Melancholy Pessimism – Global Terrorization

‘Global Terrorization’ is the sound of a band that desperately wants to experiment but is worried about alienating their audience.  The music here is fairly brutal and technical death metal laced with all sorts of creative elements like melodies lifted from swing and lounge music, Slavic style gang vocals, an unusual aesthetic focused on modern life and society, and a dozen other equally interesting and cool ideas, but Melancholy Pessimism is afraid to really go for the jugular and submerge the otherwise traditional death metal fully in these experimental elements.  It’s good music, but it’s sort of frustrating that the band has the potential to do so much but doesn’t go further.

The root music of Melancholy Pessimism has stuff you’ve heard before: pretty straightforward technical/brutal death metal with a lot of discordant tremolo riffs and blast beats with the occasional midpaced twist that occasionally approaches a breakdown.  The music is generally extremely fast-paced, with gravity blasts abounding and roaring vocals an omnipresent force in the musical soundstream.  Without the experimental elements, Melancholy Pessimism is pretty good.  The music has a real aura of intensity about them caused pretty much just through the immensely high speed and swift rhythmic changes, giving it a feel of twisting and turning chaos not dissimilar to an artist like Internal Suffering, albeit with less entropic technicality.  But it’s really the experimental elements that make Melancholy Pessimism more notable than most of the same breed.

The album opens (and closes) with a jazzy piece of lounge music right out of a ’60s spy movie before bursting into hyperspeed brutal death metal.  ‘Perpetual Disablement’ opens with swinging trumpets over an echoing guitar riff before dropping entirely and leaving the listener with what is essentially jazzy rock and roll in death metal form.  All the songs are laced with shouted gang vocals and strange riffing that delights in tossing incisive sweep riffs or strange, high chords at the ends of phrases.  Closer ‘Dance! Dance!’ is right out of the Fear Factory style of industrialized death metal, with dancey rhythms and strange electronic effects throughout.  Melancholy Pessimism actually masterfully incorporates these strange elements, and the only problem with them is that they’re NOT DONE ENOUGH.  Too much of this album is merely ‘normal’ brutal death metal, and it’s these strange elements that make it incredibly memorable and worthwhile.  If they could make a full album of weird lounge influences and lyrics about G7, they would probably land on one of the best death metal albums ever made.

But they didn’t, so ‘Global Terrorization’ is merely very good.  I definitely want to hear more of Melancholy Pessimism to see if they’ve gone a bit further on their other works, as this shows the workings of a band who totally knows how to fuse unlikely sounds together in compelling ways.  Definitely recommended for those into unusual death metal that’s willing to experiment, even if they do get scared from time to time and revert back to the standards.

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~ by noktorn on May 28, 2008.

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