April 8, 2014
Release Date: 2010
Genre: Technical Death Metal
1. Second To Sun (04:02)
2. Fictitious Glide (04:51)
3. Fraudulent Cloth (03:22)
4. Live And Live Again (03:37)
5. Faux King Christ (04:00)
6. Tortoise The Titan (03:38)
7. When The Beast (04:55)
8. Third Person (04:08)
Total Length: 32:32
Second To Sun has some cool vocal moments and riffs, but it never gels together for me into a cohesive whole. The song just kind of goes and then ends, or at least that’s how my brain interprets it. Fictitious Glide is much the same, honestly. It’s even less interesting than the first track to be honest. Fraudulent Cloth is a little better but still unimaginative. For me, the album actually starts on the next track.
Live And Live Again is by far the best song on here. It explores some things the band hadn’t explored before, and the riffs and rhythms are fantastic. The guitars in the chorus especially stick with me, and the vocals only cement it. Faux King Christ is a decent song once you get past the childish pun. It holds up fairly well. Tortoise The Titan really does nothing for me, it’s just bland and ‘there.’
When The Beast has more interesting bits to it, mostly with the guitars. If they explored stuff like this and track four more, I would have greatly enjoyed this album. Third Person has a few memorable moments to it, but I don’t love it. This band isn’t my favorite, and while some of their stuff is great I also can’t say that I put a lot of pressure on this first album in nearly two decades. I tried to listen to it on its own, but even then it doesn’t really get there.
Final Rating: 6/10
June 21, 2012
Release Date: 1991
Genre: Death Metal
1. Mother Man (04:33)
2. Unquestionable Presence (04:07)
3. Retribution (03:17)
4. Enthralled In Essence (03:37)
5. An Incarnation’s Dream (04:52)
6. The Formative Years (03:31)
7. Brains (03:41)
8. And The Psychic Saw (04:49)
9. Enthralled In Essence (Pre-production Demo 8/90) (03:32)
10. The Formative Years (Pre-production Demo 8/90) (03:29)
11. Unquestionable Presence (Pre-production Demo 8/90) (03:56)
12. An Incarnation’s Dream (Pre-production Demo 8/90) (04:09)
13. Retribution (Pre-production Demo 8/90) (03:19)
14. Brains (Pre-production Demo 8/90) (03:40)
15. Enthralled In Essence (Demo 1990) (03:44)
16. Mother Man (Demo 1990) (04:43)
17. And The Psychic Saw (Demo 1990) (04:37)
Total Length: 01:07:38
Mother Man brings the band’s jazz influences to the forefront, as well as the refined songwriting compared to their first album. Unquestionable Presence is fairly cool. Retribution is an alright track, nothing special. Enthralled In Essence has some neat moments. An Incarnation’s Dream is somewhat cool as well. The Formative Years has some cool riffs.
Brains is alright, nothing notable compared to the other songs. And The Psychic Saw is definitely the best song on here, it’s very cool. Enthralled In Essence starts off the long line of demo tracks. This track is much the same. The Formative Years actually has a little bit better vocal performance than the album track in my opinion. Unquestionable Presence is again very similar.
An Incarnation’s Dream is fairly cool. Retribution is almost a little cooler here in instrumental form. Brains as well is kind of more interesting here. The last three tracks are some earlier demos. Enthralled In Essence is okay. Mother Man if just the rhythm section, which is fairly neat for posterity. And The Psychic Saw is kind of neat here, but the roughness in the recording detracts from it.
Overall, this album is a much stronger showing than the band’s first. It is way more refined and I do like the very interesting brand of metal concocted here. I can’t say it’s one of my favorites, but I do recognize it for what it is.
Final Rating: 8.5/10
June 19, 2012
Release Date: 1989
Genre: Death Metal
1. Piece Of Time (04:33)
2. Unholy War (02:18)
3. Room With A View (04:05)
4. On They Slay (03:38)
5. Beyond (02:59)
6. I Deny (04:00)
7. Why Bother (02:56)
8. Life (03:12)
9. No Truth (04:36)
10. No Truth (Beyond demo) (04:00)
11. On They Slay (Beyond demo) (03:53)
12. Choose Your Death (Beyond demo) (03:20)
13. Brain Damage (Beyond demo) (04:42)
14. Beyond (Beyond demo) (03:16)
15. Hell Hath No Mercy (Hell Hath No Mercy demo) (03:04)
16. On They Slay (On They Slay demo) (04:05)
17. Brain Damage (On They Slay demo) (04:48)
18. Undefiled Wisdom (On They Slay demo) (04:27)
Total Length: 01:07:52
Piece Of Time has a cool intro, and the bulk of the song is pretty good with some cool riffs. Unholy War has some neat moments. Room With A View has never done much for me. On They Slay has some neat riffs but that’s about all I can say. Beyond is a somewhat cool song. I Deny is only ‘alright’ to me. Why Bother fares a little bit better.
Life is very ‘meh’ to me. No Truth is probably the best song on the album. No Truth comes right back again, and it and the next four songs make up the “Beyond” demo. The song is still good here. On They Slay in this rougher form actually feels a bit better to me. Choose Your Death is an alright song. Brain Damage is fairly cool and it’s a shame it never got rerecorded. Beyond caps off this demo and is nothing special.
Hell Hath No Mercy is the only track from its demo on here, it’s decent. On They Slay and the two tracks after it were the band’s second demo. The songs here are much the same as they would become, except the intro of this one is played slower, which gives a different feel. Brain Damage is much the same and still a fairly neat song. Undefiled Wisdom has some alright moments. Basically, I like this band but I am not terribly fond of the early stuff. It just doesn’t feel honed at all.
Final Rating: 6.5/10