June 3, 2011
New review of "Ordaining the Apocalypse"!
Review of "Ordaining the Apocalypse" by CHOKING ON BILE!!! and Don't Count on It Reviews
"It had been so long since I have an original band as heard Humanity Falls. This trio from New York, the guitarist and singer also still active in Animals Killing People, implies "Ordaining The Apocalypse" their first full length album by The Path Less Traveled Records. Same label gave us last year's debut Flourishing and clearly has a strong taste for more experimental work. The band brings a very successful mix of gravel and aggressive death dissonate sounds that we often hear in bands like Immolation or Gorguts. Almost everything is well with this band. Highly original guitar playing, good vocals, a drummer, technically strong and excellent songs. Unfortunately they hit the ball violently to produce mass. The self-recorded demo songs barely reach level, what surely will discourage some potential listeners and also the artwork of Jeroen van Valkenburg (including Immortal) and the somewhat amateurish logo does not immediately fit into the picture. Unfortunate because the rest is death metal of the highest order! A band in the future we hopefully will hear from many!"
"The whole deathgrind scene isn't something I usually delve into, as most of it just doesn't do it for me. While I'm aware of several bands doing this sort of thing, most of them end up sounding pretty much the same, to my ears anyway. Since these guys were so kind as to ask me to give this a review, I figure I might as well try my hand at an experimental version of the genre.
I guess the first thing that really struck me on here was the production, which for the genre that they're playing, doesn't really work in my opinion. Instead of a bass heavy production, which is the style that I'm most familiar hearing in the brutal deathgrind scene, this is much more raw and sort of under produced, sounding a great deal quieter than most albums. I really don't think the production on here does the band justice, as it really underwhelms me, personally. This honestly sounds like it could be more of a demo than a full-length, to me anyway, but it just sounds too under produced to be a quality full-length album.
The band's style is a lot more interesting than most deathgrind band's I've listened to; and their more spastic style of playing is quite entertaining. While some tracks are quite good and feature some nice riffing, The False Enmity for instance, others just fail to impress and don't leave a lasting impression. I'm sure many are probably wondering if being crazy permits the title of experimental, well no, it doesn't, and the band don't even really move into experimental territory till about half-way into the record, with tracks like the post-rock sounding At The Temple of Everlasting Condemnation or the trippy title-track, Ordaining The Apocalypse. The vocals are pretty well varied from track to track, ranging from guttural lows to more high pitched wines and screams, and coming from someone who's listened to the vocalist's other band, Animals Killing People, I have to say his stuff on here is a lot better and tolerate.
Overall, this is a decent debut full-length, but I feel like the production just stops this from being all that it could be. Like I said, I'm not a big deathgrind fan to begin with, and that's pretty much half of this record. If you're into the more spastic sort of grindcore, check these guys out."
Overall Score: 7
Highlights: To Have Or to Be?, Denounced Manifestation, Ordaining The Apocalypse