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Inverted Serenity – As Spectres Wither Album Review- 8.9/10 \m/

Inverted Serenity

As Spectres Wither

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Releases October 6, 2017

Inverted Serenity is:

Benjamin Deveau (Moira) – Drums
Drew Peacock (Parasitism) – Guitars, Vocals
Marc-André Simard – Guitars, Vocals
Tomas Ingham (Madeira, Deterrent) – Bass, Vocals

Tracklist:

1. Dead Dialectics
2. Mitral Genesis
3. We Who Wander
4. Cornerstones
5. Paragon
6. Mechanical Gods
7. Grave
8. Lunar Cradle
9. Mountains of Stoke (Hidden Track)

Inverted Serenity began their journey back in 2009 to create an eclectic blend of all things metal to be molded into a form of heavy music that will appeal to the masses, from the black metal, death metal, and even some hardcore and thrash mixed in. They are like an eight headed beast ready to rip through all barriers and norms to deliver an album that can be played start to finish without hearing the same thing twice.

Inverted Serenity had this to say about the album:

“For us, this album represents a great leap forward both in terms of production quality and song writing. We were more familiar with the process of writing and recording this time around and that experience went a long way in making this album better sonically and musically. With that said, we don’t really have a consistent formula for writing songs nor do we really limit ourselves to a specific genre or style. This translates into a varied album that pulls a little something from our diverse influences. It’s eclectic but cohesive, at least we hope so!”

With that said, lets get listening and break a few tracks down.

Dead Dialectics

This track starts out with a really good solid melodic acoustic guitar and around the :30 mark you get a little bit from another guitar and then the drums join in and it just slowly builds and builds until you reach roughly the one minute mark with vocals at 1:06 in and this song has a bit an extreme metal feel already.  what a cool build up to listen to and it really gets the listener ready for whats to come (or so I thought). The vocals are chaotic and you can hear there’s multiple vocalists at this point sounds to be about three,  all handling their respective ranges and I really dig how right around the 1:50 mark the song starts to build up and then as soon as we reach the two-minute mark things have gone even more chaotic.Right around the 4:30 second mark we get a little bit of a guitar solo and it sounds like the guitar solos are swapping and they’re just building off of each other.  Right around the 4:53 mark I like how the drums follow the particular guitar solo riff. The song is not bad, and clocks in around 6:11 minutes long. The song ends just as melodic as it began,  such an  interesting track to start the album with, but next we got to check out Mitral Genesis.

Mitral genesis

This song starts out with some heavy fuzz on the guitars and some heavy drums sounds almost like its going to be heavy on the extreme metal spontaneity.  When the vocals join in around 20 seconds in, it just sounds as if two of the guys or trading off lines and shortly after they build up a little bit more. However the sound of this song is not like the previous track, it’s got almost a different feel to it, and a different sound but I’m interested to see what this one plays out to be like. Around the 1:10 mark, they play this section where they build up until what sounds almost like a chorus up to the 1:30 mark. This is a really catchy section it’s similar to extreme or blackened melodic metal sounding with a guitar solo that comes out of that right around the 1:40 section. I am  really digging the sound of that guitar during that solo also its captivating to listen to,  it really grabs my attention. Coming out of the(roughly)  2:30 mark they come out of that infectious section and then go into a different sounding section altogether where the vocals are like almost rapping the lyrics yet still maintaining the vocal characteristics for a heavy hitting song. The song is actually pretty good, I like this so far better than the previous track it’s a little catchier, though I do find that these guys are a little bit out of the norm with their sound in delivery. That is what is compelling me to keep on listening.

We who Wander

This is the third track and this one has a slow chugging guitar riff with drums that follow nicely with a double bass roll. They play out a few bars of this rhythm, and then coming in right around the :23 mark they get into the next section with vocals joining in at the :36 mark. Again this song doesn’t sound like the last one, so far in three songs I’ve heard about seven different styles of metal played. It really is quite interesting to see a band that’s really an amalgam of all different styles of metal and even some hardcore characteristics in their music. Blending the extreme sound that they’ve got with what sounds like a hardcore/metal style from the early to mid 90’s. They come out of that with a guitar solo starting around the 1:45 mark that’s actually surprisingly melodic doesn’t even sound like it fits the same song but yet it does fit. In how they placed it and how they play it. This song is pretty badass and right around the 2:20 mark they get a little bit melodic and then they they bring up the speed with some fucking blast beats right around that 2:40 into it where it’s almost like a blackened melodic death metal sort of chorus and it is very catchy. This is going to be one of my most played songs off this album I’ve found myself to be spinning this track the most I just really dig them a lot exception in the middle it’s captivating in chaotic yet soothing.

Cornerstones starts off like a hardcore metal song you got the the floor tom to snare that classic sort of hard core build up beat and then they go into a hardcore grinding sort of rhythm. Again another track that’s nothing like the previous ones. I wanted to break down all the tracks, but I want the listeners to check this album out themselves. If you find yourself to be a fan of any metal genre, you’re going to find a characteristic from Inverted Serenity that you will like. They appeal to so many different listeners with all the different styles that they are fusing within their own music. Cornerstones starts out with that hardcore sound then they get into radio rock similar to like clutch or  something bluesy and then right around the 3:20 mark they throw in these clean vocals that are  not like pop sounding clean vocals at all. They’re not like emo sounding clean vocals either,  these are essentially cleans and they’re also being yelled at points so while they are clean vocals they’re not your typical cleans and as odd as I thought they sounded at first I’ve spun this track a few times and it fits I don’t know how these guys develop their music but they piece so many things together and make them fit and it’s quite impressive the only way I can describe it as they are essentially a band of organized chaos.

Paragon starts out with a slower and heavier feel to it, but i love the accents on the cymbals during that beginning sequence. when the first set of vocals come in they hav a direct approach and maintain a specific range before the second set of vocals join in and set up the next vocal segment. i am loving the vocals on this album so many different styles and sounds. This song is yet another one that still sounds nothing like the previous track, and that really excites me because I  don’t know what the next song will be like either.  Not to mention the absolutely best moment of this song is around the 2: 38 mark where they pull of this Iron Maiden sounding riff with some echo  to it, and then boom guitar solo and then the vocals come in an join in the melodic metal fashion to match with the guitars.  I am not sure what is my favorite track now just because of the similarity to an Iron Maiden song.  That pretty much bumps things in a positive direction for me as a huge Iron Maiden fan. So, bonus points go to Inverted Serenity for bringing that to the album.


This album has been a trip to listen to, I’m not even sure what song I like most because every song is so damn different you know I mean? The last song on this album which is Mountains of Stoke is a completely acoustic track and again absolutely nothing like any of the other tracks this has made this album to be so interesting for me. Or Paragon which has moments of brutal death vocals. yet melodic guitar sections that sink the hooks in you deep.  I take pleasure in listening to things that make me want to think, that make me curious and often perplex me. If the music is simple, and anyone can do it, then it’s not really that talented, and it’s not really that enjoyable to listen to. When you have bands like Inverted Serenity that are pushing the boundaries and basically taking little bits of every metal genre and some other non-metal genres to make their sound unique. It’s quite pleasurable to listen to. I would strongly recommend to anyone who says that they are an extreme metal fan to check out Inverted Serenity because you’re going to have extreme metal, black metal, death metal, technical metal, hardcore, and a few  bunch of other genres strewn about in it. I’ve got to give this album and 8.5/10 \m/ rating because the music is on point, these guys are very talented.  I mean it’s very odd how well these guys play together with all the different sort of styles that they are playing. From multiple vocalists with multiple vocal ranges and styles, different funky things from time signatures to sounds in the middle of songs. All the while having the three guys with the guitars are doing vocals. I’m not even sure if the drummer joins in for any of the vocal duties but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did. At any rate, Inverted Serenity are talented, they are unique, and they’re going to play a blend of metal that just about anyone’s going to like. I did find that most of the songs were quite enjoyable considering how different they are from each-other. 8.9/10 \m/

 

-Badger \m/

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Spectrum Of Delusion- Esoteric Entity – Album review- 9.2/10 \m/

Spectrum of Delusion

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Esoteric Entity

Released 08/18/2017

 


Tracklist:
Intro     
Beyond Affliction
Dead Weight
Illuminate Eradicate
Reverie
Ruler of Cruel
Unborn Tragedy
Mixotrophy
Timelines

 

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Lineup

Douwe Negenman – Vocals
Nathan Bonkerk – Lead Guitar
Frank van Rijswijk – Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Kamer – Bass Guitar
Jeroen Mostert – Drums

Hey there everyone,  today I bring you the Netherland based technical death metal team Spectrum of Delusion and their recently released album Esoteric Entity.

Forged in 2013 by drummer Jeroen  and Nathan they built the band up from performing covers until Frank joined and then they began their journey into creating killer music. Now the interesting part of all this is they actually had another album written and ready back in 2014 however after reviewing everything they scrapped it because it didn’t adhere to their level of acceptable standards and their sound. A whole album with seven string guitars and a five string bass, scrapped because it wasn’t true to their core.  They set off to create something more pure to their sound and decided to put a fretless in the hands of Jerry and upon that brilliant idea, Douwe joined and everything came together to  get Esoteric Entity finished. This is the debut Album of Dutch Technical Deathmetal band Spectrum of Delusion.

The intro will take you for a melodic stroll into the music with very slight progression, and the only hint they give you is the bass only seconds before the intro ends and “Beyond Affliction” begins.  I am really digging the levels of all the instruments especially the bass.  It is right there and not hiding behind anyone; they deliver a nice simple guitar solo around the thirty-second mark before jumping into the verse with a blasting rhythm from the drums.  Damn this track is awesome, melodic, technical and has a great mix to it, what a great song to start the album with.  It really hooks the listener, especially with the bass, these guys did a killer job on this album.

Dead Weight

This track has a nice build up period lasting just shy of sixty seconds, but I really get hooked by their melodic and captivating sections with the instruments before the first verse begins.  The verse seems to sink the hooks in further.  They keep the song length around four and a half minutes long but I would say about two minutes of that is music without vocals. Nothing wrong with that though, showcasing the talent of all the musicians in the band is a great way to flex their muscles and give listeners like myself a solid idea of what we are working with here.

Illuminate, Eradicate

It has a much quicker set up, not much build up or progression before the first verse however they simply get right down to business this is one of my favorite tracks off the album, and yet it has some of the least instrumental sections of the album.  The song as a whole is very catchy, and the ability to really hear the bass is what draws me in the most.  Spectrum of Delusion is not one of those bands that has a killer guitarist, a drummer that can keep up and then the rest of the guys just fill in the blanks. No, each and every member of this band has talent worth the attention they get.  This song clocks in less than three minutes in length, but damn does it pack a mean punch.  I do wish it had a little more instrumental time however this is such an efficient track I respect the fact that they are able to hook me without the same tools as the previous tracks.  This is a track that has no filler, catchy with some tasty riffs, and still has a bit of a wow factor.

 

Reverie

This one seems to pick up almost the way Illuminate ends, it’s almost like “Reverie” should be a part of illuminate, it just follows up Illuminate so well. Tempo is nearly the same unit the first vocals are heard.  They slow the speed down for dramatic effect, and I find it to be effective right around the 1:36 mark Douwe adds another layer to that slowed down section, really emphasizing the vocals being held long.  This song is one of those songs where typically I hear it’s not as fast as the previous track. My mind begins to wander thinking that the song will just not keep my attention for long. That isn’t the case with this song, I did need to listen to it for a few spins. But the slowed down section grew on me, and it was all because of the vocals.  I went into this track not enjoying it as much, and then let it grow on me, and now I enjoy this song in a different light.

 

Ruler of Cruel

This song has a bit of an ominous buildup, but right around the :09 mark you can hear the bass hit a high note. And delivers two bars of that bass note, a few vocals and then back to that bass note. Jerry Kamer has taken my expectations of this album to a new level, but it’s the saxophone that has piqued my interest now.  Not many bands can pull off a cool album or a cool song and then also incorporate a saxophone into it and maintain the same level of heaviness. Cephalic Carnage, and WRVTH have been able to pull it off. But Spectrum takes things to a different level with the sound of the bass, then the saxophone and a jazzed up section in the middle of a heavy track.  Damn kudos to the guys for pulling it off and then also to Erwin Van Wieringen for playing the saxophone.  Which brings me to another item, session musicians don’t have to be guitarists or drummers they can be saxophonists that add another spicy level to some badass music.

 

Unborn Tragedy

This song really unearthed similarities to bands like Beyond Creation, and Necrophagist and I find myself really impressed by this album.  This song starts out slower than the others, and it has a bass filled melodic introduction that sets up the base layer of the song, and when that bass fades out the next section is up tempo and builds up that next layer in which the vocals are going to start, with a faster energy and a heavier attack.  The tempo changes several times in the song, and yet each transition is very fluid.  There is one section of the song I am not 100% sure I dig it or not.  But halfway through the song they have a section that is a bit repetitive and while it’s not sloppy, it’s not hooking me either. The saving grace for this track  is the drums and the bass.

 

Mixotrophy

The song begins with a quick set of blasts, and then a heavy bass line with a guitar over that making some sweet melodic build up. When the vocals start in, shit has gotten real at this point. The song heads into a fast paced tech death barrage of blasts and just when you have succumbed to that catchy section, they change time and direction slightly.  I am not sure what impresses me the most about this album, there are too many things to list. But I find with some bands too many changes can ruin it for the listener.  We want to be pulled in and stay with the song the whole time.  But with this track the changes are so subtle that they just flow into each other with very little set up for each transition.  They just flow right through the song.  from 3:10 to about 3:49 there are no vocals but a killer instrumental section. I love these instrumental sections Spectrum have added to some of the songs.  I find I enjoy these moments so much because the instruments all blend in well, there is no overshadowing, every instrument is clear, and it adds to the quality of the music.

 

Timelines

This is a great follow-up to Mixotrophy, because of the seamless transition from one track to the next.  This is really the only track I can say has some chugging coming from the guitars, the tone is a bit darker sounding to me, but the actual pace of the song and intensity is right around the same level. But I really absolutely dig the part at the :52 mark, where the vocals have an old school style to their delivery for just a few lines before the blast beats begin. The head movement starts to kick in and you are already hooked by the 1:10 mark. And the song has really only just gotten started. This track is the longest running track on the album but only by a second. The reason I bring that up is because there is so much packed into this song, and it really could have gone on longer. But Spectrum takes the last forty seconds of the song to finish the song out, but at the 5:15 mark they kick off a guitar solo and then fade out. Really leaving me wanting more to come out of my speakers.

 

 

All in all, this album kicks ass, this was my first time hearing Spectrum of Delusion, and I am glad I did. They remind me of a mix between Beyond Creation, Virvum, and Necrophagist.  A truly nice blend of melodic, yet technical/progressive death metal.

This album is great, the production, the balance of instruments to each other as well as the vocals. These guys don’t make up a band, they make up a team. A team that come together and don’t have any one member pulling the most weight through sound and musicianship. The intro track does a solid job getting the listener warmed up and then everything after flows perfectly.  This is an album you can hit play and leave all the controls alone.  Push play, listen, rock out, repeat.  The production of this album is well beyond expectations considering what these guys are asking for in price. Because who doesn’t have two dollars to spare for nine tracks ( eight and an introduction track)? I am digging this album, and I will be keeping my eye out for more from this badass bunch.  9.2/10 \m/

 

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Matt McGachy the crafty, calculating, and forceful frontman for Cryptopsy

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I was able to reach out and ask the guys a few questions. I limited the questions to only five for a few reasons, they are busy with their own schedules trying to keep the Cryptopsy machine rolling, they also have other projects they work on, they have families and a home life, and if I ask five questions to all the guys it keeps it simple and straight to the point.

So here is my interview with the man on the mic- Matt McGachy

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Badger- since going independent, how difficult has it been for you guys? You’re basically collectively as a band taking on all the responsibilities? With this decision do you find it more rewarding when you guys play out live, or release new music?

Matt- Since we decided to go independent we have been more in control of our band and actively pursuing the goals we want to achieve. It has not been easy. Our self-title was successful thanks to all of us stepping up and stating what we are interested in taking over behind the scenes. Then we had to follow through on what we said which was more difficult. I take care of most of the online presence (Facebook, website, Bandcamp etc) and admit that I fall behind sometimes when we get swamped. But it has been extremely rewarding (creatively and relationship wise within the band) whenever we reach one of our milestones.

Badger- How was your most recent (back to the U.S) tour? Any particular moments or shows that gave you memories or that boost of energy?

Matt- The Back to the US tour was a success. We had an amazing time reconnecting with the fans and meeting new ones. It had been far too long since we played the US and we were very excited to be back. The first show in Worcester was sold-out and set the pace for the entire run, it was a great way to start things off. Also all the bands on the bill were great people as well as musically; I would tour with them again any day.

Badger- How did it feel for you to play not only the older Lord worm songs, but then also the Mike Disalvo, your own songs as well as the new material?

Matt- I really enjoy the mix, it allows me to take my voice into a few different areas throughout a gig. I love the mix of the disgusting Worm songs mixed in with the rapid fire vocals of Disalvo; it is an honour to scream their parts every night. I love crowd reactions so whenever we play the classics and the crowd goes wild those are my favourite songs to play.

Badger- What do you guys have planned for the rest of 2015, more touring, big shows open air festivals, any videos etc?

Matt- This summer we will be in Europe and we have the chance to play Gothoom Fest, Wacken, Brutal Assault and Ieperfest. We are really excited to be back in Europe with some new material! Also we will be officially releasing The Book of Suffering within the next few months and I’m really excited to share this EP with the world. There will be at least one video to come out which we are in the process of organizing now.

Badger- And my last question If you could describe the new Book Of Suffering E.P. in only five words, what would those 5 words be?

Matt-Brutally Dark Diverse Technical Music

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So that wraps it up, Matt and the rest of the guys have all said The “Book Of Suffering E.P. will be Brutal, dark, and fresh. Thinking about these words, and have listened to one of the new tracks at their show. It gets me pumped to not only hear the E.P. when I get it, but also knowing this will be only Tome 1. with others  to follow, and that brings the excitement level up a few notches.

For as little as $1.00, you can help get this E.P. the funded, with several other perks from a $5.00 digital download of the E.P. to getting drum, or guitar lessons, or having your own band get mixed by Chris Donaldson. No matter what, it will be worthwhile being a part of something cool. Think of it like this, if you are a Cryptopsy fan, and you help by contributing even if it is $1.00, $5.00, $20.00 or $500.00 you will be a part of that E.P. You will have helped out, every perk gets something, and for every perk you can feel good about doing what you can to help out.

Click here if you want to be a part of something cool http://igg.me/at/Cryptopsy/x/10796470

-Badger \m/

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