Broken Hope - Swamped In Gore LP (Black vinyl)
It has been long debated as to who were the true pioneers of the subgenre of brutal death metal. Many people would more likely say Cannibal Corpse or Suffocation. However, I would make the argument that Chicago's Broken Hope was the true pioneer of brutal death metal. After all, Broken Hope encompass everything about brutal death metal (blast beats, breakdowns, grooves, low gutteral vocals, and brutal lyrics). Swamped in Gore was the first true example of brutal death metal and it came out a month prior to Suffocation's debut album in 1991.
No true weak tracks on the album. It's a forgotten classic in the history of death metal (particularly brutal death metal and the second wave of death metal that began in 1991). Broken Hope showed that they were willing to lead the pack for both brutal death metal and the second wave of death metal with gruesome lyrics and catchy songs. So if you like death metal bands that groove or write catchy riffs such as Obituary, Bolt Thrower, Autopsy, or Death, then this album is right up your alley. Highly recommend more people give this album a chance and give it the credit its due. All hail Broken Hope!