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Audio Autopsy - September 2011

01/09/11  ||  Global Domination

Abysmal Dawn: Leveling the plane of existence Abysmal Dawn: Leveling the plane of existence

7.6/10

Lord K: Good. Fucken. Pummeling. 7

InquisitorGeneralis: This is a fucken awesome techish death metal record. Abysmal Dawn have finally found their g-spot and are working it like a horny dog. This is the album Morbid Angel should have made. 9

Habakuk: Modern, Yyrkoonish death metal. Approved, but heard before. 7

CadenZ: Gloomy, majestic death that actually succeeds in creating an atmosphere. Who would’ve thought Americans could pull that off. 7

Revenant: Staffer IG has been stroking his cock over these guys a lot of late, and for good reason. Really solid death metal with groove and melody in the right places. A definite winner in my book. 8

Azarath: Blasphemers' malediction Azarath: Blasphemers’ malediction

6.6/10

Lord K: Double. Bass. Overload. 6

InquisitorGeneralis: Yowza, these guys are pissed. Or on speed. I like the effort, but there is no variation or change here. 666th gear is what this engine runs on. 4

Habakuk: Retarded intro aside, this slab of blackened death has a lot to offer, let alone a positive outlook on Christianity. Consider it dug. 8

CadenZ: Blastbeaters’ Male Addiction brings us… blastbeats. Fast ones. Mindless and totally relentless aggression is mighty fine, but some variation couldn’t have hurt. 7

Revenant: Black-tinged death with production dirtier than your mum’s secret sex fantasies about me (yes, she has them so deal with it). Relentless in pace, so it probably needed a few slower, groovier sections but overall a damn fine piece of work. 8

Decapitated: Carnival is forever Decapitated: Carnival is forever

6.6/10

Lord K: Expected. Way. More. 6

InquisitorGeneralis: Besides the awful name, most of this record works. A bit toned down compared to previous records, there are lots of cool moments on here. If you enjoyed these technical poles before, you will not be disappointed. 7

Habakuk: I haven’t followed this band enough, apparently. Didn’t know they had so much Meshuggah groove to them, just combined with good songwriting. 8

CadenZ: It’s great to once more hear the Poles dip their poles in riff sauce and wave them about. A nice comeback, but more catchy riffs in the future, please. 7

Revenant: Djent. What a fucking stupid name for a genre. We seriously need to change that name, as a matter of ur-djent-cy, that name is pun-djent. Djent, as a whole, really doesn’t do anything for me. Riffs are pretty samey and there’s no real catchiness about the music. This album is no different in that respect. Sorry djentlemen. 5

Lock Up: Necropolis transparent Lock Up: Necropolis transparent

6.2/10

Lord K: Excellent. Fucken. Brutality. 8

InquisitorGeneralis: For all the talent in this band, I am very underwhelmed by the deathy grind found on here. No one song really wins me over. 4

Habakuk: Lock Up’s never done much for me, but this sounds pretty dynamic, somewhere between Anaal Nathrakh and cleaner modern deathgrind. 7

CadenZ: It is transparent that thrashy riffs, animalic snarls and furious drumming can lock your neck up. And also your imagination. 6

Revenant: It’s a tight, fast and intense 40 minutes of constant blasting. Hey, I like my blastbeats as much as the next cunt, but how about a few groovy breakdowns or something (anything!) to break up the one paced nature next time? 6

Symphony X: Iconoclast Symphony X: Iconoclast

5.8/10

Lord K: Pretentious. Decent. Shit. 5

InquisitorGeneralis: A pretty solid band but the clean, operative vocals are silly and shitty. Get a new singer and I would be interested because the music is pretty solid. 4

Habakuk: Ballsy power metal with actually not much Symphony at all. I expected worse. 6

CadenZ: Yngwie meets Dream Theater and it sounds as fucken good as it did in the 90’s. These guys just don’t know how to disappoint. All hail king Romeo and his chops! 8

Revenant: Lacks balls and is a little cheesey, but the Dream Theatre-esque prog sections make this better than 90% of the power metal out there. 6

Gigan: Quasi-hallucinogenic sonic landscapes Gigan: Quasi-hallucinogenic sonic landscapes

5.6/10

Lord K: Original. Confusing. Semi-impressive. 6

InquisitorGeneralis: Gigan try to be interesting and mix brutal and progressive influences, but it doesn’t really click for me. 4

Habakuk: Cram more shit into your death metal, yeah, make it hurt! Either I’m getting real old, or this impressively supertechnical shit is just not for me. 5

CadenZ: Hippy, progressive, brutal death metal with grind influences? Works OK for being such a weird concoction. Demands more time, but it is clear that the song-writing is still somewhat too chaotic for Gigan’s own good. Or evil. 7

Revenant: Certainly different, chaotic and interesting, but ultimately hard to digest. Needs more listens than I’m able to give here, that’s for sure. Also has the best song titles you’ll read all year: “Mountains Perched Like Beasts Awaiting the Attack” FTW! 6

Toxic Holocaust: Conjure and command Toxic Holocaust: Conjure and command

5.6/10

Lord K: Thrash. Is. Dead. 4

InquisitorGeneralis: Decent groove thrash done by my fellow Marylander Joel Grind, but nothing new or original. 6

Habakuk: Surprisingly good, considering I had already written them off long ago. 7

CadenZ: A cool cover image is definitely a plus, but from the Abyss of Alarmingly Average it doesn’t save. The attitude is there, but the riffs are not. 5

Revenant: An album that shows plenty of potential but fails to deliver. There’s some genuinely good shit here (check out “Bitch” or “Red Winter”), but it gets surrounded by generic so-so thrash. Can’t anyone write a full album of good thrash songs anymore? 6

Exhumed: All guts, no glory Exhumed: All guts, no glory

4.8/10

Lord K: Generic. Brutal. Death. 5

InquisitorGeneralis: There are some sweet moments on here, and grindy death can raise my pole with the best of them, but overall I am not totally in the love with this. The vocals get old quick. 5

Habakuk: I should like this a lot more than I actually do. 6

CadenZ: Exhume me, but your music bores me. Recycled thrash riffs from the ancienth century can go fuck themselves. 4

Revenant: No glory? Good, Exhumed certainly don’t deserve any for this derivative, generic deathcore borefest. 4

Suidakra: The book of Dowth Suidakra: The book of Dowth

4.6/10

Lord K: Just. Fucken. Die. 2

InquisitorGeneralis: I’m trying people, really trying, to give this power/folk/melodeath bands a fair shake. The lack of clean vocals is a plus, and the band clearly has talent. But the synths and keyboards just bring it all down for me. 4

Habakuk: As much as I despise this genre, I cannot neglect the fact that this is well done. Fans of epic viking blah metal should really dig this. I believe the band is from around here, too. Whay!6

CadenZ: Pompous, folk-influenced melodeath from Germany. Power metal on steroids, that is. Amazingly, Suidickra don’t suck it. “Book of Dowth” is like second-rate Wintersun, meaning average. 6

Revenant: Melodeath with some folky stuff thrown in. Not as sucky as it could have been, but still nothing to write home about (not that my parents would care anyway. “Oh, we got a letter from our son, something about a metal band. Why the fuck would he write to us about that?” English: full of strange sayings). 5

Icon In Me: Head break solution Icon In Me: Head break solution

4.6/10

Lord K: Modern. Metal. Music. 4

InquisitorGeneralis: Decent thrash here, but nothing insane or original. The cleaner vocal parts suck, though. 4

Habakuk: Just when you think it can’t get any more lifeless and run-of-the-mill, they start the clean singing. 3

CadenZ: Dildo In Me bring Russian thrash to the world, and do it adequately. Nothing wrong with this, except the lack of memorable material. 6

Revenant: Competent but unexceptional thrash fare with vocals that tend to annoy after a while. Ballsier production on the guitars and more groove would have been better, but ok as is. 6

All Shall Perish: This is where it ends All Shall Perish: This is where it ends

3.8/10

Lord K: This. Must. Perish. 2

InquisitorGeneralis: Decent deathcore is still deathcore. There is a lot of talent wasted here on songs you have heard 1,000 times before. 4

Habakuk: Too much of everything. Except quality. 5

CadenZ: I have never understood why some bands base their songs on breakdowns. Breakdowns should be like solos, something that elevates song even further. Without the stupid over-stompiness this could’ve been half decent. 3

Revenant: Pretty good for what it is, but it’s still melodic deathcore so it has it’s limitations. Too much heavy crunching which only comes across as posturing. It is an easier listen than The Black Dahlia murder album we covered last month, but lacks that album’s the variety. 5

Jasta: Jasta Jasta: Jasta

3.4/10

Lord K: Hatebreed. Suck. Too. 3

InquisitorGeneralis: Hatebreed is ok, and Kingdom of Sorrow has some good moments too. I’m not feeling the solo Jasta though, this sounds like an album full of (bad) Hatebreed B-sides. 3

Habakuk: Why is Jasta not doing the vocals most of the time? 4

CadenZ: I jasta can’t understand why anyone would want to buy this generic and ball-less Americore bullshit. I blame this shit for the downfall of music sales. 3

Revenant: I know I should really fucking hate this but I don’t. Incredibly catchy in parts, though too much of the hardcore chest thumping tough guy bullshit drags this into fail territory. 4

Suicide Silence: The black crown Suicide Silence: The black crown

2.8/10

Lord K: Not. Utter. Shit. 4

InquisitorGeneralis: There is a reason that this is the band people think of when discussing the shittiness of deathcore. All Shall Perish is much better, and that ain’t saying much. 2

Habakuk: I wish these guys would follow the implications of their moniker more closely. Man, how I hate this kind of sound. Guess what my flatmate listens to? 1

CadenZ: I’m sorry guys, but I’d rather listen to the silence brought on by your suicide than this borefest of a breakdown disc. 3

Revenant: Waiting for something interesting to happen on this record is like waiting for Godot. Spoiler Alert: Godot never comes. 4

Jello Biafra: The audacity of hype Jello Biafra: The audacity of hype

2.4/10

Lord K: Not. A. Chance. 2

InquisitorGeneralis: This dude is a douche and his music blows; wanna-be relevant political punk rock died with The Clash. Joe Strummer’s corpse could make a record better than this. 1

Habakuk: Without the classic feel of killkillkillkillkillthepoor / Holiday in Cambodia, I’m very reluctant to endure a full disc of Biafra’s nasal… nosing. That aside, this is okay punk rock and I’m not a teenager anymore. 5

CadenZ: The audacity some record labels have to release this kind of utter shit. Jello, go fuck yourself. Jell-O should work as lube. 1

Revenant: More like the audacity to release the same tired music straight from the same jello mold (geddit geddit) it came from 20 years ago. 3

Roger Glover: If life was easy Roger Glover: If life was easy

2/10

Lord K: I. Just. Shat. 1

InquisitorGeneralis: Stick to Deep Purple buddy, and leave folk blues to the real dinosaurs like Bob Dylan. Why is this in AA again? 2

Habakuk: What was that? 3

CadenZ: If life was easy, one could understand this weird jumble of reggae and blues. Alas, life is complex as fuck. Roger, grab it in your glove and wank away, ‘cause you won’t be garnering no hard-ons with this platter. 3

Revenant: A hodgepodge of reggae, country, rock and steaming turds. Possibly the most boring thing I’ve heard all year. 1