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Untypical technical metal for a typical world. - 100%

CallerOfTheCthulhu, July 8th, 2004

There is a new horizon growing on the fields of metal today. Back in the days of "Possessed", death metal was created. Years later, the new form of metal (Melodic Death) came along. Now, Technical Death is a format that is ever growing in a sea of old school death and melodic death.

Futility is an untypical technical death metal album for a typical metal world. While many of us reach new orgasmic heights over many new melodic death metal acts, this technical death metal act has been honing their skills in bring some "futuristic" type of feelings into their works, bleeding the aforementioned style into a new breed of chaos.

From the start, you can tell that this album is different by the greeting you get with the introduction track "The One". As the album progresses, you are greeted with a blistering assault of death metal. But not the pulse pounding drums and apocalyptic guitar-work type. Revelling in more of a black metal sense then of death, the vocals assault you much higher then the typical gutteral vocals that seem to adorn all the death metal tracks of today, and the guitar work is actually a quite normal pace.

Now, many would say, "Well what the hell is the point of that then?" Well, for those craving something new, perhaps actually singing in a death metal song would provide enough difference, which is prominent in the track "Slow", stating exactly what it is. While the technical aspect of blending keyboards that sound like they came from the future phantom of the opera's basement, to somewhat distorted, not-of-this-world guitar sounds, this album is something you will eat up from start to finish.

The lyrics themselves, however, are nothing to scoff at either. While many bands focus on vampires or death, or even Satan, this band is more down to earth, giving creative lyrics about hope and sorrow, while not going overboard with descriptions that make you break out Websters' sixth edition dictionary. And you can hear them all very clearly, suprisingly, since this was their debut full length without a record contract of any sorts.

So, whether you are just looking to relax with some hauntingly different metal that isn't mainstream but isn't going to blow your hair to the back of the auditorium every second, then this band is for you. Blending various elements from obviously different genre's into their technologically inclined death metal mix, the band has created an amazing debut album. This is definately a must have for any metal fan getting sick of being force fed the same metal day in and day from an ever ingrosing world of melody and chaos. From the beginning insanity, through the somewhat mellow moments, and into the sheer powerful climax, you will be eating this one up and bragging about it to your friends.