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The title to this review is inspired by the fact that I hate reviewing this sort of thing. It's a deathcore EP that's pretty good in the 75-85% range, and I really don't know what else the fuck to say about it. Okay, here goes.
This is a pretty melodic album, and please do not misunderstand what I mean by that, because melodic doesn't not mean 'simple and clean with fuck all happening'. Normal melodic death metal like In Flames isn't really that melodic because there are very few melodies, there are usually just two or three per song. This has a ton of melodies, and the tracks don't really follow any typical structure, so it's just melody, melody, melody all the time. That's what melodic death metal is, it shouldn't just mean easy listening.
This isn't melodic death metal though, this deathcore, meaning a greater hardcore influence, lots of deep chugging beneath the melodic leads, shrieky vocals and low growls alternating, and lots of really cool breakdowns. Deathcore gets a pretty bad rep in the metal community for whatever reason, but I like how an album like this can be so diverse with so many different sections and melodies and tempo changes. None of the songs here ever really get content with one speed, we got from one fast section to a faster part with an altered riff and a different beat, before dropping into a slow staccato breakdown, and then jumping into a killer mid-paced section which might stretch out for thirty seconds before going into another fast technical part.
This is hard to say a lot about because it's very consistant and an excellent collection addition, but it doesn't really do anything particularly different enough to really talk about. It's the best thing to own, I can play this at any time and it will be enjoyable, but it's the worst thing to review. I guess I can end by wrapping up my point that the purpose of deathcore like this is to fire as many melodies at the listener as possible, and being a natural fan of melody (as everyone that doesn't own a Merzbow cd is) that's a good thing to me.
The Summoned is an American death metal band hailing from the state of Massachusetts. The big trend for new death metal is that there seems to always be a 'core' sound to the music. The Summoned fit that description very well, but the music isn't complete crap. The Summoned aren't even close to being the worst deathcore band around, but there are a lot of things that could be better.
Musicianship is the most important thing for a band. Without a good music writing skill, you cannot make good music, but you can try. The Summoned try harder than most bands to say the least, but the immanent 'Dillinger Escape Plan' guitar sound comes to mind while listening to them. The random melodic guitar spasms are quite annoying, but deathcore wouldn't be deathcore without them. Other than those parts, the guitar lines contain a lot of the triplet picking sound in an attempt to create a heavy atmosphere. There are some pretty good guitar solos used, which is always a plus. The bassist is actually good, and his audible parts are very enjoyable to hear. The random parts where the bass stands out usually sound like a jazzy mini bass solo. The fact that the bass is audible good, maybe The Summoned uses to correct mixing process, which many bands do not. The drum work is nice, and does everything it's supposed to. It fits nicely into the background of each song. The vocals are iffy for me because I don't like the style that is used. The higher pitched screams are irritating, while the deep grunts are overbearing. The musician who does the grunts sounds like he is trying too hard to sound brutal.
The Summoned aren't a completely lost band, and I'm sure they are kicking up dust in their hometown of Lowell. I'm not a fan of breakdowns and that 'Dillinger Escape Plan' sound a lot of them bring forth. The Summoned does have some musical talent, but I'm not into the sound they are going for. I'd still advise you to listen to this band in hopes that you might review this for yourself. The debut is lacking in some areas, but overall it's decent.