MetalBite Review by Ryan on 10/28/2014
represents a fruit allowed to rot on the vine. The ingredients are all waiting, but this road doesn't go to the winery. Instead, we have a lack of fulfillment, a gnawing emptiness, and a giant yawning mouth. The half-paced riffs and double timed double kicks vanish in the blur of an automated distillery, abandoning the listener to the loosest definition of liquor. Peach? Raspberry? Apple? Cranberry? All flavors are rendered interchangeable.
My reviews often refer to protagonists, but Calm Hatchery
has the ambition and charm of a third rate band aspiring to be second rate. Our heroes are long dead, and the best that their squires can muster is an imitation of late aughts Behemoth
. With Fading Reliefs
, we the audience receive a dilution of two great bands five years past their prime; a dry heave regurgitated long after the party ended. If one strains, the ear perceives occasional dashes of Morbid Angel
's cacophony and Nile
's Arabic flourishes, but these cosmetic ornaments are hidden beneath an ocean of ennui.
For years I thumbed my nose and laughed at old school death metal purists, smirking as they cried foul over melodeath, tech death, and prog death. No more. This is safe, domesticated, middle of the road death metal. It's the muso wanker's version of "death Jovi," or rather "death Supertramp."
And the shame comes from listening to a mediocre band endowed with first rate technical proficiency. These men clearly possess the work ethic, but to what purpose? The monotony of practice and study requires a meaningful buttress of observation and introspection. I've never listened to these Polish death metal merchants before, but I feel no enthusiasm for a return trip. I'm looking under the couch cushions for a reason this band exists, and my intellectual capital keeps coming up short.
Long ago, a critic formulated the perfect summary for unremarkable albums: "well, this certainly exists." No further elaboration is needed.
Rating: 5 out of 10