Deadborn - Mayhem Maniac Machine review
|Album:||Mayhem Maniac Machine|
|Release date:||April 2012|
01. Premises Of Cryonics
02. Profanatic Reanimation
03. Bionic Abomination
04. Insane Motor Cortex
05. Replicants Device
06. Slaves Of Megatron
07. Reinvented Power Process
08. Second Order Cybernetics
09. Kraftwerk D
Yaaaaawn. Lately it's just been an onslaught of generic death metal albums. Occasionally something satisfying like Fisthammer comes along, but usually it's either re-hashed old school swedo' death or completely soulless tech death (and no, not soulless in that cool evil sounding way a la Dragged Into Sunlight.) Welcome to the bore club, Deadborn.
It's tech death, but not too techy. It's not melodeath, though. While some bands enjoy mixing the best of some sub-subgenres, Deadborn have managed to pick some of the least convincing parts. It's pretty forgettable, like a lot of tech death, but doesn't have that minimal level of frantic intensity that almost all tech death has.
Using the tag "tech-death" might be completely wrong here, though. These riffs don't sound as technical as they do half-cooked. In fact, the most appropriate way to describe Mayhem Maniac Machine would be to say it's generic death rhythm guitars with a few incongruous technical leads thrown on top. There's nothing wrong with not strictly fitting into one particular box, but Deadborn have managed to just perform a handful of death metal sounds in either a half-assed or completely generic manner.
The only real upshot to this whole thing is that it's got pretty decent production. The guitars are razor-sharp, the vocals are layered really nicely, and the drums definitely have a unique sound to them. After hearing tons of death metal absolutely butchered at the mixing board, it's kind of a shame to hear a decent job like this wasted on band that completely fails to cause any sort of arousal.
Writing review after review of unexciting death metal is an increasingly mundane task. Mayhem Maniac Machine get the arbitrary "thanks for coming out" score of 6 - well performed, but completely forgettable.
||Written on 20.04.2012 by Former EIC. Now just a reviewer guy.|
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