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Japanese technical brutal act Desecravity’s debut, Implicit Obedience, is certainly responsible for many snapped necks and liquefied cranial contents during 2012. The dynamic slaughtering of the angel by some skeletal oni on the cover artwork is a reliable graphic manifestation of the sonic contents within. And just like said artwork, a sleek and modern production enables the listener to fully appreciate the collective chaos the members of this band are capable of. And boy (or girl), this is bloody chaotic indeed! Hailed by some as the “new big thing” in the brutal/technical death scene, this Japanese band literally made some noise last year. I’ve only been able to experience this quite recently, but it has been an interesting experience for sure.
So yes, the production it’s loud and clear. For a band displaying a great deal of technicality it’s a suitable choice of a sound, as all the instruments are noticeable and given their fare share of presence. Perhaps it is a bit too clear for me, and I wonder if this album would have been more gruesomely attractive with a dirtier, more primitive and obscure resonance. Not that I suggest them to become another Autopsy/Incantation flavorless clone, but maybe experiment with grittier aesthetics. In the end, the result is generally balanced and you can enjoy Toshihiro Inagaki’s bass plucking along the gutturals, drums and guitars. Sometimes it gets a bit buried beneath the sonic massacre the rest of the instruments partake, as it usually happens with other bands and albums of this style. Not a big deal, as the best performers here are the guitars and vocals by far.
Let’s talk about Yuichi Kudo’s now. Kudos to him! His drumming is definitely impressive during some passages; becoming an incessant bombardment of rhythmic punishment, inhumanly fast at some points. However, they constitute one of the flaws I perceive here. Just like the latest Fleshgod Apocalypse or the first Decrepit Birth album, Desecravity sometimes delves into pure pummeling without substance. For the most part this is a balanced onslaught, but the majority of songs boast a few over-the-top moments, t00 br00tal, but ultimately innocuous. Instead of my reaction being a “hellyeah!” its more of an “oh, c’mon!” And the same can be applied to a few overtly technical moments in which the band becomes too indulgent. I know most fans of the genre won’t complain, but to me it deducts some points to the overall quality of this debut.
But there’s also plenty of good, nasty stuff here. Keisuke Takagi and Yujiro Suzuki’s riffs are fairly solid most of the time, though not groundbreaking stuff. The solos are blindingly fast, middle ground between Kerry King on-steroids dissonance and outbursts of melody. The shifts in tempo and mood, and the breakdowns are well placed throughout the record. The band maintains an even style for all songs, save the orchestral instrumental intro, but they inject a few eyebrow-raising elements into their insalubrious musical concoction that help break monotony. Sometimes the band adopts a djent-ish style I’m not too fond of, most evidently during some sequences of “The Collapse of Religion”. You might like or dislike that, but it’s a different approach nonetheless. A more fulfilling feature would be the raspier deranged screams that Suzuki sporadically employs in contrast to his Frank Mullen impersonation. They’re particularly predominant during the last minute of “Extinction with Hatred”.
Merciless and punishing, this is a good and solid inaugural effort by these gentlemen from the land of the rising sun. Implicit Obedience might not bring much innovation to the genre, but is a fine companion to your Decapitated, Severed Savior, and Spawn of Possession records. I don’t have undisputed favorite tunes here, but the proper opener “Enthralled in Decimation” and the longer, winding “Demonize the Old Enemy” are the ones I recall the most. Also, the solo on “Hades” sounds like demonic living barbwire tearing bodies apart at horrendous speed, but the rest of the song is not that special. Recommended for fans of the style mostly.
In today’s modern extreme metal context, it might be hard for some to find new and original music, especially as far as technical death metal goes. In this sea of overproduced, space odyssey themed sweepfest, you’d just wish one particular band would come up with a wacky unique sound of its own. Desecravity is that band. It might have something to do with their nationality, since Japan, in my humble opinion, has always been an unending source of creative sounds, at lest for extreme music. Whether it be Boris, Defiled, Church of Misery or Sigh, there never seem to be any band to fall under any stereotypes associated with metal. Desecravity is no exception to that rule.
With Implicit Obedience, the band established themselves as a "technical death metal" band. Actually, something along the lines of “death metal for crack dealers” would be more accurate. They play an extremely fast and chaotic form of death metal, with razor-sharp guitar sound and incredible musicianship.
The first thing to grab your attention would most likely be the guitar work. It’s so different from your average death metal outfit. First of all, the tone used doesn’t even remind me of death metal. I am not a guitarist, but it definitely feels way different from most of what brutal death metal can offer. Here is a band unafraid of experimenting with guitar sounds and rhythmic patterns, avoiding to fall under the trap of redundant chugging parts. The album is filled with over-the-top dissonant riffs, memorable tempo changes and catchy leads reminiscent of Origin, all of which is executed at an addictive speed. The drumming is also remarkable, mostly because it is so creative while being this furious. There’s a great deal of blast beats variations and fancy cymbal-oriented fills. It definitely stands out and punches you in the face. Gladly, everything is there for a reason. You won’t hear any useless show-off parts. The technicality of the drumming performance only helps the songs sound even more musical and organic. Finally, the songs are leaded by hateful deep growling vocals done the old-fashioned way. They actually sound more like something Craig Pillar of Incantation could have done instead of anything you’d hear in a technical death metal album. Aside from these primitive grunts, you’ll hear a few painful high-pitched screams here and there, just to add to the already insane madness that is Implicit Obedience.
Production-wise, it all sounds clear. Everything is distinguishable and well balanced. Fortunately, overprocessed vocals and edited drums are not part of the game. No clichés are to be found. Erik Rutan who is credited for producing the album has definitely pushed his own limits by creating a purely natural sound for this mental illness wall of sound. Desecravity clearly wanted a pounding, in-your-face, dry sound to complement their unrelenting music. From what can be heard, Implicit Obedience needed nothing more in order to sound real, raw and without any pretention. It lets the music speak for its own brutality.
Don’t expect any moments of restraint while listening to this album, as the very second its cool orchestral intro ends, it becomes non-stop chaos for thirty minutes straight. With such a record under their belt, Desecravity prove themselves to be worthy of their peace-loving label Willowtip Records, which are known for their selective roster of creative extreme death metal and grindcore. These guys have not yet any idea what kind of a beast they just unleashed in the worldwide extreme metal community. It’s safe to say they did stay true to their catch phrase: “Forward thinking metal”.
Desecravity might just be the best brutal death metal band on Earth right now. Of course that claim requires perspective, as Suffocation and Deeds of Flesh still rule this very brutal roost. What I mean is that in terms of debuts from young, up and coming brutal death metal acts, Implicit Obedience is the best I have heard in a long, long time. Hailing from Japan, which has a fairly vibrant brutal death metal scene, Desecravity pile on all the "brutalness" any fan could possibly ever hope for. They just do it while also having actual..um, riffs.
So few brutal death metal bands seem to have them nowadays, it come as a shock. Implicit Obedience has honest-to-God riffs, and is not just a mish-mash of breakdowns, sweeps and pinch harmonics. It has all of those elements no doubt, but tempers the sheer insanity of it all with powerful, brutal guitar riffs that just make all the other insanity that much more satisfying. Compared to sheer stupidity of some of acts in the genre, Desecravity are like a bunch of Asian Motzart's, though I imagine Motzart could never muster a more inhuman guttural growl than Yujiro Suzuki. Mr. Suzuki has some of the most impressive pipes you will find in death metal today, and his performance is one of many highlights found through-out Implicit Obedience.
Thoroughly modern sounding, nothing about Implicit Obedience is likely to change die-hard haters opinions on this genre. But for those of us who can appreciate a good breakdown and some serious guitar acrobatics, Implict Obedience delivers on all accounts. The aforementioned guitar acrobatics are met with equally impressive(and modern sounding) bass work and the furious blasting drums(fully triggered) that one comes to expect from the genre. Again, it just comes down to the riffs: those are what set Implicit Obedience apart from contemporary brutal death metal albums. Halfway through "Enthralled in Decimation," the track unleashes one of many head-banging, blistering riffs that do a fantastic job of keeping the "stupid-but-awesome" brutality in check. At times, these riff heavy sections bring to mind Incantation, Immolation and even Bolt Thrower, although they rarely last too long before the weedely-weedely kicks back in like a furious cyclone of virtuosity.
And as a fan of quality brutal death metal, I would not have it any other way. Implicit Obedience is great because it finds that fine line between utter, incomprehensible brutality and competent death metal songwriting that so few in the genre ever seem to obtain. But when that sweet spot is hit right between the eyes like it is here, it becomes something pretty fucking awesome. What sweet brutality Desecravity have unleashed on us. Just sit back and be reduced to base atomic particles.
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