Impending Doom (United States Of America) – Nailed. Dead. Risen.

This is exactly the sort of thing I like in deathcore; it’s really not self-conscious at all and the band makes absolutely no effort to make any more than breakdowns and grinding tremolo riffs.  They happen to talk about Jesus, but I don’t really care since their music is better than about 90% of secular bands out there.  This is perhaps as stripped-down as deathcore can possibly get, and it plays like a jaunt through a Wikipedia article on the genre.  It’s fucking AWESOME.

This is a lot like Waking The Cadaver in essence, but with a more binary sense of structure.  It follows the tried and true blast/groove format, but it’s oddly devoid of bridges or, for that matter, anything that isn’t part of that format.  It’s kind of cool that a lot of the faster sections aren’t pure blasting; they reside more in the realm of uptempo thrash beats.  The tremolo riffs are surprisingly memorable at times, especially when you’re dealing with a form of music when they’re generally just used to build tension for release at the breakdowns.

The breakdowns are AMAZING.  They’re incredibly dumb and generally feature only one chord a piece.  They all sound the same.  It’s so goddamn stupid, I just completely love it.  It probably sounds so great because the vocals are very aggressive, the guitars are tuned to fucking Zb or something, and the drums have a really fantastic, snappy tone.  The production as a whole is a triumph.  The guitars are sick and massive, must be layered like thirty times, and the drums are particularly notable; the snare especially has a really brutal sound that I greatly enjoy, kind of reminds me of Morbid Angel’s ‘Covenant’.

It seems silly to me for people to actually get angry about music like this and talk about how much it sucks.  It’s not like this album is attempting to be fucking ‘In The Nightside Eclipse’ or whatever high-minded thing you want it to be.  It’s nothing but breakdowns and tremolo riffs and whining about that is sort like whining about Mortician having too many samples and not enough acoustic guitar parts.  It’s just about the purest form of deathcore I can imagine and as such most of you reading this will probably hate it, but if you love massive, thunderous breakdowns and buzzing tremolo riffs you’ll likely enjoy this as much as I do.

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~ by noktorn on July 20, 2008.

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