Rating:
6.5
Despised Icon - The Ills Of Modern Man
22 May 2007


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. Fainted Blue Ornaments


The now defunct Despised Icon was one of many bands that fell under the hated category of deathcore. The hate is not justified with this band, they produce new riffs and do not recycle their music over and over again, that being said I found this album to be average.

When I gave this album a spin I was happy, but not as happy as I thought I was going to be; it let me down in a few categories. The first would have to be the riffs, they were okay, but they seemed watered down and lackluster compared to older Despised Icon. The second were the vocals. Don't get me wrong, they have their moments, especially the pig squeals, but if you take these and compare them to older Despised Icon, old Despised Icon wins hands down. They have more effort put into them, and they come from the soul, while the vocals on this album just feel fake. The drumming on this album is good, it shines its brightest during the breakdowns, where blast beats and crashes reign supreme.

The overall reason why I didn't really enjoy this album, is that even being completely different from all other deathcore bands, their sound has gotten boring. Everything they have done on this album has been done on the previous ones. Minus the few good drum and vocal parts there is really nothing distinguishable in this album.

Overall, I was disappointed with this album; I wish they would have taken the time to write more original material.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 6
Originality: 5
Production: 9


Band profile: Despised Icon
Album: The Ills Of Modern Man


 


written by Boxcar Willy | 05.02.2012


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Boxcar Willy - 21.07.2012 at 16:52  
This is supposed to be a review of their 2010 release... I have no idea why it's here.
It's a poor review anyway though, so it really doesn't matter ^^
Mr. Doctor - 21.07.2012 at 17:11  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 21.07.2012 at 16:52
This is supposed to be a review of their 2010 release...

You mean "Day Of Mourning" (which is from 2009, not 2010)? I don't think it would be much of a problem to change it, just ask around.

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