[11th February 2014]
[Blast Head Records]
05. Decay Inheritance
06. In Vain
07. Sacrificial Skies
08. Impending Purification
09. Lesser Being
10. Curvatures In Time
We are certainly seeing a fair bit of death metal this year; some from familiar faces, and some new appearances. Curvatures in Time is a follow up to Infest to Ingest, Virginian brutal death metallers Human Infection‘s 2011 debut full length.
These guys are heralded as old school death metal with a modern tinge, and that much is obvious from the get-go, as the opening track “Celestial” explodes to life. After the quick introductory track, it comes out of the gates with a very thrash orientated power-riff. There are a few obvious influences in there, ranging from the likes of Decapitated to Cannibal Corpse, as well as others outside of the death metal genre such as Overkill and maybe even some Testament. It is fast, hard-hitting and drips with aggression. It does sound old-school, with a lot of focus on intense riffing. Don your patch-ridden denim jacket and snapback, punch a poser and get into the pit, guys.
The thing that stands out the most about these guys is their talent in recreating the style of riff favoured by death metal bands in the 90s. Somehow, despite the decent production and modern techniques used on this album, it just FEELS like a 90s death metal album. They might as well have released a split EP on a cassette tape with the likes of Pestilence or Obituary.
The atmosphere tells the same story; it speaks of a time before everyone sat at their computer, shouting at Black Veil Brides fans via YouTube comment and calling Trivium “false metal” on their Facebook page. It speaks of a time where people would shout at Black Veil Brides fans and call Trivium “false metal” to their face, via a drunken heckle in a tiny, bar (usually called something like Sticky Tim’s Tool Shed) and then proceeding to throw up on a bystanders shoes. It speaks of a time where you would down your beer, secure your Suicidal Tendencies cap and run round in circles with half naked men, occasionally shoulder barging an obese man’s sweaty tits and screaming “SLAAAAAYEEEEEEEER!”. Oh what good times those were.
However, nostalgic throwbacks aside, there are some shortcomings to this release. While it has energy, it does seem to teeter off a bit towards the end. It gets boring quite quickly. The vocals are very samey and even the riffs tend to follow some recurring themes. The old-school feeling is all well and good, but they don’t do the style well enough to warrant listening to these guys over the likes of the actual 90s death metal bands. They just don’t bring anything new to the table. It is rehashed riffs built on recycled ideas. While they play their instruments well and no doubt put on a fantastic show, they come off as a little stale, which isn’t good for a sophomore album.
Regardless of this, they are certainly not a BAD band, and if this kind of style is up your street, then why don’t you check them out for yourself and formulate your own fucking opinion?
Become infected with their sexually transmitted social media mediums. Or something.