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Singularity- Place Of Chains – 10/10 \m/

 

Singularity

Place Of Chains

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Out 10/11/2019

Line up

Jack Fliegler – Vocals

Adam King Bass, Vocals

Nick Pompliano- Keyboards

Nathan Bigelow – Drums


 

 

Tempe, Arizona based misfits Singularity is back with a new album dropping very shortly, and I have to tell you people. It is awesome, I mean better than some of the stuff I have been hearing for the past ten months. There were not many albums that came out this year that impressed me thoroughly.  There were some I was excited about, and were exactly what I expected from them. Place Of Chains is on another level, its album of the year material in my book. I’m not going to waste any time hyping this one up.  I would only be talking about the first 5 tracks, however the first track is an introductory, and without lyrical content. I am also going to cover track #6 Desmoterion since that would make five songs with lyrical content, and also longer than 3 minutes in length.

 

 

#1) Bellum -The intro, what a nice lead up into the next track. I love when a band has a solid introductory track. While it may seem like a simple thing, some bands blow it in my opinion. This is how to lead in right. The first minute and a half has no drums. Then boom 1:40 things kick it up a level. The buildup is spectacular. A nice solo to finish things off and moving right in to the next track. More than just a mere introductory track. They pack a combo of killer instrumental work right before fading into Victory or Death.

 

#2 Victory Or Death- Hot damn this one is right out of the gate with rapid-fire blast beats, and menacing guitars. I need to give praise to these guys for beginning with “LET THE GAMES BEGIN” how can you begin an album with a more badass line than that. Jack just got everyone’s attention with that brilliant line.  I feel like I do not even need to listen to the rest of this song to make my mind at how awesome it is. They give you hell for a solid minute and then ease up on the listener. I am sitting in awe listening to Nathans drums. Dude this guy is nuts. I mean the guy was touring with Alterbeast and filling in on drums for others at the same time. He can definitely hold his own that is made clear right now. Man the guitars just lure the listener right in. Whoo, that is a Ric Flair-esqe guitar solo towards the end of the song there.  To be honest, this is my first chance listening to Singularity. I knew they were coming out with something so I held off listening to stuff from their first album until this album graced my hard drive.

 

#3) Sisyphean Cycle – Sisyphean cycle- grim intro with the vocals, a much slower start to a track than the last one. I get a bit more of a black metal vibe on this track. I’m not a big black metal fan, but, around 1:20, they eloquently begin to melt faces with that frenzy of blasts and guitar riffage. I must admit my interest was piqued with Blackened technical death metal but damn I like what I am hearing.  I am really digging the technical death metal bands that have the black metal style weaved throughout in subtle form. These guys blend so well. I believe this is one of the singles they released and for good reason. It really highlights their ability to go the distance with so much spice added to the song structure. That last solo starting at the 4:58 mark is spectacular. I love the orchestration behind that guitar solo.  I mean this is what I am talking about, absolutely brilliant sounding. The last minute and a half are killer. Goddamn these guys are on fire.

 

#4) Ritual of Regret – Nathan makes quick time getting this song set up and on target. It has a nice pace to it, and I am really digging the change of pace when the vocals come in. not a ton slower by any means, they still maintain a good pace. It was a damn good track to do some yard work too. Anything that requires your amped up energy levels, this is a good track.  I would say for any people who listen to metal and get motivated. This album will help you rip the shit out of whatever you are doing  Just a full disclosure, if there was one and only one song that I feel as though it is a little more 2 dimensional, or is a little leaner than the rest. It is the shortest track on the album not including the first introductory track.  Nevertheless, it does not lack in quality, let me be clear. The meat to this song is impeccable. I guess the only thing I can notice is less solo work, less Nathan Bigelow drum brilliance.

#5)-Consume and Assume – This is a solid example of Nathans kick ass drumming skills. Just listen to that beginning. The dude is just straight crushing it with something that is jazzy, technical and then flips his blast beat mode switch and completely decimates any room for a spare note.  Looking for a guitars solo that will make you want more, it happens right at the 1:43, mmmm listen to that solo. It feels like it had a double serving of soul in it. This is a fun track to listen to; the melody in the back is superb. They have constructed a sound so beautiful and yet damn they have such a razor sharp technical blackened death sound it is ridiculous. I genuinely am excited for anyone who is looking for something new, or have never heard singularity before, because this is going to be a fan favorite album. I am so impressed by this album thus far, it’s truly top tier metal.

 

#6 Desmoterion- Holy shit, this is absolute hellfire, mixed with legitimately everything you could possibly want in a track. This song clocks in around 7 minutes long, but have no fear you will feel like the song packs in a full 10. There is so much meat to this tune it is not even funny. In terms of how you will feel after listening to it. Well let us be honest with each other. You’re going to feel like there was life before Singularity- Desmoterion, and then life after this track. People are going to remember where they were when they heard it type of shit. Yeah, if they don’t release this as a single, it’s because they do not want to melt everyone before hearing the album in its entirety.  If you have managed to hold your shit together through the first half then just get a load of the moment 3:55 hits, because this sets up such a magical acoustic melody with the guitars. Drums come in with just the right zest and they work that, building up 5:10 when the vocals come in “Release me…..” and then one of the sickest solos one has offered up this year. This track is a pure display of superior musical power. God damn now that is a chart-topping track. This song alone sells the album for me, I do not even need to listen to the rest to know I am buying it, but since I’m writing a review, I have listened to more.

 


This album is going to be one of my top albums of 2019. I have not been a fan of any black metal or blackened anything that has come to me in months. However, damn, this is different. Starting out the album with the first words you hear for lyrical content is LET THE GAMES BEGIN. That right there is to me a small meticulous detail but the fact of the matter is that this album absolutely crushes because of all the little details. The pianos, the melody, the solos, how they blended black metal and technical death metal without any fluff. They do not need to trim the fat; they are a lean smooth running machine of some of the sickest metal I have heard in a while. The amount of “Technical black, blackened death” etc. I have gotten, and how many I have even considered writing about is two very different numbers. This album can and will stand the test of time. This album, this band has blown me away. There are some heavy hitters on the guest list too. Malcolm Pugh on every track for the additional orchestrations. Nick Padovani for co composition and guitar solo, Jared Christianson doing some guest vocals on Victory or Death. This album is packed to the brim with talent.  This entire album, from start to finish keeps the listener engaged. Every second of every song is musical platinum.  I cannot find a single thing I dislike about this album, I just cannot, and there is nothing that could be changed to better this album.

10/10 go out and buy this ASAP your ears will thank you

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Spectrum Of Delusion- Esoteric Entity – Album review- 9.2/10 \m/

Spectrum of Delusion

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Esoteric Entity

Released 08/18/2017

 


Tracklist:
Intro     
Beyond Affliction
Dead Weight
Illuminate Eradicate
Reverie
Ruler of Cruel
Unborn Tragedy
Mixotrophy
Timelines

 

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Lineup

Douwe Negenman – Vocals
Nathan Bonkerk – Lead Guitar
Frank van Rijswijk – Rhythm Guitar
Jerry Kamer – Bass Guitar
Jeroen Mostert – Drums

Hey there everyone,  today I bring you the Netherland based technical death metal team Spectrum of Delusion and their recently released album Esoteric Entity.

Forged in 2013 by drummer Jeroen  and Nathan they built the band up from performing covers until Frank joined and then they began their journey into creating killer music. Now the interesting part of all this is they actually had another album written and ready back in 2014 however after reviewing everything they scrapped it because it didn’t adhere to their level of acceptable standards and their sound. A whole album with seven string guitars and a five string bass, scrapped because it wasn’t true to their core.  They set off to create something more pure to their sound and decided to put a fretless in the hands of Jerry and upon that brilliant idea, Douwe joined and everything came together to  get Esoteric Entity finished. This is the debut Album of Dutch Technical Deathmetal band Spectrum of Delusion.

The intro will take you for a melodic stroll into the music with very slight progression, and the only hint they give you is the bass only seconds before the intro ends and “Beyond Affliction” begins.  I am really digging the levels of all the instruments especially the bass.  It is right there and not hiding behind anyone; they deliver a nice simple guitar solo around the thirty-second mark before jumping into the verse with a blasting rhythm from the drums.  Damn this track is awesome, melodic, technical and has a great mix to it, what a great song to start the album with.  It really hooks the listener, especially with the bass, these guys did a killer job on this album.

Dead Weight

This track has a nice build up period lasting just shy of sixty seconds, but I really get hooked by their melodic and captivating sections with the instruments before the first verse begins.  The verse seems to sink the hooks in further.  They keep the song length around four and a half minutes long but I would say about two minutes of that is music without vocals. Nothing wrong with that though, showcasing the talent of all the musicians in the band is a great way to flex their muscles and give listeners like myself a solid idea of what we are working with here.

Illuminate, Eradicate

It has a much quicker set up, not much build up or progression before the first verse however they simply get right down to business this is one of my favorite tracks off the album, and yet it has some of the least instrumental sections of the album.  The song as a whole is very catchy, and the ability to really hear the bass is what draws me in the most.  Spectrum of Delusion is not one of those bands that has a killer guitarist, a drummer that can keep up and then the rest of the guys just fill in the blanks. No, each and every member of this band has talent worth the attention they get.  This song clocks in less than three minutes in length, but damn does it pack a mean punch.  I do wish it had a little more instrumental time however this is such an efficient track I respect the fact that they are able to hook me without the same tools as the previous tracks.  This is a track that has no filler, catchy with some tasty riffs, and still has a bit of a wow factor.

 

Reverie

This one seems to pick up almost the way Illuminate ends, it’s almost like “Reverie” should be a part of illuminate, it just follows up Illuminate so well. Tempo is nearly the same unit the first vocals are heard.  They slow the speed down for dramatic effect, and I find it to be effective right around the 1:36 mark Douwe adds another layer to that slowed down section, really emphasizing the vocals being held long.  This song is one of those songs where typically I hear it’s not as fast as the previous track. My mind begins to wander thinking that the song will just not keep my attention for long. That isn’t the case with this song, I did need to listen to it for a few spins. But the slowed down section grew on me, and it was all because of the vocals.  I went into this track not enjoying it as much, and then let it grow on me, and now I enjoy this song in a different light.

 

Ruler of Cruel

This song has a bit of an ominous buildup, but right around the :09 mark you can hear the bass hit a high note. And delivers two bars of that bass note, a few vocals and then back to that bass note. Jerry Kamer has taken my expectations of this album to a new level, but it’s the saxophone that has piqued my interest now.  Not many bands can pull off a cool album or a cool song and then also incorporate a saxophone into it and maintain the same level of heaviness. Cephalic Carnage, and WRVTH have been able to pull it off. But Spectrum takes things to a different level with the sound of the bass, then the saxophone and a jazzed up section in the middle of a heavy track.  Damn kudos to the guys for pulling it off and then also to Erwin Van Wieringen for playing the saxophone.  Which brings me to another item, session musicians don’t have to be guitarists or drummers they can be saxophonists that add another spicy level to some badass music.

 

Unborn Tragedy

This song really unearthed similarities to bands like Beyond Creation, and Necrophagist and I find myself really impressed by this album.  This song starts out slower than the others, and it has a bass filled melodic introduction that sets up the base layer of the song, and when that bass fades out the next section is up tempo and builds up that next layer in which the vocals are going to start, with a faster energy and a heavier attack.  The tempo changes several times in the song, and yet each transition is very fluid.  There is one section of the song I am not 100% sure I dig it or not.  But halfway through the song they have a section that is a bit repetitive and while it’s not sloppy, it’s not hooking me either. The saving grace for this track  is the drums and the bass.

 

Mixotrophy

The song begins with a quick set of blasts, and then a heavy bass line with a guitar over that making some sweet melodic build up. When the vocals start in, shit has gotten real at this point. The song heads into a fast paced tech death barrage of blasts and just when you have succumbed to that catchy section, they change time and direction slightly.  I am not sure what impresses me the most about this album, there are too many things to list. But I find with some bands too many changes can ruin it for the listener.  We want to be pulled in and stay with the song the whole time.  But with this track the changes are so subtle that they just flow into each other with very little set up for each transition.  They just flow right through the song.  from 3:10 to about 3:49 there are no vocals but a killer instrumental section. I love these instrumental sections Spectrum have added to some of the songs.  I find I enjoy these moments so much because the instruments all blend in well, there is no overshadowing, every instrument is clear, and it adds to the quality of the music.

 

Timelines

This is a great follow-up to Mixotrophy, because of the seamless transition from one track to the next.  This is really the only track I can say has some chugging coming from the guitars, the tone is a bit darker sounding to me, but the actual pace of the song and intensity is right around the same level. But I really absolutely dig the part at the :52 mark, where the vocals have an old school style to their delivery for just a few lines before the blast beats begin. The head movement starts to kick in and you are already hooked by the 1:10 mark. And the song has really only just gotten started. This track is the longest running track on the album but only by a second. The reason I bring that up is because there is so much packed into this song, and it really could have gone on longer. But Spectrum takes the last forty seconds of the song to finish the song out, but at the 5:15 mark they kick off a guitar solo and then fade out. Really leaving me wanting more to come out of my speakers.

 

 

All in all, this album kicks ass, this was my first time hearing Spectrum of Delusion, and I am glad I did. They remind me of a mix between Beyond Creation, Virvum, and Necrophagist.  A truly nice blend of melodic, yet technical/progressive death metal.

This album is great, the production, the balance of instruments to each other as well as the vocals. These guys don’t make up a band, they make up a team. A team that come together and don’t have any one member pulling the most weight through sound and musicianship. The intro track does a solid job getting the listener warmed up and then everything after flows perfectly.  This is an album you can hit play and leave all the controls alone.  Push play, listen, rock out, repeat.  The production of this album is well beyond expectations considering what these guys are asking for in price. Because who doesn’t have two dollars to spare for nine tracks ( eight and an introduction track)? I am digging this album, and I will be keeping my eye out for more from this badass bunch.  9.2/10 \m/

 

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