Audio Autopsy – July 2011

Audio Autopsy – July 2011

01/07/11  ||  Global Domination

Xerath: II Xerath: II


Lord K: The debut
kicked all kinds of asses so “II” is an album I have been looking
forward to big time. Unfortunately this one isn’t as easy to digest as
the first one, but that might mean it’s a grower given some time.
Incredible, incredible musicianship and some fantastically beautifully
created orchestrations combined with Meshuggah-ish riffaging and a
fantastic production makes this the winner of this Audio Autopsy for me –
without competition. 8

InquisitorGeneralis: This is for fans of Devildriver, Soilwork, and sucking balls. 3

Habakuk: So mixing Hollywood soundtacks with
Meshuggah is a good idea? Uh, no sir, I don’t think so. Highly skilled
arrangements, but ultimately this is not for me. 5

CadenZ: Epic progressive extreme metal. Imaginative arrangements and immaculate execution. How can I have missed this band? 9

Altmer: I did not see this one coming. Prog
influences, black metal, groove, death metal, melody, all in one
delicious package. This all done without sounding contrived or like a
copycat. A pleasant surprise and a great album to boot. Guess there’s
always gotta be one of those albums that surprises you in the positive
sense of the word. This would be that record. 8

Novembers Doom: Aphotic Novembers Doom: Aphotic


Lord K: Yeah, these guys heard a song or 2 by
Opeth. They might also have heard The Vision Bleak when it comes to some
of the clean vocals. 2 bands that Novembers Doom aren’t even close to
competing with. Still, a decent effort. 5

InquisitorGeneralis: This is heavy and surprisingly good. Usually things with “doom” make me run for the hills, but this I like. 6

Habakuk: Sounds like a darker, less predictable Amorphis. 7

CadenZ: Paradise Lost + Opeth + malignant death/doom = Pfizer’s blue pills. 8

Altmer: This slightly sped up combo between
doooooom (which equates to stealing a few Candlemass riffs), and what
isn’t really death metal of any sort nor prog of any sort (but still
sounds like Opeth) is what we get served by November’s Doom. It has its
moments, and the vocals are real quality. A solid piece of work that
won’t be my fave cup of tea in the genre, but does its job well. 7

Hate Eternal: Phoenix amongst the ashes Hate Eternal: Phoenix amongst the ashes


Lord K: Technically superior, insanely competent
and ultimately very tiresome. The problem is that Hate Eternal is just
too much skill and too little groove. Eric’s got a good grunt though. 5

InquisitorGeneralis: While some songs on here are
completely unlistenable due to overblasting, there are some slower,
completely awesome songs in the mix that make this the best HE record
I’ve ever heard. 6

Habakuk: Speaking of quantity, this album is
definitely the one with the most going on in this edition. Impressively
enough, it still manages to be completely uninteresting to me for 40
minutes straight. Hate Eternal is only good when they don’t sound like
Hate Eternal. 5

CadenZ: Relentless is my middle name. Epic moments
are few and far between, but when they finally kick in, the majestic
breath of Satan engulfs the mortal world through the interstellar
gateway of dimensional concavity. In English: kick ass. 8

Altmer: Death metal with a lot of tech and dweedly
parts. Not particularly interesting, but all in all, listenable enough. I
recommend it to fans of tech death and sleeping pills. 5

Arch Enemy: Khaos legions Arch Enemy: Khaos legions


Lord K: You expect nothing but high-quality metal
when it comes to Arch Enemy, like it or not as a whole. Is it just me or
does Angela sound a little weaker than usual? For the solo nerd, you’ll
have your money’s/download time worth at least. There’s no denying the
Amott’s are fantastic guitarists. 7

InquisitorGeneralis: Angela, Amott and Co. are
running out of ideas… fast. There are some decent tracks on here but it
is clear we are never going to get another “Wages of Sin”. 5

Habakuk: Let’s reduce them to their girl vocalist,
shall we? Nope. She sounds like a dude anyway. The problem lies not in
the vocals, which are good, but the generic post-Carcass inspired
semi-thrash semi-heavy semi-death metal. Good leads don’t make this more
than semi-interesting. 4

CadenZ: AE have been recycling the same riffs and
melodies since 1999’s “Burning Bridges”, probably not wanting to change a
winning formula. Sure, it’s good this time around as well but it gets
kinda predictable and, inevitably, boring in the long run. Gossow’s vox
are good, though her high-pitch snarls sound as stupid as Dani Filth’s.
And what’s with the common misconception that Michael Amott is a guitar
hero? It’s his brother Chris who’s got the skills, for fuck’s sake. 6

Altmer: Melodic death with a hint of thrash and a
hint of some more brutality sits just right with me. Arch Enemy aren’t
the most innovative band on the planet, they’re just a solid institution
that do their thing really well and always produce a few hits per album
that I can blast on repeat. They have their style down pat and don’t
fuck about with it. Nothing wrong with that. “Anthems of rebellion” will
always be their finest hour though. 7

Amorphis: The beginning of times Amorphis: The beginning of times


Lord K: There’s no way you’ll ever mistake Amorphis
for any other band. From being a pure death metal unit back in the
early 90’s to this is a long way to go, but safe to say – “modern”
Amorphis piss on its old version. I’ll never cope with those hideous
keyboards though, and they have released better albums, without a doubt.

InquisitorGeneralis: Clean vocals, wimpy melodeath suck city. Bleh. 3

Habakuk: Sounds like Amorphis. 7

CadenZ: A better title for this album would be
“Playing It Safe”. Finnish melodic metal with the occasional harsher
track that pops out (“My Enemy”). Joutsen’s vocals are ace, but I was
expecting catchier material. 6

Altmer: Damn, Amorphis talked about evolving, but I
am not hearing the evolution. Stop saying that when you’re obviously
doing the same thing over and over. That being said, they are master
craftsmen at their style. This is not as good as “Silent Waters”,
though. Pity they forgot some of the catchiness this time around. 6

Necrophagia: Deathtrip 69 Necrophagia: Deathtrip 69


Lord K: The guitar sound wins the spot for
“shittiest one in this AA”, but Necrophagia’s death’n‘roll package wins
nothing at all. Whoever produced this should be fucken shot. 3

InquisitorGeneralis: Someone wants to be The Crown. And they suck at it. 3

Habakuk: Never heard these guys, but they sure rule this edition considerably with their heavily rock-tinged, filthy death metal. 8

CadenZ: Manic death metal with an extremely annoying trebly guitar sound. Energy level is OK, catchiness not so much. 6

Altmer: More death metal. The vocals are not
particularly good but some of the riffing is really groovy. I don’t
think I would spin this on a regular basis because, as we all know by
now, this type of music isn’t exactly my thing, but I can certainly live
with it. What I do like is that some of the riffs sounds very thrashy
and Slayer-ish. That works just fine for me. The band name and cover are
fucking stupid, though. On the whole: a death metal record I like. 7

Autopsy: Macabre eternal Autopsy: Macabre eternal


Lord K: Old school death metal with a suitable
production (though I prefer stuff that sounds less old school in this
area) accompanied by some quite cool/silly vocals and boring death
metal. Never liked Autopsy much in the past, will never like them in the
future. Not as shitty as expected though. 5

InquisitorGeneralis: Nothing more needs to be said
around here about this record. It’s sloppy, boring death that many
people consider “classic”. Not me. 4

Habakuk: I could never really get into Autopsy, but
this sounds on par, if maybe a bit better than what I know of their
stuff. Probably a feast for fans. 6

CadenZ: Groovy, meaty, chunky. Sick. Autopsy are back. 7

Altmer: This is the kind of stuff that makes me
ashamed to say I like metal just because it’s played so extremely
unintelligently. There’s no finesse to this music. Blast blast blast,
semi groovy riff, shitty drawn out solo, rinse and repeat. If you are
very much into death metal, it will probably make you cream over it, but
I think this is stupid music for stupid people. I wasn’t around in 1991
to find this cool and the stuff I like from that era is a whole lot
more well-composed than this. Also, the vocals suck some extreme,
extreme ass. 4

Samael: Lux mundi Samael: Lux mundi


Lord K: Anyone who thinks old Samael is excellent
is a fucken retard. Anyone who can’t appreciate the new Samael is a
fucken retard. I am not a retard. 7

InquisitorGeneralis: BBBBBOOOOORRRRRRIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGG and unoriginal death metal. Next. 3

Habakuk: Slow, chugging, melodic (no, not THAT
kind of melodic) death metal. Samael have found their style ages ago
(at least they sounded the same last time I heard them), and it’s
actually still sort of cool. If it stands the test of time, this is a
possible purchase. 7

CadenZ: She-mael bores me to tears. Tears of joy, as I realize I don’t have to listen to this anymore. 3

Altmer: I should really like this album, but this
industri-metal doesn’t do anything for me. It’s a shame, because I think
Samael, in principle, are a unique band and they don’t sound like many
other bands – it’s just that these melodies and choruses aren’t working.
It could grow on me, but this is the third time I tried sitting through
it and after three songs I just keep giving up. It doesn’t want to
click. 5

Morbid Angel: Illud divinum insanus Morbid Angel: Illud divinum insanus


Lord K: What can be said that everyone didn’t
already say? There’s like 50% MA-sounding death metal tunes on here and
then we have… the remaining ones that come across as a fucken joke. Say
what you want but “I am morbid” is unfortunately impossible not to like a
hella lot. It’s just a shame MA created it (and the rest of the tunes
that have no place in this album), killing all of their past credibility
in the process. The death metal tunes would get a 6 and the “too
extreme” (seriously…) ones would get a 2. As a whole, “Illud’s divine
anus” is a major disappointment and gets a: 4

InquisitorGeneralis: Morbid Angelopeth is not good. More death metal, less Chemical Brothers. Yuck. 3

Habakuk: Undoubtedly one of the most interesting
releases this month. The band actually still know how to write good
tunes and the “experimentation” is tolerable, but the album is permeated
by a feeling that someone in the band has his head up his own ass way
too much. 5

CadenZ: The industrial/techno stuff doesn’t put me
off as much as it apparently does everyone else. They’re not
spectacular, but I don’t hate them either. I think it’s fun that MA
decided to do something different; that they don’t get the formula
exactly right on the first try is hugely unsurprising. And the pure
death metal tracks are gold. 7

Altmer: Just how much drugs did Trey and co take?
I’m all for experimenting, but this is like being sandwiched between
second grade death metal and Combichrist. It’s not impressive. Also, the
drummer is good, but they could have got him a drum sound that doesn’t
sound like tin cans. 3

U.D.O.: Rev-raptor U.D.O.: Rev-raptor


Lord K: Accept with Udo is kinda ace. Accept
without Udo kinda works. Udo without Accept kinda doesn’t make me give a
shit. Decent hard rock, but I’ll wait for the Accept reunion. 5

InquisitorGeneralis: Someone put this troll out of
his misery. Udo needs to realize no one really cares about his hackneyed
version of heavy/power metal. And his voice sounds like shit too. 2

Habakuk: Fuck me sideways with a balding midget,
this is good shit! I had no idea the little croaker still had something
going for him and his band, but he does: Dumb, fun, catchy, German heavy
metal in all its shapes, executed skillfully. 7

CadenZ: If you thought the new Morbid Angel sounds
silly, with silly vocals, you should listen to this atrocity. Udo should
have called it quits a century ago. 2

Altmer: Judas Priest ripoff with worse vocals.
Sigh. Let sleeping dogs lie, will you? The music isn’t awful but it’s
tired. Give me “Painkiller” over this. 5

Otep: Atavist Otep: Atavist


Lord K: I understand that poetry is a huge thing
for Otep. It’s just a shame that the inclusion of these pretentious
little bits (as on all their fucken albums) are more annoying than
anything else. At times Otep really makes things swing and that chick’s
voice I take a liking in. 6

InquisitorGeneralis: I liked “Blood pig”. Sadly, that was like ten years ago. Otep’s vag-core is not doing it for me know. 3

Habakuk: Weird. It’s kind of listenable mostly, interesting almost, but I just feel the urge to turn it off. – Annoying! That’s the word! 4

CadenZ: Aggro metal, about as refined as the music
of Rockbitch. Not the stage show, that’s as refined as it gets. I don’t
like the riffs, I don’t like the production and I sure as hell don’t
like the PMS bitch behind the mic. Fuck you. 3

Altmer: Nu-metal and some Pantera riffing with a
butch chick who can actually sing/scream on vocals and some boring
poetry. Nothing to go crazy over, but I don’t hate it as much as I
thought I would. 5

Poisonblack: Drive Poisonblack: Drive


Lord K: Finnish girl metal. It might sound terrible
on paper but works a little better than anyone would ever think.
Different from girl metal bands such as HIM and Children Of Bodom, but still… it’s fucken Finnish girl metal.*4*

InquisitorGeneralis: Death’n‘roll done well is what you get here. Still, Entombed and The Crown do it better. 5

Habakuk: Nothing I’d rush out and buy, but if
you’re doing something nice while listening to this, it doesn’t hurt.
Just imagine Volbeat without the Elvis. 6

CadenZ: Lars Ulrich called, he wants “Load” back. 3

Altmer: The Sentenced parts are cool. The glam
metal parts are not so cool. I’m lacking the suicide squad lyrics,
groove, and good melodies. Damn, they’ve done so much better. 3

Chrome Division: 3rd round knockout Chrome Division: 3rd round knockout


Lord K: The Motörhead references are spot on, and I never liked Motörhead. This party rock is just too fucken juvenile for me. 4

InquisitorGeneralis: Even though this band are
total Motörhead wannabes, they don’t suck. This is decent, headbanging
background metal but nothing spectacular. 5

Habakuk: The cliché play is getting a bit worn-out, but still this is well-written, catchy rock material. 6

CadenZ: Sounds like Motörhead with the Volbeat
singer on vox, Eric Peterson of Testament on song-writing and a Frank
Zappa without wit on lyrics. No, you don’t need to hear this. 3

Altmer: “I love to eat pussy”. Sure you do. But
only ugly fat chick pussy. Man, this is almost as subtle as Autopsy, and
twice as shitty. Even Motörhead would be embarrassed to hear this shit.

Anvil: Juggernaut of justice Anvil: Juggernaut of justice


Lord K: The movie was excellent but the band still fucken suck. 3

InquisitorGeneralis: Even with a successful
documentary about how sad their lives are, Anvil are and will always be a
second rate heavy metal band. There is some enjoyable cheesy shit on
here, but Anvil will always be in the farm leagues. 5

Habakuk: Jugger not. 5

CadenZ: Proto-heavy metal with IQ on par with a
gorilla. Yes, it’s fist-pounding-air-compatible, but does it have any
lasting value? No. Fuck no. 3

Altmer: First song opens like we’re back in the
80s, leather and all, maybe some studded spikes courtesy of Judas Priest
(which that song gratuitously rips off too). Even the singer sounds
like Halford. Also, nice Megadeth theft for “New Orleans Voodoo”. The
end result: one very derivative album. 4


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