmoteHouse by the CemetaryHypoxiaJ.J. HrubovcakNader Sadek (live), Divine Rapture, ex-Abraxas, ex-Imperial Crystalline Entombment, ex-Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, ex-Vile, ex-XXX Maniak (live)
Matt Barnes
Guitars (2010-present)
See also: Chaos InceptionDiabolicQuinta Essentia, ex-Lisiya Gori, ex-Temple of Blood, ex-Fleshtized

Past Members:

Jay FernandezGuitars (?-1999)
See also: ex-Brutality, ex-Eulogy (live), ex-Angel Trumpets
Mark van ErpBass (1990-1995)
See also: ex-Cynic, ex-Malevolent Creation, ex-Solstice
Todd “Old Crow”Guitars (1990)
(R.I.P. 2018) See also: ex-Abysmal
Jon RubinGuitars (1990-1994)
See also: ex-HatePlow, ex-Malevolent Creation, ex-Elysium, ex-Paramoure
George “Corpsegrinder” FisherVocals (1990-1996)
See also: Cannibal CorpsePaths of PossessionSerpentine DominionVoodoo Gods, ex-Corpsegrinder
Jason “Tux” MorganGuitars (1994-1999)
See also: ex-Wynjara, ex-Alas, ex-Burner
Kelly ConlonBass (1995-1999)
See also: Kill ProcedureMetal Against CoronavirusSepulchral OathShatter MessiahSargon, ex-Fires of Babylon, ex-Wynterborne, ex-Infinity Minus One, ex-Pessimist, ex-Vital Remains (live), ex-Death
Jason AveryVocals (1996-2001, 2003-2005)
See also: Eulogy, ex-Angel Trumpets
Tony NormanGuitars (1999-2005)
See also: Lover of Sin (live), Devolution, Reaking Havoc, Snail Hatin, ex-Belligerent, ex-Terrorizer, ex-Voodoo Gods, ex-Morbid Angel (live)
Sam MolinaVocals (2001-2003), Guitars (2003-2006)
See also: Metal Against CoronavirusTerrorizer, ex-Calibos, ex-Infernaeon
Songs
1.The Hunt01:08  instrumental
2.Destroying Divinity03:26  Show lyrics
3.Shapeless Domination03:30  Show lyrics
4.The Angels Venom05:22  Show lyrics
5.All Souls Consumed02:31  Show lyrics
6.Dust to Dust02:41  Show lyrics
7.Suffering to the Conquered03:37  Show lyrics
8.The Eye of Judgement02:47  Show lyrics
9.Perpetual War04:04  Show lyrics
10.Embraced by Apathy02:54  Show lyrics
11.Hymns of Tragedy03:29  Show lyrics
12.In Dark Purity06:11  Show lyrics
13.The Pillars of Drear03:43  instrumental
14.Angel of Death (Slayer cover)04:48  Show lyrics
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One response to “Monstrosity: In Dark Purity-1999.”

  1. DemonFeces, November 26th, 2017

    Underrated and relatively unknown, being overshadowed by other Floridian death metal acts of the early 90’s, Monstrosity deliver to us their third long-player. This is the entity that Corpsegrinder first appeared with and jumped ship from, in 1996, while pulling double duty vocals on Cannibal Corpse’s Vile album. The leads here are fucking amazing. I mean, they work well within this deathly context, but as a stand alone shred-fest Malmsteen would have nightmares…

    As far as crediting musicians for the dexterous guitar acrobatics, I suggest you refer to the page here at the Archives for a clear and precise listing. The cast of characters is mostly unknown; Norman played bass for Terrorizer at their reformation and Conlon did the same on Death’s seminal ‘Symbolic’ album (But would you have been able to name him if I didn’t mention that fact here?). They left their mark on this recording and simply faded into obscurity. Jay Fernandez (of Brutality) penned the majority of the album but he didn’t record even a single note on the damn thing. As it stands the rhythm is exceptionally tight and controlled and it is the driving force behind most of the 50 minutes. For that we can thank Lee Harrison for his excellent drumming.

    Onto the review! We begin with a minute-long classically synthesized orchestral introduction before the whirlwind of ‘Destroying Divinity’ comes storming in. Steamrolling double bass drumming ushers in heavily palm-muted tremolo riffage. It spikes with high notes and falls to ghastly lows. Leads erupt from the left and right channels without warning and it’s all controlled so beautifully that it makes me envious.

    I just made this up, but, it’s what I would call a ‘story-book’ album. Meaning that there is a clear beginning, middle and end. A lot of bands put together their best songs to complete the terms of an album but few rarely have this kind of flow. It’s akin to Metallica’s Ride the Lightning per se. In my opinion, this is just a well-arranged album full of well-written songs one right after the other. There’s slower brooding pieces, quick and sharp attacks, rhythmic pummeling bliss and shredding guitar wizardry. The general sound is somewhat muddy but, adding more volume usually fixes such minor quibbling.

    I would say also that this has a lot of Morbid Angel influence, but I’m not a huge Morbid Angel fan. So I’ll come up with my own version: A much tighter-knit, less sloppy yet still blood-soaked sweater than any Morbid Angel X-Mass sweaters lying around. Standard fare guttural vocals are somewhat buried in the mix and that’s alright. As I mentioned earlier, the real focal point of this album is the music overall. Fuck vocals. Fuck lyrics. I want crushing death metal! And this is it. Don’t worry about the bonus track; all you get is an obligatory cover of Slayer’s Angel of Death. …That’s new.

    This cover art was created with the latest and greatest of 90’s technology! Look how green that plasma shit is coming out of that Hell’s angel’s hands! Magnificent! All in all, this Monstrosity’s finest hour. They’ve been inactively active for so long though, that I doubt they’ll come close to it again. So if underrated 90’s Floridian death metal is what you seek, seek this out now!

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