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Audio Autopsy - February 2010

01/02/10  ||  Global Domination

Impious: Death domination Impious: Death domination

7.2/10

Lord K: In this edition, for some reason, there are a lot of Swedish bands included, this time in the shape of Impious. Place them in the same category as the rest of the bands you surely don’t care about who produce some competent deathrash by the numbers. Their habit of blasting over real simple, rockish riffs (listen to “I am the king” to get what I mean) doesn’t work and as a whole this is… well… ok, at best. I wouldn’t fuck them if they were chicks. 5

Kampfar: Unique this is not, but fuck knows I approve of their energetic thrash/death regardless. Inspired is the keyword here. 8

Trauma: There are times when this strokes my penis furiously, and other times when it just leaves it sit there all erect with nothing to advance it’s calling. It’s been that month for death metal releases. They all contain quality songs and quality brutality, but still they are a bit stagnant at times in the albums. 7

CadenZ: An aptly titled disc, this is pure death metal domination – malicious wrath in thick slabs of flesh and hate. There is not much to not love here. 8

Dr. Snuggles (guest): This is good, damn good in fact, I’m really digging this shit. I get some great The Crown vibes from this and it is exactly the kind of death/thrash metal that gets my heart pumping a bit faster. 8

Miseration: The mirroring shadow Miseration: The mirroring shadow

7.2/10

Lord K: Another one of Älvestam’s (the guy who was kicked out of Scar Symmetry, you know) bands. How many is he currently in? Maybe the movie “300” was really about him and not some fags in Sparta? Miseration is pretty much death metal with a few twists thrown in. It works but won’t be anything we will remember in 10 years. Also, Älvestam’s vocals are usually better. Quantity over quality, huh? In the end it’s not about how many bands you’re in, it’s about how good they are. 5

Kampfar: Hadn’t it been for The Misanthrope Project this thing called Miseration would’ve been my surprise of the month. Sure thing, Herr Älvestam might be the biggest band-whore in recorded history, in the whole of the universe, but I nonetheless happen to dig “The mirroring shadow”. 8

Trauma: It’s weird, I can easily know Älvestam’s vocals are his, but when I first heard this having no information about them, I had no idea it was him. I like this, and it is well done death metal. I like Deathbound just a bit more in this edition, but these guys are #2 this month for me. 8

CadenZ: Brutal, technical, catchy death metal with great songs. And it’s not Bloodbath. I’m sold. Seems like they stacked all the best songs in the beginning, though – had they kept up the pace all the way I’d given a niner, easy. 8

Dr. Snuggles (guest): Highly competent “melodic” death metal, Christian Älvestam (ex. Scar Symmetry) still hasn’t disappointed me with anything he puts his signature on. I do miss Unmoored as hell though. 7

Deathbound: Non compos mentis Deathbound: Non compos mentis

7.2/10

Lord K: Nice theft of the classic Swedish death metal guitar sound, I’ll give them that. I also hear some Nasum influences in the chaos so to say that these guys studied the Swedish death/grind scene wouldn’t be an exaggeration. Deathbound chop, butcher and maim every chance they can, but ultimately “Non compos mentis” comes across as a pretty standard, good’n‘brutal effort. 6

Kampfar: If you are hooked on Nasum, and also Rotten Sound, Deathbound might make things happen in your pants. It did in mine. The production could’ve been better, though, so we aren’t talking a massive erection here. 7

Trauma: I’d say these guys are the winners. Great songs, crushing aggression. I like the vocal delivery, as I hear bits of Jörgen Sandstrom. I just now realize that’s an extreme compliment. He deserves it, because it’s not a generic death vocal. I mustn’t stay on the vocals, though, because the drums are constantly blasting your skin from your scrotum. 8

CadenZ: Pretty cool onslaught of brutality, this. Nice mix of blasts, frantic up-tempo and groovier riffage. Hard and relentless, the very air has been decapitated, molested and burnt to ashes when “NCM” is done. 7

Dr. Snuggles (guest): It’s been seven years since I quit the band, I guess I’m ready to review this without involving any favoritism (or am I?). Comparing “Non Compos Mentis” to the bands last two efforts I sense that there is less grind and more death metal groove present, although grind is still the main essence. The album is also more varied than “Doomsday Comfort” (2005) and “We Deserve Much Worse” (2007) which is absolutely something that has been lacking. I’m a big fan of this kind of grind (Rotten Sound, Nasum etc.) so even with all personal ties to the band put aside this gets a high score. 8

Thy Disease: Anshur-Za Thy Disease: Anshur-Za

5.6/10

Lord K: In the shittiest edition of AA in a long time (don’t we say this every month?) it wasn’t exactly hard to pick out the personal winner. Thy Disease have released a few fantastic tunes (“Fire storm” comes to mind first) in the past and their futuristic (death) metal further explores new ground on this one. Nice electronics together with brutality and a clear production – this stuff works in my favor and takes a shit on the rivaling bands here. 8

Kampfar: Poland has much on offer, music wise, but this limp-wristed something doesn’t add to that much. At all. 4

Trauma: ALL OF THE DISC INFO WAS IN CAPS AND SO IS MY WRITEUP. LEMME SAY THAT HOLY SHIT I CALLED IT (IN MY MIND) THAT THESE GUYS WERE POLISH. THEY REALLY EMULATED THAT BEHEMOTH SOUND, BUT WITH MORE ELECTRONICS AND SOME MORE EXPANDED MUSICAL TENDENCIES. I DON’T CARE FOR THE VOCALS, THOUGH. 7

CadenZ: Repetitive, boring but competent (meaning well-played and professional) death metal of the chaotic and technical kind, with industrial/techno and Fear Factory influences. The song-writing doesn’t hold up, and neither do the vocals. 4

Dr. Snuggles (guest): I nominated this album as one of last years biggest disappointments, maybe I was a bit hasty. This is indeed quite a good album but compared to their 2006 effort “Rat Age (Sworn Kinds Final Verses)” this album doesn’t stand a chance. What differs Thy Disease from the rest of the polish death metal bands is the incorporation of electronica influences into their death metal, a nice touch indeed. What I can’t stand on the “Anshur-Za” album though is the clean vocals, or rather moans and whatnot. 5

Raubtier: Det finns bara krig Raubtier: Det finns bara krig

5.6/10

Lord K: I don’t even know if these Swedes are serious or not, but their Rammstein-metal (sung in Swedish) brings a smile to my face. Whether it is becoz I despise them or becoz I take a liking in them is yet to dawn on me… For comedy value it’s better than you’d think. 6

Kampfar: Raubtier is a Swedish version of Rammstein, with a hint of Finntroll. I don’t know if the whole album goes on like this, that because the total awfulness of “Dobermann” made me died inside. Ten times over. Do you fuck those dogs of yours, Mr. Vocalist? I claim to fuck ponies, but I don’t really do, though it wouldn’t surprise me if you lot already made a hobby out of gangbanging dogs. 3

Trauma: Hahahahaha. Swedish Rammstein. I can’t get over how much they’re trying to sound like Rammstein. Like, carbon copy. Hahaha. Was “Engel” the inspiration for the music of “Achtung Panzer”? Cos it’s pretty obvious. They’re a bit heavier than Rammstein, though. Better? Probably not if you hate this shit. 6

CadenZ: Frantic industrial metal with apocalyptic lyrics from my home-town boys. Catchy tunes, a sound heavy as fuck and angry snarling provide above-average entertainment; especially the album’s two last songs are excellent. Too bad many of the tracks are ruined by sucky angry-bee guitar solos. 7

Dr. Snuggles (guest): This album was sort of my soundtrack for the summer of 2009, sadly I notice whilst listening to it now that despite the hit-factor the album had on me in the beginning it has faded. Raubtier could be described as a Swedish version of Rammstein, but the difference between Raubtier and Rammstein is the fact that Rammstein’s songs are more memorable and have a longer lifespan. 6

Overkill: Ironbound Overkill: Ironbound

5.2/10

Lord K: I worshiped “Taking over” when I was a kid. Considering that was like 50 years ago, at least, these guys must be in their 70’s now. Blitz sounds like he did back in the day and “Ironbound” as a whole isn’t terrible at all. Good production with a killer bass sound too. The old farts can still create some decent half-thrash though they should really edit down their songs here to half the playing time. 5

Kampfar: I thought Overkill was a German band, obviously they aren’t, but their thrash sure sounds like something manufactured in the land Hitler made infamous. I guess Overkill to be best suited for those who think Destruction and Kreator rules hard. 4

Trauma: It’s alright if you want a thrash attack. I thought Overkill sucked for the most part, and I guess they do, but this album doesn’t. 6

CadenZ: My oh my, some fossils still deliver. Energetic and feisty thrash metal this, with the occasional tasty moodier part. Megadeth and other oldies, take note – you don’t have to sound old, just because you are old. 7

Dr. Snuggles (guest): Good Ol’ Overkill… I remember listening to their 1989 album “The Years of Decay” like a maniac in the early 90’s, then forgot about them. Picked’em up again around 1997 with the album “From The Underground And Below”, I wasn’t impressed. Nor am I really impressed with “Ironbound” (2009) either, it’s simply just Thrash a’la Overkill with no suprises what so ever. 4

Fear Factory: Mechanize Fear Factory: Mechanize

4.8/10

Lord K: One of the versions of the soap opera that is Fear Factory is back with a new album. Who gives a shit? It sounds like Fear Factory, I guess, complete with the shitty vocals (both clean and screamed) of Burton. Dino is as tight a guitarist as he’s fat and Hoglan always provides. 4

Kampfar: Dino is still uglier than most, grimmer looking than me even, and Burton C. Cowbell still sounds like a choked pony when doing them clean vocals he shouldn’t be doing. Least of all live. Mr. Cazarez looking hideous doesn’t hurt the music of course, neither does his often inspired riffing, but all in all this nonetheless turned out to be a snoozefest. Fuck this soap-opera of a band. 5

Trauma: So did they reclaim anything after gaining back Dinosaurus Fat and losing Raymond Herrera and C.W.O? No. 4

CadenZ: I haven’t listened to FF since “Demanufacture” and they still sound quite the same. The big difference is to be found in the quality of the material. Whereas their sophomore record from 15 years back is still a great one, this new one is bland. 4

Dr. Snuggles (guest): Haven’t really been listening to Fear Factory since the days of “Obsolete” (1995) but many things are still exactly the same. Burton C. Bell still can’t sing for shit, Dino Cazares is still big enough to have his own zip-code and the music basically sounds exactly the same. Drumming by Gene Hoglan is an absolute plus, goddamn human drum-machine. 7

Disarmonia Mundi: The isolation game Disarmonia Mundi: The isolation game

4.8/10

Lord K: A few years ago they released an album with that Strid-fag from Soilwork on vocals. It was not the only resemblance to said band, they also sounded quite a bit like them, and they were good at being a 2nd rate clone. Nowadays some fag named Claudio is handling the throat business (according to their MySpace. I can’t tell who’s singing on the actual album, simply becoz I don’t give a fuck). Much like Deathbound’s been checking out the Swedish death metal sound up close, Disarmonia Mundi’s been monitoring Soilwork and the rest of those bands to an extreme. It works as well as it does for the “originals”, pretty much, but you will always prefer the originals for a reason. 6

Kampfar: My time here on planet piss is limited, I could very well not wake up tomorrow, so please fuck off. I would have included “you Italian assfuckers” after that “fuck off” hadn’t it been for Hour Of Penance, Murder Therapy, Aborym, Ufomammut, and the list goes on. 3

Trauma: I like some of this stuff, and it can be enjoyable for a time. The rest, though, it kinda gets to dragging on. They’ve got the good and the bad, so they need to trim craploads of fat off this fucker. Just remember, the good stuff is real quality. 7

CadenZ: This melodic pseudo-harsh semi-technical “death” metal wave that has infested the whole scene during the last five years is filled to the brim with bands that are absolutely meaningless. They all sound the same and seem to have no quality control, with the odd exception (Scar Symmetry). Disarmonia Penis are just above average in that genre. Nothing to write home to Mom about, that is. And what the fuck – there’s a song called “Structural Wound” on here? Is that, like, a scar that’s symmetric? 3

Dr. Snuggles (guest): Soilwork? No, but I thought I recognized those vocals. Swedish melodic death metal only not from Sweden but from Italy featuring Björn “Speed” Strid (Soilwork, Terror 2000 etc.) on vocals. Disarmonia Mundi has a certain charm, but why wanna sound exactly like Soilwork? There can only be one… 5

Construcdead: Endless echoes Construcdead: Endless echoes

4.4/10

Lord K: And yet another Swedish contribution. It’s not as awful as Avatar, thank god, but Construcdead isn’t very good either. Thrashy metal with a few small doses of chugga-chugga riffage included – sounds good on paper but in reality it’s a hella lot more boring than you’d think. Also, the vocals should have been more up front. If Avatar’s got a vagina, Construcdead at least got half a ball. Tops. 4

Kampfar: When I first read their name, my brain exploded, turns out it simply couldn’t cope with such a genius play with word(s). And when I heard the music my ears fell off, this due to a massive assault of melo-deth genericness. 2

Trauma: Minus one point for the moniker. As far as the music goes, it’s thrash, death, tough guy, grewvy. The vocalist has some Phil Anselmo screams/aggression. I gotta say, it’s pretty go – oh, fucken clean choruses. At least they don’t get completely gay throughout the album, their balls manage to stay firmly dropped into position. 7

CadenZ: I like the riffing. I dislike the vocals. I hate it when bands mix good stuff with bad stuff, I’m sure they do it just to piss me off. Fuckers. OK groove metal this be. 5

Dr. Snuggles (guest): Heard this a 1000 times before already with band such as Darkane, Soilwork, In Flames etc… next!! 4

Månegarm: Nattväsen Månegarm: Nattväsen

4.4/10

Lord K: Men för helvete. Ta ert jävla pick och (troll)pack(a) och försvinn. 2

Kampfar: If this even slightly resembles the music of the Vikings, it is no fucking wonder them heathen dudes lost the war against Christianity. Odin says no, try “Vrede” by Allegiance instead. Or why not do “Fra underverdenen” by Kampfar, he then asked. 3

Trauma: I don’t know what I’m supposed to think of this music. It’s in some Norgesvenge language that I don’t understand all too well except that there’s a lot of å, ä, and vikings. Music’s alright overall, though. 6

CadenZ: As written before: too much “everybody now”-hollering and power metal riffs, not enough atmosphere and darkness. At times enjoyable folk-inspired metal with raspy vocals. I hope they never dabble in guitar/violin solo trade-offs again – even the concept is sickening in metal music, and the execution is from the very arse of Jeebus Loco Cumbucket. 6

Dr. Snuggles (guest): Despite my many attempts to listen through this album I sorta lost focus after a couple of songs. Should though be a welcome addition in the collection to all those who like their viking metal in the vein of Thyrfing. 5

Skitliv: Skandinavisk misantropi Skitliv: Skandinavisk misantropi

4/10

Lord K: The intro is over 5 minutes long. And that is the shortest tune… To put it mildly, this is one disturbed recording. It’s also completely not my thing. Skitliv did a skitalbum with very, very few moments of decency. 3

Kampfar: Life sucks and then you die, is a saying I’m sure the whole of Skitliv thinks highly of. Why they haven’t mass-suicide yet is a question I can’t answer, search up their mail addresses or something, but I can tell you a bit about their music. We are talking doom with a hint of black and it sounds really rather good, whenever Maniac compliments the music with his delightful sneer that is. 6

Trauma: What a fucken waste of five minutes in the beginning. Let’s just say that “Slow pain coming” is a bit too well chosen for a track title. 3

CadenZ: I like the idea, Black Sabbath meets Shining, but “Skandinavisk misantropi” is somewhat boring for much of the time. Feet are dragged. I like it when bands don’t try to complete musical ideas in a hurry, but take their time – but you gotta keep it interesting. Otherwise this is decent black/doom. The bassist outshines everyone else with his effort, tasteful yet filled with character. 6

Dr. Snuggles (guest): This is, to be honest, one of the most boring albums I’ve ever heard. This could have been right up my alley since I am a fan of this kind of semi-weird doomy black metal, but sadly it just ain’t. 2

Mudvayne: Mudvayne Mudvayne: Mudvayne

3.6/10

Lord K: I need for someone to explain to me what makes a band like Mudvayne believe they have any right whatsoever to exist. These idiots sure took everything bad about The New Plague Of American Metal and succeeded in keeping it as terrible, if not worse. I remember they had a few Faith No More-esque parts on some older album, at least they had that going for them. Now, not so much. 3

Kampfar: I remained an optimist until I heard the vocals. About 20 seconds or so. 4

Trauma: I was never a fan of Mudvayne. Ever. There were, however, aspects to their music that I actually liked at times. Mostly that it didn’t completely suck as much as some metal purists would say. The costumes/makeup was lame of course (do they still do it?), but this is better than their attempt with Hell Yeah. In that respect I’m quite glad they decided to keep on with Mudvayne. This doesn’t suck but some of the vocals can be trying at times. 7

CadenZ: Hello, citizens of Suckville – this is your mayor speaking. Unfortunately, our aural manure factories have had another meltdown, and a new variation of the airborne “Mudvayne”-virus of unfathomable and pure shit will infest your ears very shortly. We hope you still have the counter-attack items we dealt to you last time this happened (2008), and remember that this epidemic is easily erased by pressing the DeletePlugs™ firmly into your ear canals. 2

Dr. Snuggles (guest): I can enjoy myself some Slipknot every now and then, but this is just too “Americanized”, sounds generic and boring to the very core. Vocalist Chad Gray calls this math metal (well at least according to Wikipedia) and here I thought math metal was stuff like Meshuggah? 2

Avatar: Avatar Avatar: Avatar

3.2/10

Lord K: These guys had some 10 minutes of hype in Sweden a few months ago. Fuck knows why. Avatar are not only having a supershitty moniker, they have the music to go with it perfectly. Rockish metal that doesn’t rock, how about that? They are trying too hard. Listen to “Roadkill”, it’s bound to piss you off. Avatar is a terrible band. 3

Kampfar: The whole of Avatar has an open invitation to my abattoir, one where I sacrifice wimpy bands to Jesus exactly. And now follows a short description of their bullshit. This lot wimps out by doing some sort of melo-deth with an edge of rock, probably thinking they are oh so unique while at it. Fuck off, guys, you aren’t even close. 3

Trauma: “The Great Pretender” had so much potential to be a fucken awesome tune. Seriously, the potential was there in the main riff and everything. It came so close. Yeah, these guys blow fucken donkey dong and prove it time and time again with their Trivium/God Forbid/Jason Suecof-produced passive-aggressive metal. I’m not specifically getting on Jason Suecof here, just the bands he produces. What does that have to do with Avatar? More than you need to actually hear of them. 3

CadenZ: I was hoping 3D glasses would enhance the experience – they didn’t. Not that I tried or anything, of course, as nothing could save this shit from the unfathomable evil death by torture provided by the fan. A handful of decent riffs and dexterous solos just aren’t enough when the foundation lies in crappy and ball-less wannabe-hard “metal”. 2

Dr. Snuggles (guest): From what I understand there was some buzz around this band some years ago, never paid any attention though. What we have here is Swedish melodic death metal that tend to sound more Finnish than Swedish at most parts. I find parts that I really like, some sweet-ass guitarshit and melodies. But why these annoying clean vocals? 5

Soil: Picture perfect Soil: Picture perfect

3/10

Lord K: So, finally some cheese in this edition of Audio Autopsy. Soil is fucken repulsive, that’s all you need to know. By the way, am I hallucinating or is there/was there a member of the defunct and overrated US thrash band Sindrome in Soil? The world of metal will never forgive him if that is/was the case. 3

Kampfar: If “metal” cozy enough to be broadcast by MTV at daytime sounds tempting, do indulge yourself. Not exactly bad this Soil shit, but sure as the downfall of humanity not music I feel like spending any more time on. 5

Trauma: Further proof that Clive Davis is not a music guru, but a business guru. Cos this shit is nothing special, not even annoying like a canker sore, just… nothing. 3

CadenZ: Hmm… glamgrungecore? Nickelback meets Zakk Wylde meets Linkin Park meets Dream Theater. Meets Bon Jovi. Some stuff is actually really good, but all in all this is very much not my cup of tea. I like my tea with balls. 3

Dr. Snuggles (guest): If I was 14 and Dead By April was my equality to Vomitory and I was sexually attracted to men I’d love this album. 1