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Dillinger's Brutal Plan - 70%

Catastrophic, February 1st, 2008

Nyia, a name you won’t commonly hear if you ask someone about technical death/grind. However, this 5 piece band from Olsztyn, Poland definitely falls into this category. It’s not surprising why there do not make it big after listening to the second part of the album.

Nyia’s music could be easily described as a cross between modern grindcore in the vein of Pig Destroyer and technical hardcore masters Dillinger’s Escape Plan. The album (Head Held High) starts off with no mercy. No intros just rampaging jazzy grindcore. The vocal resembles a cross between Jamey Jasta and Dillinger’s Pucciato. As the guitarist spews out a brutal riff the drummer uses a lot of snare beats. The bass could be heard clearly and sounds very complex.

The whole album seems to be woven together. When the second track plays, I thought it was still the first track. However, the album starts to get boring in the middle, especially the track “Every thing is A Dream”. That track sounds as if a half-assed deathcore track in what “Waking the Cadaver” might write on drugs. However the track The World’s Throat saves the day with its heavy and brutal sound. The track “Heads of the Insane” starts of with a typical death metal intro. Then it enters into a fast-paced jazzy hardcore sound only to be slowed down with a jazz breakdown. The rest of the album then continues with the same formula and you might start to get boring. I have to say the spoken parts in this album really bugged me in the second half of the album.

To sum it up, the album starts off with a great impression of fast paced jazzy grindcore with stop-start snare beats but then fall into the deathcore category. The rest of the album then falls into a state of mediocrity which is probably the exact opposite from what you might expect after listening to the first track. This album shows that being technical can be mediocre too. All of the tracks are around 2 minutes long except for Nothing Can Stop Procreation.

Good tracks: Behind The Gods, Over the Ceaseless Dying.