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Diskreet Engage The Mechanicality

Diskreet - Engage The Mechanicality
01. Engage (Intro)
02. Valley Of Kings
03. Serpents Tongue
04. Spinal Cord Collection
05. Bishop Of War
06. The Fall Of Mankind
07. We Are Legion
08. Human Harvest
09. Pawning The Sanctuary
10. Graves
11. Haunt Of Fear
2010 Candlelight Records

Reviewed by: Shawn   //   Published: 10/18/2010

I think it pretty much goes without saying that modern technical death metal isn't generally very thrilling. Sure, there are some bands that are producing music worth getting excited about, but by the time you dig them out of the ever-expanding heap of rubbish this genre has to offer, even those bands can become difficult to appreciate. At some point in this lengthy excavation process, you might encounter American death metallers Diskreet's full-length debut, Engage The Mechanicality. Before you just toss it over your shoulder with the rest of the trash, you might notice that the album carries the Candelight Records logo, as well as a "Best new band in death metal" slogan from Kerrang. If, for whatever reason, you value either of these endorsements, you might give this record a spin.

As one might expect, the music you'll find on Engage The Mechanicality definitely hits closer to mechanical than it does to engaging. Track after track, these guys rip through as many notes as they can cram into a song (which, granted, isn't quite as many as some bands can/choose to). A lot of the focus here is on high-end riffs and solos which, given the surprising abundance of more melodic content, is actually kind of refreshing. The midsection of opener "Valley Of Kings" even comes damn close to being catchy.

That said, if I wanted catchy melodies, I wouldn't be looking in the technical death metal genre to begin with. Maybe it's the crystal clear production, but Engage The Mechanicality hardly even sounds heavy. The lackluster drumming performance does nothing to remedy the situation, let alone hold interest. Judging by the band's obvious goal of making something of a guitar record, I'm sure the drummer is quite content to just take a backseat, uninspired approach to the music. Don't get me wrong though, the guy definitely has some chops, and I could see some people digging the mostly straight-forward style. However, regardless of your preferences, the drum performance and mix rarely deliver the level of force that the genre requires.

Likewise, the vocals here aren't much to write home about. Vocalist Steve Babcock growls his way through these songs as well as the next guy, but unfortunately, he also sounds pretty damn similar to the next guy. At least he occasionally tries his hand at higher pitched and layered vocals, not unlike the kind you can hear on most deathcore records, which helps break up the monotony slightly. Given his place near the top of the mix on the album, a little bit more variation in rhythm and tone could have done wonders for the record's replay value. It's not exactly a good sign when the most memorable vocal piece on an album is a Watchmen sample.

Bottom Line: Engage The Mechanicality is definitely better suited for the generic death metal pile than it is for the unique and interesting pile. These guys seem to have set out to make a guitar record, but while the guitars are generally fairly entertaining, they get little support or reinforcement from the other instruments. By no means is this a bottom-of-the-barrel release; it's just yet another technical death metal album by a band who is a little bit too comfortable sticking to a formula.

jirka_   posted 5/15/2011 9:41:01 AM
Well, it is funny to read all the teenager's comments. You know nothing about death metal kids.
The review is correct, even too kind to this mediocre music (call it whatever you want, it is not death metal). This Diskreet thing is one of a thousend, the same sounding, trying to make riffs complicated etc.
Very boring, no ideas. One song as another, still the same all around.
Where is the base???? Can't hear it! Quick fingers don't make good music, sorry guys.
Ryan_   posted 10/29/2010 12:50:57 PM
you're a f*cking retard. They are not 'kinda Deathcore bands'...bands like Suffo, Internal Bleeding and Fetus INVENTED Deathcore. Except it wasnt called that back then, it was simply Death Metal with a strong influence from Hardcore. Christ.
Diskreet are one of the best bands on the circuit and it's only a matter of time before people realise this.
anonymous   posted 10/28/2010 8:15:08 AM
bands like Dying Fetus and Suffocation def have some deathcore leanings ya...cept those bands are actually good...
greg_   posted 10/28/2010 4:45:31 AM
theyre not even a deathcore band, idiots. jesus christ any death metal album that has anything that even remotely sounds like a breakdown gets a 'deathcore' label attached to it by new jack wannabe 'purists'. i suppose dying fetus is a deathcore band too based on your ridiculous assertions. album was way underrated, reviewers a f*cking tard. great band. great album.
Sandwiches_   posted 10/25/2010 4:59:02 AM
Reveiwer is a twat. Andy rips. They all rip.

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