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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wretched - Son of Perdition review

Year : 2012
Genre : Deathcore with Melodic Technical and Groove leanings
Label : Victory Records
Origin : United States
Rating : 8.0 / 10

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Wretched's Son of Perdition is 38 minutes of colorful audio data that primarily is unrelenting - I suppose? - "brutal" deathcore, interrupted and spiced up smartly by groove and instrumental segments throughout its sober length. Conforming to the seemingly untold rules of the trendy-, recent day death metal album production ethos, you are free to skip the first track entirely, because it is the just-so-usual intro section that has absofuckinglutely nothing at all to do with the actual music of the release, and which you probably don't really give a shit for at heart, I know I don't. Dramatic church chorus and organ. Oh really. Reverend! Set yourself on fire and GTFO, I'll video.

The primordial direction the band is keen at taking is death metal bordering on melodic and technical death metal in parts, especially during the highly chaotic segments. Don't expect the disc to maintain the obscenely and beautifully super-complex form with such hardcore persistence as Spawn of Possession or Gorod or Blotted Science demands its unconditioned submission with, but the intent is there to offer a tribute for the more crazed inspirators here and there. Read on to find out more about this decent release.

As noted, the disc refrains from exhibiting a homogenous flow, and instead strolls along the various micro-genres of death metal with a free spirit kept handy all the time. Track number 7 is the point to start an instrumental sequence from : following an acceptable ambient guitar interlude that is suiting to conclude a Belorussian soap opera with any time of the day, a quite mature composition graces your receptors that brings both neoclassical beauty and, later on, neoclassical aggression. The valiantly determined flow conveys the sense of impending doom so inherent to the music of Finnish melodic death, and the feeling is properly established herein. Unfortunately, they do not do all that much with it, and choose to end up trodding on flamenco flavored groove metal, instead. Think Paco De Lucia and Yngwie Malmsteen, but the music sounds as it would be made with about fourth of the talent of these men. I have the hunch that Wretched wants to use the flamenco flavor to explore the direction Obscura is keen at channeling from. A mysterious place with secrets not all human psyche could bear. Wretched fails miserably to summon the target-vibe, but still delivers a semi-decent Pantera song at the climax of this epic instrumental offering.

The next track, "Karma Accomplished" sounds like a heavily Meshuggah influenced track, and this piece isn't bad at all! In fact, it is a highlight for me. Highly illegal deviations from the "orthodox" flow of the time, commanding death growls and a psychotic lead vocal that is more pissed out than emo. Approved. There is an outtro, too, with a strong melodic hook soaked into goth gloom and fishnet romantics. All in all, a solid release with an eloquent character.

Rating : 8.0 / 10

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