Audio Autopsy – March 2008

Audio Autopsy – March 2008

01/03/08  ||  Global Domination

Vicious Art: Pick up this sick child Vicious Art: Pick up this sick child


Lord K: One of Sweden’s finest live bands return
with “Pick up this sick child”. And with it they take their quality
death/thrash/whatever a bit further up the mountain. With clever
arrangements, catchy riffs and 2 of the best voice-combinations in
metal, Vicious Art can’t fucken fail. And they won’t. It’s time they get
their deserved attention now. 9

Desolator: Vicious Art have won my attention by
leaving a physically and mentally deformed motherfucker of a baby on my
doorstep. What can possibly go wrong with crushing death metal combined
with effective hooks? Looks like I’ve got an album to pick up soon
before this kid throws up on me again. 9

Hanging Limbs: This is one of the best AA’s I’ve
had the pleasure of participating in, some real first rate stuff. My 1-5
keys are feeling lonely. 8

Stephen Fallen: Death metal album of the year? Yeah, probably. 8

Abyss: If I had heard this album before the new
year it would’ve without a doubt ended up on my Top 5 of 2007. I hope
everyone with the faintest inclination towards blackened death metal
with awesome vocals, amazing riffs, creative and tasteful drumming and
fascinating lyrics take note of Vicious Art’s wonderful art. A very
close 10. 9

Seker: Sporting some of the weirdest lyrics this
side of Pan.Thy.Monium, Vicious Art rip and tear their way through old
school death metal convention with some inspiring vicious (bet you
didn’t see that coming) material. The percussive groove riffs and gnarly
bass sound remind me a bit of Seance’s second album (always a good
thing), and the vocal tandem attack of the legendary Jörgen Sandström
and Dominion Caligula’s Jocke Widfeldt is deliciously brutal. 7

The Monolith Deathcult: Trivmvirate The Monolith Deathcult: Trivmvirate


Lord K: TMD has a passion
for chaotic death metal, that’s for sure. I remember I liked that last
album of theirs, though it’s nothing I listen to on a daily basis. I
just recall it was full of good and blasting death metal. It’s no
different this time around. Bonus points for the small electronic bits
thrown in here and there. That gives it all a fresh fucken touch. 7

Desolator: Well, this is something very original in
a good way. I love how these guys have mixed their death metal with
some killer industrialish and symphonic shit. Along with TPH, Aborym and Iperyt, TMDC are another band that have effectively mixed musical styles that wouldn’t normally be caught dead in the same song. 8

Hanging Limbs: Definitely the best name of all the
AA bands this month. It reflects the music well, which is incredibly
inspired and grand. Much like The Project Hate, they effectively
incorporate a ton of influences and styles into the music. The amount of
potential this band has is ridiculous. 8

Stephen Fallen: Wow, cinematic keys, trippy and
fucking tasteful electronics, cheesy aboriginal chants, fun, craziness,
monolithic riffs, raspy growls, tight song writing and death metal. I
can’t tell if this band is comically serious or just pulling my leg – I
don’t care either. This album is fucking awesome. I love it. 8

Abyss: Fusing potent and brutal death metal with
traces of doom and synthesizer-sounds, The Monolith Deathcult serves up
an album that’s every inch as impressive as Behemoth’s and Nile’s past
few albums. A large part of this album is so good and violent that I had
to wipe out a couple of endangered species the first time I heard it.
Brutal, catchy, unpredictable and memorable. Great. 8

Seker: Sorry guys, but there’s only one deathcult
that I’m a member of, and that’s The Chasm’s. You’ll have to take your
Zyklon riffs and your keyboards someplace else. 3

Facebreaker: Dead, rotten and hungry Facebreaker: Dead, rotten and hungry


Lord K: Congratulations, Facebreaker. Despite the
shitty moniker, you guys have it all nailed down when it comes to death
metal the way I fucken love it.
The groove is there, the fantastic vocals courtesy of Robban is there,
the production is there and the fucken memorable songs are there as
well. You can do nothing wrong. I take a bow. 9

Desolator: Fuck… this made me bang my head so hard
that I broke my face on the computer screen. I should still be able to
continue my services on GD though. 7

Hanging Limbs: With a name like Facebreaker, I’m
almost disappointed with the lack of tough guy aesthetics. On the other
hand, I’m still recovering from the meat wagon that just rolled over my
head when I put this album on. This is bludgeoning redefined. 7

Stephen Fallen: There are five amazing songs on this album. Unfortunately, it’s a ten track cd and the other five songs don’t measure up. 6

Abyss: What Facebreaker got going for them is a
formidable growler and some pretty smoking, though unoriginal, riffs and
bits. Nothing new under the sun but what you get is definitely
enjoyable. 7

Seker: By-the-numbers old school Swedish death
metal that isn’t very memorable by any stretch of the imagination. At
least it’s not some deathcore piece of crap like I thought it was going
to be. 5

Dismember: Dismember Dismember: Dismember


Lord K: Dismember wouldn’t know how to sound like
anything else but Dismember. They have been doing this particular style
for about 500 years now and there’s no letting up. It doesn’t matter
that creative force/drummer Fred Estby took his basketball fills and
left the court, Dismember sounds like they always did. And I definitely
applaud that. 7

Desolator: Chunky beef death metal is to be
expected here, and boy was it injected into my ears. Dismember’s new
effort is very, very solid. If you dig downtuned madness, you should
grab this. Simplistic, rotten and effective. “Under A Bloodred Sky”
holds some tunes that are similar to those of Vader’s “Dark Age”. 8

Hanging Limbs: The seemingly random bits of
traditional heavy metal make this disc even more fun than it would be
otherwise. These olde-tyme heroes know exactly how their music should
sound and I can’t complain. “Dismember” destroys the last Entombed disc,
that’s for sure. 7

Stephen Fallen: Even during the best of times I’m
not a huge Dismember fan and their past couple albums belong in the
sewer with all the other shit. This album, on the other hand, is
actually kind of good. It’s not “Everflowing Stream”, but it’s definitely worth a listen for fans of early that early 90’s Swedish shit. 6

Abyss: You can tell this is a pretty good AA-month
when death metal legends Dismember aren’t among the best bands for me.
Still, Dismember are just like Bolt Thrower; reliable and with a very
high standard, even at their worst. 6

Seker: Heh heh, sounds like they got their old guitar sound back. I’m loving the seamless combination of brutality and NWOBHM
melodic work on this release, particularly on songs like “Tide of
Blood” where a melodic phrase will have a crushing, brutal resolution.
Surprisingly enough, the new guys actually mesh pretty well with
Dismember’s well-established sound while still managing to have a unique
sense of style. 7

Meshuggah: obZen Meshuggah: obZen


Lord K: There’s alot of talk about how Meshuggah’s
went back to their old, glory days with this album. Then I must be
completely fucken deaf becoz I don’t hear much of it. It’s nice to get some
straighter beats and riffs though, something Meshuggah’s not exactly
spoiled us with since “Destroy, Erase, Penis”. Still they have a long
way to go before being on par with that masterpiece. As a whole, this is
definitely a little easier to get into than the last 400 albums, which
is nice. The opening of “Bleed” is just fucken unreal, by the way. 7

Desolator: Hmm, did the guy in the cover art
conduct an anal probe? Whether he did or not, this is some awesome
downtuned thrashy shit. It sounds like the drumming is intentionally out
of time, and the results aren’t bad. I can see the capitalization is
out of time too, hence the uppercase “Z”. Since the tunes here sound
pretty awesome, the awkward spelling is justified. And yeah, I wouldn’t
like to get drunk with that anal probing guy in the cover. But then
again, beer is beer. 7

Hanging Limbs: These guys almost always find a way
to sound fresh. Lots of bass and buzzsaw here, along with a first rate
lesson in all things rhythm. 7

Stephen Fallen: A lot of people hoped “obZen” would
be a return to the ‘Shug’s earlier “Destroy Erase Improve” sound. It
isn’t, not really, but it is more enjoyable than “Nothing” and “Catch
33”. The main appeal comes from an increase in speed and a sense of
forward momentum, two things those plodding prior releases lacked. 7

Abyss: Talk about a return to form! Though I really
liked “Catch 33” and “I”, I’m glad to hear Meshuggah once again writing
actual songs with an beginning, middle and end. There’s some really
really strong riffs and song-structures on “obZen” and very little
filler-material. 8

Seker: This record sounded very promising for the
first five minutes, like an updated take on their second album with more
ambiance to it, but after a while, it just got annoying. Polyrhythmic
drumming be damned; you can only grind a recombinant patterns of DUN DUN DUN into your listener’s skull for so long. I’ll stick to Autechre’s new album for my odd-time percussion fix, thanks. 3

Decrepit Birth: Diminishing between worlds Decrepit Birth: Diminishing between worlds


Lord K: Sometimes bands tend to get lost within
their own technicality, forgetting that songs have to groove and at
least have a bunch of accessible parts to actually be remembered after
the first listen. Decrepit Birth is definitely one of those bands. Too
much, too soon, too often. But fun to listen to for a few minutes. 4

Desolator: Thanks to the namesake, I expected full
on br00tal goregrind that I would find blocking my fucken toilet.
Thankfully I was wrong about that. There is enough guitar wankery to
fill the band’s amp crates with the fretboard ejaculated output. Over
the top technical music isn’t usually my thing, but I should fret not,
for there are many moments where the technicality adds to my enjoyment.
There’s also some good groove and melody. But yeah, these fellas need to
be careful with their fingers so they don’t get carpal tunnel. 7

Hanging Limbs: Anyone hoping for goregrind will be
disappointed. If you were hoping for technical death metal with enough
brutality and cohesive chaos to get you through your day, then look no
further. 8

Stephen Fallen: Decrepit Birth’s first album was a
dull brutal death metal affair. “Diminishing Between Worlds” is a
different, better sort of beast with lots of good solos (think
Schuldiner, only not quite) and a cleaner sound. It’s an enjoyable
listen from start to finish. 7

Abyss: When you’re called Decrepit Birth I expect
some hardhitting fucking death, not a limp slap on the wrist. Despite
flaring solos and blastbeats left and right I’m left with a distinct
sense of… not very much. 4

Seker: Well, fuck me! I had Decrepit Birth pegged
as a Disgorge rip-off (in other words, a rip-off of a rip-off of a
rip-off of Suffocation), but these Californian death metallers really
kick things up a notch on this album, mixing highly emotive and engaging
melodic work into their brutal death metal degeneracy. BAM! 7

Hate: Morphosis Hate: Morphosis


Lord K: Polish death metal, you all know what that means. 7

Desolator: Hate sports the dream moniker while
delivering the music that fulfills any death metal fan’s dream. This
album even has acoustic passages and industrial tunes but it’s mostly
the solid death metal that exists. This music is aggressive and groovy
like a hooker with demons fucking her in the ass from the inside.
“Omega” is a fantastic track. 7

Hanging Limbs: Please don’t spare any creativity with your name. Oh, all is forgiven, you guys rock sorta hard. 6

Stephen Fallen: Sure, Shaq will make the Phoenix
Suns a better rebounding team. And he’ll block some shots, ignite some
fast breaks and be a powerful defensive force under the basket. All that
stuff is great, but the experiment will ultimately fail because: A.)
Shaq and Steve Nash are both terrible at defending the pick and roll.
B.) The Lakers and Spurs are both very good at running the pick and
roll. C.) Shaq is currently playing 30 minutes a game and at that rate
he’ll need a Segway to get up and down the court come April. The thing
that drives me crazy? The Suns could have gotten Kevin Garnet for
Marion, 6 million in contracts and a few lottery picks last summer. That
would have made them better now and in the future. Instead they wait until mid-season and make a knee-jerk trade that won’t work. 4

Abyss: Polish death metal, you know that’s gonna be
some quality shit! Hate impressed me greatly with the last album and
I’m glad to hear that they still kick unholy ass on “Morphosis”.
Slightly more variation to the vocals would’ve been nice but that’s
nitpicking. 7

Seker: These guys are Polish? They sure don’t sound
like it. They do sound pretty cool though: blackened death metal with
lots of weird little things thrown in. The drums are fast as hell, and
though this album is a bit modern-sounding for my taste, I can’t fault
their skills. 5

Dark Fortress: Eidolon Dark Fortress: Eidolon


Lord K: My next band is going to be named Bright
Shining Castle and then I’m going on tour with these mongoloids. They
will be the support act coz their wellplayed (semi) black metal will be
the perfect build-up to the powerful power metal of power that I will
play with Bright Shining Castle. 6

Desolator: I’ve heard strip-teases from the other
Dark Fortress albums and those provoked a fortified boner from me for
sure. That’s why I knew this was going to be good. In fact it’s even
better than I expected. Fuck I LOVE this shit.
With “Eidolon”, Dark Fortress have outdone whatever previous material I
heard from them. This puts some of the best elements of Watain and
Naglfar into an illegal boxing match, forcing them to fight for their
lives. The atmosphere is very strong and the melodies are executed very
effectively. 8

Hanging Limbs: Guess how this band sounds. Here’s a
clue: their name is the English translation of “Dimmu Borgir”. If you
guessed symphonic black metal, you win a cookie – but be forewarned,
it’s an evil cookie. 6

Stephen Fallen: I’m reading Gene Wolfe’s “Pirate
Freedom” at the moment and it’s really good. It’s sort of a condensed
“The Wizard Knight”, with the high fantasy setting replaced by a 17th
century Caribbean one. Wolfe is the best fantasy/Sci-fi author of the
past 20 years, but his books never sell as well as trash like Terry
Goodkind’s “Sword of Truth” novels (probably because they have lame
names like “The Wizard Knight” and “Pirate Freedom”.) Anyway, check out
his work, especially if the term ‘unreliable narrator’ makes you wiggly
with delight. 4

Abyss: Melody-heavy black metal that I’ve already given my two cents about here. 7

Seker: Holy shit, Tom G. Warrior’s guest vocals on
“Baphomet” are fucking diabolical! Other than that, there isn’t a lot
here that I haven’t heard before, and though a few parts interesting,
it’s a bit of a chore to sit through this whole album. They’re pretty
much a less interesting Watain with some more stop-start riffs. 4

Legion Of The Damned: Feel the blade Legion Of The Damned: Feel the blade


Lord K: Are these guys hyped? I have a feeling they
are. Then lemme ask you one thing: why? Is it becoz of the shitty
vocals or the quite boring thrash metal they play? Or is it a
combination? Whatever it is, I don’t give a fuck since this is boring
music for boring people. 4

Desolator: This heavy thrashing death is pretty
awesome! The grooves and riffs are strong, but it gets a bit samey after
a while. Yawning of the damned. But still, nothing I’d piss on. I’m
sure I’ll give it another listen, but not all the fucken album in one
sitting, lest I become as restless as a mountain lion in a cage on his
own. 6

Hanging Limbs: I have no patience for generic thrash riffs that I’ve heard 1000 times before. 4

Stephen Fallen: Why don’t you stop reading this
article, John, and get your life in order. If your name is John and you
happen to be high, chances are I just blew your mind. 4

Abyss: Didn’t this band just release a full-length?
Productive little fuckers, good thing that they manage to maintain such
a high quality on their thrash-writing. This is actually a better album
as a whole then “Sons of the jackal” (which in retrospect quickly lost
its luster) with some really cool songs like “Nocturnal predator”. 7

Seker: Legion of the Damned’s overproduced death
metal goes in one ear and out the other. Why would you bother putting
riffs this forgettable on an album? At least they can be proud of the
fact that their name is really fucking dorky. 4

Rage: Carved in stone Rage: Carved in stone


Lord K: I’m not one of the 2 people who claim they are fans of Rage. 3

Desolator: Don’t let the moniker fool you, there is
no fucken rage whatsoever. There’s not even a grain of anger in this
shit, there’s only boredom. When I heard the lyrics “Go away, drop dead,
this would be a better world”, I kinda wished this album would do just
that. Lots of points were lost just because of the fucken terrible “Lord
Of The Flies” track. That track almost made me puke, and only the
beer’s supposed to do that to me! 2

Hanging Limbs: Audioslave was alright, but all the
talk of the Rage reunion made me wonder if Tom Morello and Zach De La
Rocha could still make decent music together. Instead of “Bulls on
Parade”, we get progressive/power metal for lonely Europeans… what
gives? 5

Stephen Fallen: Go play “Portal”. The cake may be a lie, but I swear you’ll find yourself satisfied. 5

Abyss: After completely falling of my radar with
the last couple of albums I’m happy to announce that Rage seem to be
back in good form, and it only took me 5:21 min to realize this. Opening
track “Carved in stone” is classic (well, semi-classic since they sorta
revamped their sound around “XIII” or so) Rage from the howling leads
to the majestic chorus and Peavy’s rough voice. The rest of the album is
good as well, but now and then I miss Mike Terrana going apeshit on the
drums. 8

Seker: The technical bass work and occasional
semi-thrashy sections are a bit interesting. Too bad the whole thing is
shot through with a bunch of power metal. Just say no to power metal,
kids. 3

Avantasia: The scarecrow Avantasia: The scarecrow


Lord K: There’s no denying this shit is well
composed and ambitious as fuck. Easy listening, cheese and (hard)rock.
Avantasia is only recognized becoz of the millions of famous and
semi-famous guest musicians they have on each and every album. I don’t
think that recognition is completely justified since it’s nothing but
pretentious rock when it comes down to it. 5

Desolator: Unfortunately, the music is not as
awesome as the cover art. I really like the first song, but the rest is
as exciting as reading a shopping receipt. It must take a lot of talent
and conviction to sing like this guy does, but it’s not my bottle of
beer (especially the overly sleazy shit). A song title like “The Toy
Master” sounds a little bit pedophilic, by the way. Is this what we call
“power metal”? If so, I can see why it’s so shunned by the GD faction. 4

Hanging Limbs: Say whatever you want about Edguy
and power metal in general, but this disc is undeniably catchy and may
just be a true achievement for the style. Chest hair not included. 7

Stephen Fallen: I’m going to do something different
for this month’s AA. Instead of coming up with increasingly silly and
convoluted ways to say, “This album is a fucking waste of time,” I’m
simply going to talk about random shit. For instance, No More Heroes is a
lot of fun. I am a little disappointed with the story (especially after
Killer 7 blew my mind), but waving the Wii Remote to decapitate
enemies’ heads is a visceral thrill that’ll never get old. 3

Abyss: I’ve never been much of a fan of Tobias
Sammet and his merry men in Edguy and I’m even less impressed with his
further explorations into elven homoeroticism under the name Avantasia.
It’s wellplayed and the guest singers (notably Alice Cooper, Roy Kahn
and Jorn Lande) are ace but all in all it’s so heartstoppingly lacking
any resemblance of balls I simply have to assume this will be bought by
Germans and butch lesbians exclusively. 3

Seker: Apparently, this isn’t just Avantasia; this
is Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia. Seriously, look at the cover. I’m gonna
give this sub-Eurovision powerless metal the old heave-ho and listen to
Kai Hansen’s Helloween. 2

Suicide Silence: The cleansing Suicide Silence: The cleansing


Lord K: Why is it that sometimes you just know what
a band will deliver without even hearing them? And can someone, for the
love of all competent drummers, teach this skin-fucko how to play a
decent fast beat without cheating? Completely irrelevant music for the
14-year old who just grew out of his Slipknot shoes and now wants
something more “brutal”. Man, look further. Alot fucken further. 3

Desolator: According to the bio, the influences are
death metal, grindcore, hardcore and doom metal. This has a filthy and
brutal sound, but it’s not really that exciting. It doesn’t sound too
bad, and there are some killer moments for sure. But as I listen to
this, I think about how much I’d rather be listening to Mistress. 6

Hanging Limbs: Both suicide and silence would be better alternatives to Suicide Silence. 3

Stephen Fallen: The penis drew his blade. There was
no going back – it was a fight only the wiener would walk away from. No
mercy would be granted, no quarter given. Holding his sword in a Pflug
stance, the penis called down to his pursuers, “Know that I will fight
to my death to protect the sanctity of Knob Hill”. With that, he charged
into their midst… (To learn more, look for my upcoming book “The
Spontaneous Erection of the Bishop’s Giant Hammer”). 3

Abyss: According to Wikipedia (that’s where I go
for… y’know, the truth) SS is a deathcore band. According to me they’re a
good death metal band. I’m still not sure if the two are mutually
exclusive, but until I make up my mind I’m gonna keep enjoying “The
Cleansing”. 6

Seker: Ha ha, that little noise they throw in every
minute or so to prevent piracy is pretty awesome. I’d rather listen to
forty minutes of that than this breakdown-dependent pile of horse feces
they call an album. 2

Machinae Supremacy: Overworld Machinae Supremacy: Overworld


Lord K: Happy metal should be forbidden. And
everyone playing it should be shot. And take a look at these lyrics
taken from the title track, it reflects the music perfectly: “We’ve died a million times but we are not the walking dead. So fucking far from gone, we jump around and bang our heads”. You won’t fucken jump around anywhere near me, that’s for sure. 3

Desolator: Ooh look at me! I can record some
electronically augmented cheese! This album is so bad that if you get
arrested for stealing this, you are a dumb fuck and should get life
imprisonment. And what’s with the stolen Super Mario Brothers tunes in
the last song? I like cheese, but only the sliced kind that I eat with
bread. And no butter or Vegemite is allowed. 2

Hanging Limbs: What the hell is this Disney metal bullshit? 3

Stephen Fallen: Do you have some interesting recipes? Send them to me, I’m always in the mood to try exciting new dishes! 2

Abyss: Self-labeled as “SID-metal” I find myself wishing Machinae Supremacy was more of both SID
and metal. “Redeemer” was an album moderate on the game-sounds but with
some really strong riffs and choruses, “Overworld” on the other hand
have even less electronic parts then its predecessor and very little in
the way of hooks and riffs. A disappointment. 5

Seker: Radio-friendly rock/metal with a lot of
electronics. The electronic stuff is pretty cool. The ultra-generic
modern rock isn’t. 4

The Agony Scene: Get damned The Agony Scene: Get damned


Lord K: For some reason I thought these guys were
from Denmark. I’m fucken happy they aren’t coz it’d be a shame to live
so close to that country if they were. TAS can take their hideous metal/hardcore hybrid and blow an army of goats. Don’t forget to swallow. 3

Desolator: Get damned? How about you get fucked?
This album sucks hard and should not be allowed in a store, let alone
in a fucken cd slot of any kind. Not even my asshole or toilet. Somehow,
I knew this would be shit. I also suspect (and hope) this may come
last. 1

Hanging Limbs: Metalcore is the agony scene. 5

Stephen Fallen: The single player campaign of “Call
of Duty 4” presents some really interesting ideas. En route to one
mission location, a dirty nuke explodes and knocks your transport
chopper out of the sky. Your character is stricken with a deadly case of
radiation poisoning and you control him as he crawls aimlessly around a
ruined city, until he dies. It’s a very cool scene, but the emotional
impact is lost because the character has no personality, no origin, no
story… nothing to connect or endear him to the player. It’s a shame,
because that scene had potential to be a defining moment in video game
history. Instead, it’s merely a cool idea that will be forgotten about
in 5 years. 2

Abyss: America’s take on melodic death is a failure
in all aspects, I think that’s been proven time and time again. So why
do they keep trying? 2

Seker: Get fucked! They’ve got an emo name, they’re
on Century Media in 2008, and they mix up chugga-chugga riffs with
weepy melodic shit. I believe this genre is called AIDS metal. 1


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