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Ah. Good old death metal. Fuel to my fire, cultivator of my soul, heroin to my junkie ears, long-haired rebel with mommy issues to my amorous heart… light of my life. From geniuses Death to creative masterminds Atheist to even freakin’ Children of Bodom, any artist belonging to a genre with the word “death” in it has made my life so much more worth living. And then there’s Supuration, self-described as “avant-garde death metal”. Huh?
Reading through whatever information I could find about the band, painfully searching through the Wikipedia article “experimental metal” for further clues, I came to several conclusions like the Nancy Drew nerd I am: 1. Supuration is obsessed with science fiction. 2. Avant-garde death metal is “kind of” an officiall thing. 3. Combine the two above conclusions, and you’ll find that whatever the product is, is strange, but pretty cool. “Synergy Awakes” begins with a generic heavy breakdown-type intro that was just straight up death metal fun, and then suddenly you hear these reggae-inspired cutesy little Pop-ish guitars in the background that work like some kind of rainbow and unicorns auditory assault surfing in the background of vocalist Ludovic Loez’s deep growls and the song’s typical death metal staple riffs and rhythms.
Weird. But pretty interesting. It reminded me of everything quirky and strange about metal in general that seems to have been lost through the ages in various band’s desires to come off more manly and macho than sensitive and experimental. I continued listening to the record and came up with a new conclusion. Supuration has a very novel and interesting way of comprehending melodies and harmonies. This becomes apparent in the guitar work and the sudden outbursts of melodic singing dabbled here and there throughout the songs that totally caught me off guard but at the same time made sense because hey, they’re avant-garde.
A fourth conclusion was begging to be formed, and I just had to settle with the slightly snotty, ignorantly arrogant conclusion that “they’re not really refined”. I felt like slapping myself because in all honestly, they’re probably a million times more refined musically than I am, but then again, that’s what most reviewers go through. We’re just a bunch of people sitting at home pretending to sound like we studied the art of metal and sludge through our piles of promos to criticise and cut apart each metal song we hear pretending we can produce anything close to it. Wait, maybe that’s just me. Anyway, back to the point: I felt like the band, musically, was not exactly refined mostly because of the simple solos and the off-kilter way the band seemed to process harmonies and melodies.
Now, that was my initial feeling. I listened on, and the record is certainly listenable as their record company Listenable Records suggests, and then I realized that I was wrong and that this should be one record to appreciate. I thought back to why I got into heavy metal in the first place, and I could only think about three reasons: 1. The devil-may-care attitude. 2. Fearlessness to experiment. 3. Constant rebelling against the norm. Supuration fits all these criteria and what more in their own special way. They have a fusion streak about them. For some reason I heard some folk metal, pop, alternative, goth, and of course death and doom metal. They are the most special band I have ever heard, and I mean special in a good way.
I like strange things and love it even more when a band is proudly waving its flag of eccentricity. Did I enjoy the record? Shamelessly, I did. Would I recommend it to just anybody? No. I would recommend the album enthusiastically but with reservation of who I approach. Metalheads established in their tastes usually have a leaning towards extreme metal genres such as death and all that is heavier. I don’t think they would enjoy this record much because it leans too far towards general craziness and sometimes the “metalness” is not very apparent. I also wouldn’t recommend this record to rockers either, who are only going to use this record to justify the existence of "Have a Nice Day", "Chinese Democracy", "Black Ice" and other hard rock banes of a metalhead's existence. I would recommend this record to anybody and I mean anybody with an open-mind. They could be listening to Taylor Swift regularly but still enjoy this record. I would also recommend this record to anybody who is freshly getting into Metal. I would imagine that in the purest stage of their growth, these fledging metalheads would appreciate this album for its sheer novelty. As for me, I will now be developing a playlist called “Awesome and Weird Shit” with CU3E as the benchmark.
Originally written for http:///www.metal-temple.com