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Sometimes it’s just nice to hear a band get its crisp clean nice brutal sounding production... Unfortunately bands cant always live up to the epic sounding production that "The Cleansing" has achieved on "Feeding The Inevitable".
Some songs are quite nice yet they never sway beyond the bounds of average death metal songs. Songs like Hour of Decadence start nice but i kind of half expect the song to branch out in a variety of riffs and go somewhere epic Yet they don’t they just seem to start, linger for a while and end. That isn’t to say the album isn’t enjoyable to listen to, it is, its just nothing to write home about.
The albums strongest point is the production everything is clean crisp and brutal sounding. The way many great 90' bands would have wanted to achieve. Kudos to the producer for knowing a great death metal sound and achieving it.
Another strong point of the album is the vocals. While not unique or ultra brutal; they Serve as above average and not detracting from the music. However I will point out the lyrics seem completely uninteresting to me. Allot like a person’s first attempt at writing something deep and moving but just coming off as contrived and typical.
The Cleansing has a lot of untapped potential. Unfortunately there just not going far enough to tap into it... Hopefully the next releases will see that, and hopefully without the addition of Keyboards!
Slower doom laden songs break the album up such as "Processed for Contamination". However again the song suffers from repetition and doesn’t really blossom into any triumphant guitar solos or riff variety that I was hoping for.
The guitar is well played and the drums are well performed. However there's nothing here compelling or catchy or even memorable. The solos are shorter but well done yet they lack distinctness making the album again add to the generic death metal factor.
One gripe on this album is the spoken word. unless a band really puts forth some effort in tying things like that or sound clips into the whole working order of the album, it ends up being simply boring.
The album seems to be plagued by averagely written death metal. I see a lot of potential in this album, and its great hearing a band hear their sound, I just hope they can crank up the epicenes on their next release and break above the masses of death metal. While the drums and guitar are well played the material written here simply doesn't shine beyond the sea of other death metal bands and defiantly doesn't touch on the giant albums released this year by Fleshgod Apocalpse or Belphegor.