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Audio Autopsy - June 2011

01/06/11  ||  Global Domination

Vomitory: Opus mortis VIII Vomitory: Opus mortis VIII

7.2/10

Lord K: With some more variation in the material than on previous albums, Vomitory’s delivered one of their finest pieces ever with “Opus mortis VIII”. If you wanna know what death metal should always sound like and how to do it – here you go. They are called Vomitory and they fucken rule this shit with an iron fist. 9

InquisitorGeneralis: Vomitory know their role and deliver blasty swedeath with no frills. I am not in love with this record though and it got old, quick. Still decent, but I will turn to the old stuff when I need my Vomitory fix. 5

Habakuk: Some things never change. Vomitory destroy with determination, precision and just that tiny bit of thrashy goodness that sets the memorable highlights. This should win. 8

CadenZ: Quality control is high, as we have come to expect from Vomitory. A good, meaty production frames this slab well, but I still don’t get the adrenaline kicks or goosebumps that are required for higher grades. 7

Altmer: This is, surprisingly, the first time I hear Vomitory. It’s pretty high quality death metal, but still I don’t think I’ll spin it all that often. If you like the band, go for it, it has everything a death metal record needs. No one should be disappointed by this righteous piece of brutality. 7

Septic Flesh: The great mass Septic Flesh: The great mass

6.8/10

Lord K: I have seen quite some hype about this new album and I guess it could be kind of deserving of it. There is a fresh touch to things and a nice evil atmosphere to what they (“Septic Flesh” or “Septicflesh”? Which one is it?) present on “The great mass”. Very, very nice work, lads. I believe this one might even be a grower. 8

InquisitorGeneralis: Everyone thought “Communion” was the second coming of Christ; I didn’t see it. “The Great Mass” is a bit better (to me) but still nothing I am going to go insane over. Melodic, extreme death metal will always interest me, but these Greeks still have not completely won me over. 5

Habakuk: Some of this stuff sounds like it’s taken from the last album’s recording session. And they ripped off the “Requiem for a Dream” OST in “Pyramid God”. Fine by me though. 7

CadenZ: A slightly softer Behemoth coupled with film music, symphonic and proggy stuff. Weird? weird. Good? Yes, partly, but not enough to fully convince me. I’m hella disappointed that the lyrics on “The Great Ass” don’t deal with Jennifer Lopez’s most prized possession, so I’m shaving off a point. 6

Altmer: Epic. Powerful. Melodic. Heavy. Strong. Gargantuan. Metal. At. Its. Finest. These Greeks have done it again. 8

Demonical: Death infernal Demonical: Death infernal

6.8/10

Lord K: They pretty much got the classic Sunlight Studios guitar sound down – that’s a positive. Their no-frills death metal is also doing what it’s supposed to do, ultimately leading up to making the aptly titled “Death infernal” disc a fine piece of brutality with no surprises. If you can’t appreciate this you do not fucken appreciate death metal in general. 7

InquisitorGeneralis: Decent but standard death metal is the name of the game here. You like Facebreaker, Volturyon, Grave, or Unleashed? You will like this. Seriously though; get a new fucking name. 6

Habakuk: Nice, but haven’t Vomitory done this 10 years ago? 7

CadenZ: Quality death metal of the unsurprising, but manly, kind. A bit one-dimensional, but clearly enjoyable. I love the band name, it’s so… innovative. Like.. .Diabolical. 7

Altmer: “March for Victory” reminds me of “Once sent…” era Amon Amarth. Bonus points for that. The rest of the album isn’t bad either, but nothing I’d travel the world to see. Another decent album in a strangely good AA round. 7

Scar Symmetry: The unseen empire Scar Symmetry: The unseen empire

6.2/10

Lord K: I still think “Pitch black progress” is their finest hour, but “The unseen empire” is another showdown in excellent musicianship and full-on quality. 7

InquisitorGeneralis: Bubblegum melodic metal doesn’t completely empty my bowels, but there is no need for me to anymore than what I already have. The same goes for you. 5

Habakuk: Sorry, but those ultra-soft clean vocals take all the edge out of this semi-heavy Gothenburg stuff. 5

CadenZ: Pop metal with amazing execution and the best composers in this horrible genre. Still not even close to the fantastic “Pitch Black Progress”, but not many albums are. 7

Altmer: Looks like they’re back on track after a couple meh records. I’m actually liking this new vocal tandem now, Lars sounds less annoying. It’s not “Symmetric in Design”, but then again, there isn’t much in the genre that tops that album anyway. 7

Wolf: Legions of bastards Wolf: Legions of bastards

6/10

Lord K: Wolf’s ever-present problem is the weak vocals. Nope, they are not bad, at all, they are just weak. They sure can create some 100% heavy metal though, and I can’t help but dig it. 7

InquisitorGeneralis: A decent band, terrible vocals, and a strong desire to be living after midnight while reciting the number of the beast don’t do it for me. 4

Habakuk: Mixing Heavy with Metal? Brilliant! 6

CadenZ: Traditional heavy metal is a classic genre. Unfortunately in Wolf’s case, traditional equals predictable. As in I-know-exactly-which-chord-you’re-going-to-play-next-you-fucker predictable. But clearly the canis lupus boys know what the fuck they’re doing, and this is clearly listenable. 6

Altmer: Wolf serve the masses quality heavy metal. They’ve got their formula, they don’t stray from what they do, they just pump out the riffs and solos like no tomorrow. The singer has the typical heavy metal qualities of being nasal and irritating, but hey, par for the course, right? I don’t think what these guys do is very original, but they’ve got their Judas Priest/Iron Maiden thing down to the core. If you like heavy metal, you will undoubtedly enjoy this record. 7

Demonaz: March of the Norse Demonaz: March of the Norse

5.8/10

Lord K: CadenZ got the moniker all figured out and the Demonass himself sorta delivers some qualitative and heard-before metal that does very little for me. 5

InquisitorGeneralis: I’ve heard worse in the Viking-metal genre. Hints of blvckness combined with some melodic and bluesy type shit make this moderately interesting… and enjoyable. Seriously tough; get a new fucking name. 6

Habakuk: Not my style, but color me impressed, this shit is actually quite good. Think Amon Amarth with a bit less Norsemen cliché (don’t worry, it’s still there) and a slight black metal edge. It’s catchy enough, but I doubt its relistening value a bit. 7

CadenZ: Demonass makes metal again. Very, very polished metal. Every song marches on in mid-tempo, but unfortunately the direction is circular and thus the same path is trodden deeper and deeper. Jump off before you bury yourself. 5

Altmer: Above average black metal with a more melodic tinge. Is this the guy from Immortal? If so he should probably stick with this band. 6

Panzerchrist: Regiment Ragnarok Panzerchrist: Regiment Ragnarok

5.6/10

Lord K: I guess we’ll never get another “Room service”, huh? 5

InquisitorGeneralis: These guys set the bar too high with “Soul Collector”. I don’t really get any of the awesome elements from that record (a bit of melodic, interesting songs) here, and that is a problem. Keep the Jesus death metal tank rolling guys, but bring back the glory of previous records. 5

Habakuk: Decent, ballsy, full-frontal death metal. I could easily imagine myself drinking beer to this. Oh wait, I am. But it won’t last for twelve songs. 6

CadenZ: The brutal of bashingness in the way of Satan’s! From faster of double basses, mediocre in riff is not harms; when holy’s is deathed!!! Oh, right, these guys weren’t Italian. Pardon. Random shit for the win. 7

Altmer: Half black, half death, full on boring. Heard one song, heard ‘em all. That’s all there is to it. I’m not familiar with their early works, but I hear they were revolutionary at one point – if so, then this tepid mess of “let’s have every song sound exactly like the next” is sure to fucking disappoint any fan of the old material. 5

Pestilence: Doctrine Pestilence: Doctrine

5.2/10

Lord K: Hadn’t Mameli recorded “Consuming impulse”, maybe we would have been spared the abominations he’s polluted the world with afterwards. Extra minus points for the absolutely ridiculous vocals. Death to false metal. 4

InquisitorGeneralis: I feel the same way about this as I do the new Atheist; it’s decent but there is so much more progressive, technical death metal out there that I like that this really stands no chance of making an impact on me. The vocals blow hard too. 4

Habakuk: Wow, that is one annoying intro. And shut the fuck up, Patrick Mameli! Those screams are absolutely horrible! Once you get used to them, they at least improve to “irritating”. The music passes as okay as well, but still I wouldn’t buy this. If some no-name band released this, no-one would care. 6

CadenZ: Psychedelic death metal? Mameli sounds as sick, hoarse and deranged as ever and the dark aura that surrounds “Doctrine” is crushing. And the blasts… with one word, they are lovely. Ain’t that a macho fucken word for blastbeats. 8

Altmer: We’ve put out better death metal as a country. And man, those vocals are awful. This is how you shouldn’t do tech death. 4

Primordial: Redemption at the puritan's hand Primordial: Redemption at the puritan’s hand

5.2/10

Lord K: As fucken boring as I knew it would be. 3

InquisitorGeneralis: Blackened folk metal is better than humppa troll folk metal, but not by much. I will pass on this one. 4

Habakuk: This sounded quite promising and atmospheric until the System Of A Down vocals started. What a letdown. 5

CadenZ: The new effort of Ireland’s finest surely deserves more listens, but at first glance I must say I’m not overwhelmed the way I was with both predecessors. Quality stuff of course, but not as heartbreakingly convincing and mountainously epic as hoped. Hoping for a grower. 7

Altmer: Sort of black, sort of folk (minus the gay), sort of quite good. I dunno about how this holds up on repeated spins but it seems to fall in the same category as its predecessor “To the nameless dead”, and that was a fine piece of work too. 7

King Kobra: King Kobra King Kobra: King Kobra

5/10

Lord K: I didn’t even now these fuckos were still around. The semi-classic album “Ready to strike” is a great hardrock piece. They are ofcourse not recreating those days with this one, but still it’s a trip back down Memory Lane when hardrock was Teh Shit. 4

InquisitorGeneralis: With a name like King Kobra, you know this has got to suck. The fact that it is throwback 80’s hair-glam garbage makes things even worse. 2

Habakuk: Never has “doing nothing wrong” sounded so bland. I like me some good old fashioned rock music, but this sounds so heard-before it’s not even funny. 5

CadenZ: Textbook glam metal, complete with the 80’s snare sound ov doom. Adequate vocalist, good guitarists, average song-writing. Not as king as the name suggests. 5

Altmer: Hard rock done by hard rockers who clearly only like hard rock. Originality count below zero, good riff and solo quotient hovering somewhere around the average. This is the kind of music that doesn’t turn me off, but it doesn’t really turn me on either. And I like being turned on. 4

Illdisposed: There is light (but it's not for me Illdisposed: There is light (but it’s not for me)

4.8/10

Lord K: These guys really hit the spot with their “4657464-WHATEVER” album some years back, then they fell back into the old habits of creating quite irrelevant half-brutal metal. This one is a step back on the right path though some of the electronics used sound out of place and completely unnecessary. 6

InquisitorGeneralis: Keyboards + synths + brocore vocals + metalcore style = one big steaming pile of shit. 2

Habakuk: “Modern” doesn’t necessarily mean “shitty”, but it sounds a bit too much like background music for computer game videos. Illdisposed have come to kick ass and chew bubblegum, but they still have a bit too much gum left. 6

CadenZ: Usually, tough guy vocals can go suck some Christian’s ass somewhere, and the rule applies on this disc as well. Lose the moronic synths as well, and focus on writing catchier tunes instead of “blinging” up dull mediocre shit with keyboards and whatnot, ‘cause there’s some good stuff buried underneath all the Scheisse up front. 5

Altmer: Wow, those vocals are irritating. The rest of this is Soilwork knock-off music, which leaves me a bit ill-disposed towards this band. But hate it, I certainly do not. 5

Norther: Circle regenerated Norther: Circle regenerated

4/10

Lord K: Habakuk said it best. The only question is: isn’t Children Of Bodom for girls as well? 4

InquisitorGeneralis: Finland seems like a cool place (no pun intended), but Norther and bands like them just don’t have enough umph for me. Like fellow Finns Children of Bodom, Norther is too weak to be heavy and to heavy to be weak. Make sense? No. Well, fuck off. And skip Norther. 4

Habakuk: Children of Bodom. For girls. Fuck. 3

CadenZ: Worst kind of Finnish shit metal, teenager angst coupled with mindless look-at-how-fast-my-fingers-can-go guitar leads. Yes, that’s right – Children of Bodom-wannabes. While CoB pulled this style off with flying colours earlier in their career, Norther lack the song-writing prowess. Actually, they lack song-writing – period. And the vocalist sounds like an amplified torture chamber filled with goats experiencing the last seconds of their lives. Not so good, that is. 3

Altmer: Children of Bodom, Mk II. Slightly less chaotic and better songwriting. And it grows on me like mushrooms. That’s not a good thing. I hate mushrooms. And to my surprise this album isn’t even as bad as mushrooms. But it’s still in no way anything I’d wrestle my family mushrooms over. 6

Kingdom Come: Rendered waters Kingdom Come: Rendered waters

3.4/10

Lord K: King Kobra’s got more venom in their fangs than this here King-colleagues. Also, that’s a shitty drum sound. Fuck you. 3

InquisitorGeneralis: Kingdom Come and come and gone and their bland, generic heavy metal wannabe NWOBHM suckness has gone with them. 3

Habakuk: Since we don’t get a metalcore album in an edition for once, we get more mediocre hard rock or what? Pass! 5

CadenZ: The world’s second most annoying snare sound has been found. “St. Anger” still sits securely on the throne, though. Fucking horrible guitar sound as well, and don’t get me started on the delay applied to the guitar solos… ungh. With a production that isn’t done by a deaf incontinent sea bass, this boring heavy metal outfit would only suck. Now shit’s unbearable. 2

Altmer: Who ordered this 80s hard rock platter? I’m sending it back to the chef, it’s all stale with mouldy cheese and a bit of old sausage here and there. These guys don’t exactly sound fresh, invigorating or recent. It’s not bad, but it’s dull, boring, and like I said, stale. 4

Lake Of Tears: Illwill Lake Of Tears: Illwill

2.6/10

Lord K: Eh… I can understand why that lake is filled with fucken tears. It had to hear this crap. Listen to the title track and have a laugh at those incredibly silly vocals. And while you’re at it, laugh at those silly riffs too. They are all over the album. Both of them. 2

InquisitorGeneralis: I can’t even begin to describe what type of metal (term used loosely) this is. It blows, don’t listen to it. It’s like a The Cure tried to make an album with Dream Theater. Is that clear enough? 2

Habakuk: Just because you have a thick Scandinavian accent that doesn’t mean playing Alkaline Trio with an “evil” twist is a good idea. 4

CadenZ: I liked LoT sometime in the ’90s. I must’ve been on crack, or they’ve “evolved” into something not even remotely reminiscent of their elder albums. Dorky songs with moronic arrangements and a constipated vocalist with the world’s worst English pronunciation skills. “Gunnaahh gett yoo nexttt…” 2

Altmer: What… just what? The vocals are magic alone. It’s like trying to combine screechy German heavy metal vox with something that tries to sound like Candlemass, but ends up holding the middle between that and rehashed Maiden riffs. But that singer is no Rob Lowe. And what the fuck is up with the band name? This is not dooooooooooom, guys. But you’re doomed. To suck. 3

Leave's Eyes: Meredead Leave’s Eyes: Meredead

2.4/10

Lord K: If you want something completely irrelevant, useless and without emotion – look no further. The cunt’s vocals have always been absolutely thin and worthless and this… eh… band is a fucken joke. I could have used this for the Pestilence album as well now when I think about it. ZING! 2

InquisitorGeneralis: Folk and symphonic metal FUCKING BLOWS! Why won’t anyone listen to me??? AAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! 1

Habakuk: Wow, how much I hate this shit. It’s not epic, it’s not interesting, and it was never a good idea to mix metal with opera to begin with. And your cover looks like a Magic: The Gathering card. 1

CadenZ: I understand the need for contrasts and variation in this kind of epic, pretentious metal; but inserting atmospheric “breathers” once a minute kills all the drive and energy you’ve created thus far in a song. Moronic arrangers. One song of this is enough for a lifetime. 3

Altmer: I should hate this. Instead, I’m just indifferent for some odd reason. There’s nothing exciting about this record, but at least it sounds like they tried to do things here. And it’s better than what Within Temptation put out nowadays. But Liv Kristine still sucks. That woman needs more power. Yes, despite all the Disney and Braveheart qualities to the music. 5