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Musing for a Minute on Metal (part the second)

Well, the first went down without complaint, so what say we try this again?

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This installment sees Drew and myself pass judgement, yet again, on a release with only one solitary minute being played. Naturally one can’t really get a taste for an album from the first minute alone. With this in mind Drew and myself will also tackle separate tracks with the same premise in mind. Is it possible to get an accurate representation of an album from its first minute? Perhaps not, but we’ll have a blast trying.

As is the tradition with reviews of this type (huh, this is only the second one!) and much in the same way I tackle the Attack of the Compilation pieces I’ve devised a cunning rating scheme for this (exact) purpose.

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Nope, I’m still perplexed

Worst/Avoid this like the proverbial plague – I’d rather spin a vintage Judas Priest album backwards in an insane asylum but not before letting the inmates loose and arming them with bendy straws and plastic sporks.

Ugh – This is like that one jug of milk in the fridge which you can’t for the life of you decide whether it has an odor or not (the date is indecipherable), it’s best not to drink it and you won’t if you have an alternate nearby.

Has Potential – There’s a certain something which elevates this above ignorable. It’s not great but, with a little work, future efforts could well be. “Mmm, suck you do not. Potential you have” in my finest Yoda voice (which isn’t that good).

Impressive – There’s no doubt about it, like a train full of hardened criminals (rapists, murderers, politicians) careening off the tracks into the gaping maw of a smoldering volcano, this is going places (whatever that means!)

Fuck me, this is Good! – Like finding a $50 note on the ground, stop what you’re doing and grab that shit, before it’s gone!

This week sees us laying our ears on a release from the Unique Leader stable. Straight off the bat I’d assume, based on the ‘traditional’ output from the label, that this is better suited to this style of reviewing. But I’ve been mistaken before (…and often. Just ask the wife!) Without further preamble the second victim is;

Organectomy

Organectomy – Existential Disconnect
(New Zealand)
Release – June/ 21/2019
Unique Leader Records
https://uniqueleaderrecords.bandcamp.com/album/existential-disconnect

However, before I wax poetic and try to describe that which you cannot see, a few words on the accompanying artwork. After all talent deserves recognition whether its audio, art or otherwise (and they call me uncivilized).

Damn, there’s a lot going on. The image here depicts what could be described as a struggle between otherworldly forces. Although no conflict is shown a form is depicted plugged into some device or another in an alien landscape overrun with nature amok (but not the type we might be familiar with) all within a terrain which is utterly foreign and undeniably predatory in nature. A trio (or the otherworld forces) looks on from above in the proverbial heavens). The image screams wear me and has the eye- catching appeal to make others ask who is that band? It’s certainly up there with some of my favorite pieces of the year. If I were to make this short, I would say it’s close to being some kind of hybrid between the art seen on recent Inferi and Inanimate Existence releases. Vivid, bright and detailed an air of fantastical seethes from its every pixel. Before I get carried away and traipse deliriously into diatribe-ville a few words on how we’ll approach this release and no special attention based on it originating from the birthplace of my favorite director (Peter Jackson and New Zealand) either.

First off, the introduction/otherwise known as the First Track; Severed from Humanity

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Drews Thoughts – An album that gets right to the Goddamn point. No sound effects, chimes, eerie piano solos, or soliloquy’s to be had here. It hits right out the gate and hits hard. Brutal death style in all manners of production particularly in the vocal department.  Just going off the first minute establishes what this album has to behold and where I’m guessing it’s going to stay. This type of band isn’t one to switch gears and grind to a disappointing slowdown as too often many do. I’m just going to go out on a limb here and rate this with a nice Fuck me, this good!

This album was also released on my birthday, so it’s got that going for it.

Here’s hopping to the next track.

My Thoughts –

Within the first second alone I’m impressed. Who I can only assume is the vocalist can be heard clearing his throat then taking a breath readying for his part in what’s to follow. Then the audio kicks in. Fast, intricate and technical a brutal death/slam style incorporating a tsunamic cavalcade of notes, rhythm changes and a myriad of riffs. Then there’s the drumming. Precise, on point and force of pissed off nature in its intensity. Undeniable chops in the production department takes the sound to another level entirely, unlike many other similar albums in the same genre (based on that which I can only assume thus far in) every instruments role and part in the overall audio combination is crisp and clear making for audio which is pristine. And, wait for it I’m damn impressed even though I’m not usually a fan of the slam genre there’s something about this (even a minute in) that I have a fondness for. I’m going to put the boat before the deluge here and say Fuck me, this is Good!

The Final Track (Drew’s Thoughts on); The Infinite Witness

I chose this track simply because it was the last one and wanted to see how this whole thing held up. It starts out much the same as the first track maintaining straight up destruction of all guitars, drums, and vocal cords for the foreseeable future. It’s not quite the same pace but still a familiar one nonetheless. This is death metal. Nothing more and nothing less. And for this reason alone, it still impressive as all hell for me. In a display of just pure stubbornness, I’m sticking to my guns with this one and holding steady at Fuck Me, this is Good! Just by the fact I want to hear more. Which is exactly what I am going to do now with no listening constraints placed up me.

Track Five (My Thoughts on); Claustrophobic Intent

I’m going into this with a little bias if truth be told, my experience of the first track has left me eager for more of the same. I’m intrigued to put it mildly. Stabbing “springy” riffs start this track off, a more relaxed paced than the track heard before, a tad djent in nature (think Meshuggah). The ‘jump up and down’ style changes with the addition of melody of sorts and guttural vocals (is it just me or is there a playful edge to them?). Galloping riffs join the fray and the track has taken on a brutal death slam style albeit slower than previously heard, add a spot of technicality some guitar techniques which make screeching noises, a break which is sure to plummet the track into absolute chaos (if only for a few seconds) and you have a track which isn’t quite as intriguing as the first (need I say IMO?) the drums aren’t as prominent here, the style isn’t as frenetic, but it still holds the interest and promises fretboard shenanigans and blistering insanity on the menu in the foreseeable future.

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Insane art for the Ingested release entitled “The Architect…”

I’ve downgraded my initial assessment to Impressive. My intrigue is perked the vocals and drumming are especially impressive and there’s something about the style (detectable within even the merest of submergement) which screams decidedly ‘not just slam’. Much like my initial experience with a similar band (again I’m making an assumption here, as I’ve not heard this all the way through) in the form of (Britain’s) Ingested, I’m left wanting more!

 

Well there you have it, another entry in the books. Feel free to tell me what you think. If you’ve heard the album in its entirety how does it compare with our assessments? Is it better, worse, is it worth a complete listen, three, six? A purchase and placement in the amassed audio library? Who should we cover as a future “victim”?

Until next our paths of audio interest meet,

Cult