Gutted, Decapitated, Disemboweled, and Dead is the second album from English death metal band Van Helsing, released on July 22nd 1996. It is preceded by 1995's Bleeding the Weak and followed by 1998's Thrice Death Toll. The album was criticized by many for its obvious anti-Christian themes, but nonetheless was a metal success with critics and fans. Due to its controversial content, none of the album is played live anymore.
After the minor success of 1995's Bleeding the Weak, Van Helsing returned to the studio from a short-break to record the follow-up, once again with Andrew Gosen. During in mid-production (March 1996), Jarno Jarevski had to return home to Sweden due to family issues, mainly his father's serious illness. The band recorded the rest of the album without Jarevksi, who was filled in by Paul Oakland, a friend of the band. When Jarno Jarevski expressed fear that he would not be able to remain with the band for the album's process, Dan Chamerlain suggested he stay in Sweden and get things sorted. Jarno Jarevski returned to England shortly after the album's completion, and was promptly fired from Van Helsing. Dan Chamberlain payed him the royalties for Bleeding the Weak and then asked him to leave. He was replaced by Paul Oakland.
Style and lyrical themes
Unlike its predecessor, Gutted, Decapitated, Disemboweled and Dead is a predominately death metal album in the vein of Cannibal Corpse and Deicide. The entire album is controversially anti-Christian, with every song containing extensive profanity and ant-Christian lyrics. Dan Chamberlain said the album was the next logical step from Bleeding the Weak, but resented the anti-Christian sentiment he did not intentionally wished to portray.
- "Godf*ck" - 6:55
- "Jesus Is The F*cking Saviour" - 5:45
- "The Great Decapitation of All Those Who Hold Praise In God and His Angels" - 9:44
- "Piss On Your Bible" - 6:00
- "I Rape God's Women" - 5:44
- "Impaled By The Cross" - 6:00
- "Gut God, Decapitate God, Disembowel God, Dead God!" - 5:44