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Despised Icon The Ills of Modern Man

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01. In The Arms of Perdition 02. Furtive Monologue 03. Quarantine 04. The Ills of Modern Man 05. A Fractured Hand 06. Sheltered Reminiscence 07. Nameless 08. Tears of The Blameless 09. Oval Shaped Incisions 10. Painted Blue Ornaments
2007 Century Media Records
Our score 8

by Michael Gluck
6/23/2007

Are Despised Icon deathcore or breecore While the debate rages on via message boards, MySpace Messages, AIM, and BlackBerries, the NWOCDM (new wave of Canadian death metal) five-piece have proudly unleashed their third full-length, The Ills of Modern Man. Despised Icon are cutting edge and breaking new ground in metal, a fact some in the underground attempt to ignore. But like them or not, their ideal fusion of death metal and modern hardcore as was displayed so brilliantly on The Healing Process helped jumpstart a new movement that also features The Red Chord, A Life Once Lost, Psyopus, and even great new band Architect as some of its more innovative spawn. Part of the appeal with this new chaotic style is the inherent challenge in listening, with each album in the loosely-defined genre becoming a new experience in adapting to whichever twisted frame of mind a band was in when writing their latest material. Such is the case with Despised Icon, whose new album will take more listens to benefit from its magnitude than The Healing Process, in much the same way the latter challenged the listener more than the band's abrasive death grind debut, Consumed By Your Poison. The Ills of Modern Man kicks off with "In The Arms of Perdition," also the album's first video, a low-growl blast-fest displaying more rigidity and lack of compromise than the band's earlier work, and the first of many challenges to the listener. Second vocalist Steve Marois newly growls in a hoarse mid-range much of the time reminiscent of Sinister or early Malevolent Creation, adding a third voice to his familiar high-pitched shrieks and low gutturals. When applied in conjunction with Alex Erian's hardcore reminiscent shouts however, Marois' new voice does not stand out as much as when using his more extreme ones often as on The Healing Process, but taken as a whole, the total vocal performance on The Ills of Modern Man results in being more direct and harsh and less spread out, which actually fits the band's new material better. Reinvention, after all, is the name of the game with bands like this, and for forward-thinking young death metal fans, Despised Icon are without question one of the more exciting bands if not only for their talent, but unpredictability. Marois' new approach seems to have been executed not alone but in conjunction with a stylistic shift as well. On The Ills of Modern Man, the band has taken more concrete steps toward writing bona fide death metal and hardcore crossover material than in the past when the constant, seemingly random tempo shifts were the primary attracting feature. Call it maturity or experience, but Despised Icon have definitely smoothed over the peaks and valleys of their earlier material for the sake of attempting a more disciplined sense of structure. While accepting this new development in the young band's career may take some time for those who bedroom moshed to The Healing Process, tracks like "Furtive Monologue" and "Oval Shaped Incisions" serve to reassure the listener that protracted, slam death parts are still very much a part of Despised Icon's policy, regardless of the band's intriguing advancement in songwriting tact. Alex Pelletier's drum performance is jaw-dropping as always, and he never ceases to bring the each song to life with exciting cymbal accents and four-limbed fills while gravity blasting his way through the more murderous components of the new songs. Just another day at the office for this already influential drum master, apparently. Despised Icon's always creative start-stops on a dime are enough to make any Lamb of God fan tap out due to genuine heaviness, although it should be noted the band linger on most parts longer than before. And then, almost expectedly, Despised Icon close out their latest album on a highly progressive note with the daringly melodic "Painted Blue Ornaments," compelling the listener to question what lack of restrictions will exemplify the band's next step. Whatever they will be, the band are sure to continue surmounting them with confidence unmatched, exactly the kind of doggedness needed to be the band of choice for the new generation. Bottom Line: Unlike the still untouchable death metal of old which can be counted on for inciting coordinated headbanging and anti-Christian sentiment, Despised Icon are not a band to follow preset conventions of a style, preferring instead to define and redefine themselves with each album. Quite some growth has been accomplished since The Healing Process for Despised Icon, and on The Ills of Modern Man, a number of elements not present on the earlier material, such as the occasional harmonic solo and more stable song structures, have been integrated for a somewhat altered but ultimately brutal-to-the-hilt intent that still succeeds.

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Nick_ 6/23/2007 11:16:39 AM

first post. second view.


f28r06a42n12k_ 6/23/2007 11:38:07 AM

the great new band Architect? hahaha


ofgo_ 6/23/2007 11:41:08 AM

NWOCDM? Jesus..


shredlogic_ 6/23/2007 11:41:47 AM

I feel like I'm in bizarro world when people mention how great this band is, to me it's like the defintion of average. Individually they're good but put together I'm just not into their stuff, but maybe it's just a style preference.


pete nasty_ 6/23/2007 12:10:32 PM

awkward review. "even the great new band archiect"? I had to re-read that line like 5 times. f*ck the haters though, this record is out of f*cking control...opening riff of A Fractured Hand, the ending of Ills of Modern Man, amazing.


comp_ 6/23/2007 12:12:42 PM

I am just amazed how incompetent this review is. Psyopus within the same category with Despised Icon? ...Architecht? Totally different styles, different music - the fact is that Despised Icon is an average band which has nothing to do w the forementioned (still just quite good, not the best) bands.


shredtacular_ 6/23/2007 12:14:09 PM

good review, shit band comparison


Ian Robinson_ 6/23/2007 12:44:49 PM

"I am just amazed how incompetent this review is. Psyopus within the same category with Despised Icon? ...Architecht? Totally different styles, different music - " Great idea, let's subdivide the underground even more so bands can really sell zero records! Every band is different. This is the new wave. Face it and shut up.


anonymous 6/23/2007 12:56:20 PM

NWOCDM? Don't do that.


hotaction_ 6/23/2007 1:06:52 PM

this is the worst review i have ever read. seriously. well at least it goes along with this shit band. an 8? god. people listen to this swill?


threexs_ 6/23/2007 1:30:21 PM

album is good, but this review was all kinds of retarded


surfjam_ 6/23/2007 1:31:15 PM

While accepting this new development in the young band's career may take some time for those who bedroom moshed to The Healing Process - What?


xcorruptx_ 6/23/2007 2:55:02 PM

Is gluck dating one of these dudes? This sounds like a press release, not a review. P.S. TRC and ALOL were around long before Despised Icon.


carlthehack_ 6/23/2007 2:56:34 PM

killer music.


Man Who States Obvious_ 6/23/2007 3:53:19 PM

This review sucks


hxcobd_ 6/23/2007 4:41:05 PM

Is this f*cking review serious? Jesus


xomertax_ 6/23/2007 5:10:49 PM

Psyopus f*ckin sucks, alol is pretty meh. Despised icon is better than both of these bands by far. "Deathcore" bands suck at representing the actual death metal part but they do a better job than most other bands in the genre.


shitcup_ 6/23/2007 6:24:47 PM

shitty norma jean breakdown metalcore for stupid scene homos. boring and mediocre album at best.


kyle_ 6/23/2007 7:14:59 PM

healing process was on of my favorite cds of 2005, this took some time to grow but i still love it. they are also a 6 piece..


Fur_Beach_ 6/23/2007 7:46:14 PM

bree-diculous


anonymous 6/23/2007 10:35:50 PM

I didn't make it past the first paragraph before I stopped reading.


soulseekisdown_ 6/24/2007 2:37:09 AM

gluck gluck gluck gluck


comp_ 6/24/2007 6:18:55 AM

"I am just amazed how incompetent this review is. Psyopus within the same category with Despised Icon? ...Architecht? Totally different styles, different music - " Great idea, let's subdivide the underground even more so bands can really sell zero records! Every band is different. This is the new wave. Face it and shut up. - So the genres are about business, not music? Great idea, no comment on the rest


csfdmn_ 6/24/2007 9:18:41 AM

new cd f*cking owns. if you don't think this band rules at what they do then you are an idiot.


gdamn_ 6/24/2007 10:48:40 AM

did you guys run out of f*ckin mp3s? this is getting ridiculous. what's with the lack of mp3s lately?


who?_ 6/24/2007 10:51:37 AM

you f*ckin retards cant spot that the gluck isnt bein entirely serious can you???


ganstas..._ 6/24/2007 11:02:32 AM

i couldn't take this band seriously live mainly b/c one of the singers had a gansta' beard and a sideways hat....but the balding metal-dude bassist was fun. and the drummer was 'jaw-dropping'...but the gansta beard...who does that?


good god_ 6/24/2007 12:58:33 PM

This is the worst DI album by far... its pretty much a hardcore cd to me... A great band like architect.....Wow that is f*cking stupid... And psyopus is to f*cking good to be compared to this.


Mark_ 6/24/2007 1:58:18 PM

just say them live and they blew.


eadup_ 6/24/2007 3:30:37 PM

i swear to god gluck's reviews have to be some type of inside joke or satire ..... .this is bizarro to say the least.


anonymous 6/24/2007 9:47:22 PM

Are Despised Icon deathcore or breecore? I MUST KNOW


joe_mama_ 6/24/2007 10:38:36 PM

f*ck all you elitist c-cksmokers, this cd is f*cking great...if they relesed this cd under the name "Partial Birth Abortion" all you f*cks would be jockin it


good god_ 6/25/2007 7:19:53 AM

f*ck all you elitist c-cksmokers, this cd is f*cking great...if they relesed this cd under the name "Partial Birth Abortion" all you f*cks would be jockin it posted by joe_mama (lickmyballs@yahoo.com) on 6/24/2007 10:38:36 PM That is by far one of the dumbest comments i have ever read!!! I feel like I've lost more brain cells reading that then huffing gas... The new album is just another shit hardcore basic cd in the vein of hatebreed, all shall perish or god forbid.. Just like the new job


vdburns_ 6/25/2007 10:44:10 AM

"i couldn't take this band seriously live mainly b/c one of the singers had a gansta' beard and a sideways hat....but the balding metal-dude bassist was fun. and the drummer was 'jaw-dropping'...but the gansta beard...who does that?" Haha, that was great, I can't take this band seriously cause they actually...........suck. I hate the bree-tentious people who try and justify this bands existence.


joe_mama_ 6/25/2007 11:19:00 AM

f*ck all you elitist c-cksmokers, this cd is f*cking great...if they relesed this cd under the name "Partial Birth Abortion" all you f*cks would be jockin it posted by joe_mama (lickmyballs@yahoo.com) on 6/24/2007 10:38:36 PM That is by far one of the dumbest comments i have ever read!!! I feel like I've lost more brain cells reading that then huffing gas... The new album is just another shit hardcore basic cd in the vein of hatebreed, all shall perish or god forbid.. Just like the new job for a


john_doe_ 6/25/2007 11:30:57 AM

holy-wtf to that bottom line paragraph. wha?!


attckthis_ 6/25/2007 12:26:48 PM

Gansta-breads aside ...I liked the healing process ..I don't get that same feel for this one at all ...its not as bree ...and nothing being bree is being cory ..and you know how turns out ..


paradigm_ 6/25/2007 3:26:59 PM

the reviewer needs to take an english class or two. run-on sentences and very awkward wording up the butt.


Captain Thesaurus_ 6/25/2007 4:18:35 PM

AHA! It is I who wrote this extraordinarily verbose and voraciously redundant review of a) the group of members [band; Despised Icon] and b) the melodic compositions [and amelodic; do recall - death metallic elements are had here] of said group of musicians [again -- said band: Despised Icon]. Let not this Gluckf*ck take any undue credit and possible future reparations for participation in said review and/or opining on the subject.


fvckyouyoufvckingfvck_ 6/25/2007 7:03:48 PM

I liked this album. Good deathcore album. It doesn't suck but it's not great. Jesus christ some of you need to chill the f*ck out. I would give it a 7 or a little under that.


BATMAN_ 6/25/2007 10:48:58 PM

HOLY f*ckING


anonymous 6/26/2007 1:25:11 AM

If you say that you don't like this band your an idiot means your part of the f*cking problem and need to stand in the middle of your local highway with your acacia strain hoodie and your new york yankees cap with the rim thats not bent and terror shorts waiting to be run the f*ck over.


burzum_ 6/26/2007 9:51:33 AM

Yeah, these Canadian (or just deathcore as it were) bands can play their instruments extremely well & fast, particularly the drummers - but they all sound basically the same to me. Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance, Beneath The Massacre, f*ck The Facts, blah blah..I think I'm gonna go w/ the "don't like it, don't listen" modo here & just stick w/ some old Kataklysm & Martyr.


Bre_ 6/27/2007 1:24:25 AM

BReeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


anonymous 6/27/2007 4:39:09 PM

amazing album


munderbite_ 6/27/2007 6:00:56 PM

I'm pretty sure having a blackberry is not metal.


what?_ 6/28/2007 1:11:08 PM

i'm totally lost...what is breecore? are we referring to cheese here? no, seriously, what is the bree reference?


confused?_ 6/29/2007 1:56:08 PM

"i couldn't take this band seriously live mainly b/c one of the singers had a gansta' beard and a sideways hat....but the balding metal-dude bassist was fun. and the drummer was 'jaw-dropping'...but the gansta beard...who does that?" -----I'm kinda foggy on the 'gangsta beard'. what is this 'gangsta beard'? What does it look like? I like this cd but I admittedly listen to a lot of crap. I enjoy it and if others don't, that's fine with me. As far as I'm concerned, it could be better, and it could


Peno_ 6/30/2007 9:36:17 AM

What the f*ck is breecore?


Dave2112_ 7/1/2007 6:46:16 AM

Its strange, I havent seen the raging breecore bullshit debate anywhere.. and yeah, NWOCDM? I think I vomited into my mouth a little right then.


Steve Marois_ 7/1/2007 1:06:07 PM

bree-bree-breebree-breeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


killwhitneykill_ 7/1/2007 1:15:06 PM

wow..... i was worried for a sec that i was the only one that thought this review was absolutely ridiculous. The cd is pretty tight, but this review was just a tad overboard. Good band, good cd, SHITTY review.


7oM_ 7/3/2007 8:19:54 AM

Gluck, thanks for being a gay and FORCING me to download this entire album just to get a f*cking mp3. Way to bring down the music industry. It's all your fault.


Lord Shredder_ 7/10/2007 7:13:15 PM

In the words of At-Risk "You're mediocre at best". This album is very mediocre, dry, and soulless. The opening song is misleading to the rest, with its interesting music and shredding solo. The rest proceeds to be pretty mid-tempo with very little variation from the styling. I am not a fan of two vocalists that sound relatively identical. One guy should be able to pull off all the vocals, especially considering not much range is displayed. The vocals are good and strong, but seriously, one guy c


faust666_ 8/8/2007 1:14:01 AM

the album is excellent, and the review is a bit longwinded but spot on.. and yes fractured hand is my fav as well along with the last track.. you idiots really need to shut up and give respect where its due... besides Di is much more cohesive and listenable than bands like psyopus, beneath the massacre and ion dissonance... and stop with the " bree" .. i doubt if most of the people who've used it in their post even know what it is...


Chaosweaver_ 9/22/2007 2:08:58 PM

besides Di is much more cohesive and listenable than bands like psyopus, beneath the massacre and ion dissonance --------Agree, one of the only Deathcore bands i can enjoy


Jordan_ 12/20/2007 10:50:09 AM

Meh. This record was mediocre. It's really nothing out of the ordinary when it comes down to it. It gets boring quickly, its repetitive....must i go on? 6.5/10


wow_ 4/2/2008 5:26:13 AM

the fact that he called them a death metal band truly proves how retarded he and most of the musical scene of today are.


anonymous 5/10/2008 12:20:17 PM

You guys know what the "death" in "deathcore" stands for, right?


ItAteEverybody_ 7/11/2008 10:13:33 PM

sometimes reading these comments make me laugh and sometimes they just piss me off. how people can say that DI are a shit band, or that they aren't even remotely a death metal band is f*cking beyond me. obviously you need to throw your "effigy of the forgotten" disc back in your shit. f*cking morons.