The Decapitated Midgets is a band that formed in 2008 as a duo and was founded just to pass some time, but in the year 2009 the duo turned into a full band, and the project become a lot more serious. "Shit Ceremony" is already the band's third full-lenght, and the first one to feature the full line-up, aside from the live-EP Shithole Live that was released in the end of '09. The band didn't have a full-time vocalist at the time due to the previous vocalist (one of the founding members) leaving the band, so on this album the vocal duties are handled by the drummer.
When there's a blood-covered toilet on the album cover, it's pretty evident what the record will contain. After a short (and slightly too loud) swineflu-releated intro you'll hear 21 songs of heavy and groovy goregrind with a good amount of tempo-changes and fittingly imbued breaks, and that's pretty much all you need to know. The songs vary from in-your-face-beatings to slower groove a lot, giving the record a really good flow and keeping the listener's interest up constantly. Ten of the songs are re-recorded songs originally from the band's first full-lenght, and are stylistically simpler, shorter and slightly more based on aggression and thrashiness instead of the groovy values of the new songs, but they're presented in a way that makes them fit it well. They're still musically slightly weaker than the new ones, but due to the band's tightened expression and the new drummer's speed and precision they sound great as well.
Giving the album such a compact lenght was a good choice by the band, as the album doesn't become dull or repetitive at all, even with multiple listens (I've listened to the album for I'd say over 20 times and it just keeps getting better). The many vocal styles,mainly screams and pitch-shifted aggressive growls, bring a good dose of extra variation to the songs, and is an improvement from their earlier releases, and the drums are more (dare I say) brutal and interesting than previously. The songs still have no lyrics: the vocals are just random growls and shouts.
The record is self-recorded but nonetheless sounds rather "major league", except for the crash cymbals which sound too thin and sharp and disturb the heaviness and the overall soundscape. The band has gone into a heavier and "less rocking" direction when compared with their earlier releases, both song- and sound-wise; the rocking values and thrashiness is replaced with heavy groove, so the songs are still as interesting but in a different way than before. The songs have less of immediate impact now, so some fans of the band's older material (and people overall, actually) may have to take a few listens to the album before it's nature fully opens up. I must compliment the drum sounds aside the crash cymbals: every beat is clear and well audible, while still sounding even brutal. The same applies to all the instruments, actually: everything is clearly audible but still heavy and unpolished.
Pretty much the only complaints come from the lame crash cymbal -sounds and the fact that the older songs don't fit in perfectly with the new ones due to the differences in their style, but this is nothing too major. The promo-version had no cover arts for me to comment, but if you care to know, the album should be out as a digipack. I'd recommend you to get it. TDM has tighened up and improved on their every album, and have managed to create their own style, so if their lineup stays the same and if their next album consists fully of new songs, it will most likely be something truly remarkable.