Internal Suffering – Awakening Of The Rebel

“I am Ouranos, the child of… CHAOS!”

Well, quite clearly you are. Colombian (though now New Yorker) brutal tech-death stalwarts Internal Suffering have been kicking ass with their pummeling style for a decade this year, and there are no signs of slowing down. With their fourth LP ‘Awakening Of The Rebel’, Internal Suffering have proven that their special brand of insanity has not grown stale, but the exact opposite: their assault has merely become more focused and refined, exhibiting some of the finest and most schizophrenic death metal this year. I’ll pause to let any self-respecting death metal fan run out and pick this up. Go on, I’ll wait.

For those of you that aren’t clued in to what the kids are listening to these days, Internal Suffering play an extremely pummeling, chaotic, and technical brand of death metal that shows influences from many but devotion to none. The most apt description of the music would be a combination of old Kataklysm with new Origin, resulting in music that infuses ripping technicality into the sort of wide-eyed frenzy that is so rarely seen in death metal these days. The opening title track sets the tone for the rest of the CD: an incredible gravity blast from drummer Fabio Ramirez, buzzsaw riffs from Andres Usma and Andrés Garcia, and some vocals from Fabio Marin that would make Sylvain Houde shit himself in terror at their very intensity. Internal Suffering is a band that has never in their history been at want for a dedication to pointed extremity; except, of course, for always wanting more.

The cover art of this album sums up the content within very well: Swirling, gorgeous chaos with only a tenuous connection to reality. The operative word of this release is most certainly ‘chaos’; not a moment goes by without some new, bizarre pattern emerging. Vocals are very frequently double-tracked with high and low pitches, only enhancing the entropy of the musical backing. The technical and physical skill of the musicians is upheld by incredible tracks like ‘Masters Of Sorcery’, which packs enough machinegun gravity blasting and fretboard gymnastics to suffice for the entire album of a lesser band. ‘Awakening Of The Rebel’ only gets more intense as it goes on, never letting down for even the briefest reprieve from its invulnerable assault on what we mortals know as ‘music’.

Unfortunately, almost as soon as it begins, ‘Awakening Of The Rebel’ is over. Clocking in at under 28 minutes, the album leaves the listener wanting more. Granted, this is certainly a desirable quality to such music overstaying its welcome, but I can’t help but shake the feeling that just a couple more tracks would make the listening experience flawless. Regardless of this complaint, little more needs to be said: ‘Awakening Of The Rebel’ is a great album from a great band, and most certainly a necessary purchase for any self-respecting fan of extreme music. Buy or die. Just remember that the former will very likely result in the latter.

(Originally written for http://www.vampire-magazine.com)

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~ by noktorn on December 8, 2006.

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