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Another very strong volley - 87%

Noktorn, May 18th, 2009

Melancholy Pessimism is nothing if not varied; while still operating essentially within the style of Czech death/grind, the band never fails to put an interesting an individual spin on their root sound with each album they make. 'Evil Planet' and its relentless brutality mixed with hip-hop rhythms was a remarkable release, as way 'Global Terrorization' and its hints of jazzy swing and lounge. 'Dreamkillers', the band's (currently) latest album, introduces cabaret-style music alongside a heavy dose of rock influence, making for the band's most grooving and churning release yet. It is, of course, a fantastic release which shouldn't be missed by any fans of the Czech style of death/grind, and stands as yet another great entry in the catalog of a woefully unknown artist.

This is a significantly more guitar-dominant album than the previous two; while releases such as 'Evil Planet' had a great emphasis on the drum performance, the focus of this album is squarely on the riffs. While they are still dominated by the peeling and atonal Czech-style tremolo that the band has mastered, this release has an extra dose of groove, elaborating on some of the swing-influenced passges of 'Global Terrorization', but in this case taking on a more rocking sound. These passages are enveloped by crushing and rocking chug riffs which generally stick around just long enough to get the listener's head nodding before diving back into the high-speed death/grind the band is known for with full force. With an even more ferocious vocal performance than the previous releases, the ante of extremity has again been upped for Melancholy Pessimism, and it would be easy to suggest that this is their most brutal and uncompromising album yet; apart from the rock passages, this is a distinctly unfriendly style of death/grind more concerned with battering the listener than compelling them to buy a t-shirt.

Production is probably the best the band has ever had: it's thick, heavy, dark, and very textured and loud. The guitar tone is an absolute jagged granite wall, absolutely seething with intense distortion and growl, and though the drums are a little further in the background than I would like them, the mix is fairly well rounded overall. It fits the music, which is varied without being gimmicky; like always, Melancholy Pessimism incorporates their odder influences very fully into the bedrock of their musical style. The unusual intro/outro combination merges flawlessly with the main body of the death/grind despite the obvious differences in style, and as usual the band remains cohesive in the face of their ambition. While 'Dreamkillers' doesn't quite measure up to 'Evil Planet' in pure viciousness, it's still an extremely strong release from this band.

The fact that this band has gone so unknown by the greater death/grind scene is really tragic, and you'd think that five albums into their career they would have run into a tenth of the recognition they deserve. Well even if you haven't heard them before, this is your chance: Melancholy Pessimism is a fantastic band who crafts original and exciting music that anyone in the underground death/grind scene owes it to themselves to hear. Like all of the band's releases, don't miss this.