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Beneath The Massacre Dystopia

Beneath The Massacre - Dystopia
01. Condemned
02. Reign of Terror
03. Our Common Grave
04. Harvest of Hate
05. The Wasteland
06. Bitter
07. No Future
08. Lithium Overdose
09. Never More
10. Procreating The Infection
2008 Prosthetic Records

Reviewed by: Sacha Dunable   //   Published: 12/21/2008

I recently saw an old Napalm Death interview where Shane Embury explains his view of the band as being the end of the road, saying that music couldn't possibly get any more extreme. How could he have known that somewhere down the line, metal would evolve the way it did, and that bands would be juxtaposing the raw speed and heaviness of what he was doing with the technical bedroom shredding of someone like Michael Angelo Batio, creating an arguably more extreme form of metal. Shane Embury, meet Beneath The Massacre.

Beneath The Massacre's 2005 EP Evidence Of Inequity was certainly a high point in modern death metal. Until then, few bands had such a streamlined vision and execution of the million-note-a-minute technical death/core style. Now on their second full-length, Dystopia, they stick with what they know, and they do it really fucking well.

The record wastes absolutely no time getting to the point, as "Condemned" kicks right off with a 200+ beats per minute tornado of blasting and finger tapping, and doesn't really let up for the entirety of the album. The band comes up for air once or twice a song for a breakdown, and that is pretty much the formula. Melody is of no interest to Beneath The Massacre. Evoking the adrenaline-fueled urge to beat someone with a blunt object seems to be more their thing.

One of the most impressive parts of this band is the drumming. Considering how this music can be so one-dimensional and inherently void of dynamics, Justin Rouselle manages to color up the sound using tasteful cymbal accents, fairly original fills, and most importantly, a variety of blast beats. If you're going to be blasting 50% of the time, you had better keep it interesting so as not to numb the listener. Justin seems to have an understanding of that rule, shown by the constant flipping and double timing of his blasts. Without all that, it might have been difficult to take this whole album in one sitting.

Christopher Bradley's guitar playing is once again an obsessive and meticulous display of shreddery, and though it gets a bit tiresome after 35 minutes, it serves the purpose of setting the cold, harsh tone in Beneath The Massacre's music. Hats off to Jason Suecof as well for providing a nice mix that, while obviously dealing with a band whose mechanical and precise production values are lent to their overall sound, still recognizes that a drum kit should sound something like actual drums.

Bottom line: Chances are most people know who Beneath The Massacre are and what they do. If this is your thing, you will probably love this album. If it isn't, I'd still recommend a listen, just to say you've heard some of the most extreme music out there.

cantfakethepunk_   posted 1/19/2009 1:19:09 PM
i love to suck c-ck
StuckInPuberty_   posted 1/13/2009 3:11:34 PM
Man Ya'll just be hatin on my boyz forreal
f*ck All yall niggas
KillYourself_   posted 1/4/2009 9:09:57 PM
singer is f*cking boring the music is decent.
anonymous   posted 1/3/2009 8:40:46 PM
you should contact the band if you're better than Suecof...

ducha_   posted 1/3/2009 9:00:48 AM
typical deathcore bullshit. drums sound replaced and beat detected. drums too loud. riffs totally disposable, singing monotonous.

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