I haven't done one of these in a few months, and I think we're about due.
on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly we're going to look at three new
brutal death metal albums. This tends to be one of those sub-genres
that's a little bit samey, so the bad entries are usually not terrible
and the good entries are rarely amazing. That's certainly true here, as
none of these are anywhere near the best or worst I've heard this year.
previous Hour of Penance album back in 2012 was one of my favorite
brutal death metal albums of the past few years, so I had high hopes
coming into this one. While I don't think Regicide packs quite
as much punch as its predecessor, this is still a good album. It's
heavy, well-rounded, and surprisingly catchy. The bass presence lends
some dimension to the bottom end, and the guitar leads are surprisingly
well-formulated. This is in no way groundbreaking stuff, but it's an
Bleeding were part of the original brutal death metal scene that
emerged out of New York in the early '90s. They never got the same level
of acclaim as their contemporaries in Suffocation, for the crushingly
simple reason that they were never anywhere close to as good. They still
deserve a modicum of historical respect, but that only goes so far.
Just yesterday (maybe the day before, if I wait to post this) they
released their first album in ten years. It's . . . not good. The
vocals, which might work in a thrashier old-school Florida death metal
band, just sound weak here against the musical assault. The obnoxious
drum tone sounds like somebody knocking on a wooden table, the riffs are
boring and samey, the songs are mind-numbingly repetitive, and overall
this was just unpleasant in all the wrong ways.
isn't so much ugly as it is bland. Origin have always been tremendously
skilled musicians, and that's still true. They have been more
interesting at times, but on this album they fall into that oh-so-common
trap of being technical and heavy just for the sake of being technical
and heavy. Nothing about this made me want to turn it off, but nothing
made me care either. The entire album, like the cover art, is a tangled mess of details that is too cluttered for anything to stand out and grab your attention. It's just a shame that such a talented band haven't
put their abilities to better use.