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Dehumanized: Controlled Elite
Death Metal
Comatose Music
November 27th, 2012
Release length: 40:40
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Dehumanized has definitely had their share of problems. The New York City based Death Metal group formed in 1995, split up in 2000, reformed in 2004, then called it a day again in 2007. In the midst of this chaos, the band issued two demos, one in 1996 and another in 2005, as well as their very first full-length effort, Prophecies Foretold, in 1998. At some point, the band reunited once again, signing to a multi-album record deal with comatose Music. Nearly fourteen years after their debut, the band went back into the studio to record and release their long awaited follow-up effort, Controlled Elite. However, has all this time found plenty of rust in the machine, or is Dehumanized stronger than ever?

Controlled Elite is a crisp Death Metal assault, but often typical that is as if performed by a group that suffers from ADHD. The audio quality doesn’t help either, as it isn’t that beneficial to the performances at all. The guitars have a mild distortion that sounds a bit distant, but it still has a decent edge. The bass, however, is what ends up really dominant in the mix, holding a low tuning that is comparable to the deep click of the bass kick, and mixture of deeper and mid-range tightness of the snares. The cymbals are crystal clear, again being a bit further in the music overall, but still fills things up well enough. Even the guttural vocals, sometimes met with rhasps that stand alone or end up layered, offering a nice bite to the music. However, the effort is definitely a bit too clean for it’s own good. While it is rich in some areas, not all of Controlled Elite sounds deep, full, atmospheric, or even all that intense despite the faster technical leads found through much of the album.

That doesn’t seem to effect all the songs though. “Body Colonizers” starts off with a slower build with some creepy music, then slows down even more to a crushing pace, acting as more of a Slam inspired breakdown, something that erupts constantly through every offering present. This varies throughout the opening track, but does cut into a much faster and aggressive performance about fifty seconds in. Things continue to pick up the further in you get, eventually being met with Grindcore-esque blastbeats that pound away at the listener, accompanied with rhaspy screams in the background before heading into a breakdown once more to wrap things up. There’s also “Spoiled,” which is a largely aggressive, and much faster track, that just tries to assault you as much as possible in a restricted amount of time. The main riffs are crushing and dismal, while the guttural vocals kind of match the present hostility. There are some slower sections that can appear though. Some are just additional catchy leads, but others act more like additional breakdowns, or even a quicker, upbeat foundation of two-step fueled Death Metal that’s hard to deny giving in and banging your head along.

“Controlled Elite” is a much stronger track, featuring a good deal of fury and intensity with a rich overall sound that will easily whip the listener into a frenzy. The fury behind the music is often interrupted by some additional slower passages that aren’t that strong, but the band seems to stick with a restrained approach to each verse, bridge, and chorus for longer than many other songs allow. But, the main issue here is that it does gradually tone down towards the end, which isn’t really met with anything too substantial outside of a muffled guitar solo that works, but doesn’t really evoke anything in the atmosphere other than a seamless shift into the slowest slam-geared breakdown you’ll hear the entire release. “Bloodties” also finds that charging intensity in the music, largely thanks to the pounding snares in the main verses that have a little extra speed to them. Later areas also carry some additional technicality to the riffs instead of a strong groove, but these areas do pick up into a very aggressive surge of hatred and violence that can easily send a moshpit into a blood frenzy, especially during some of the later crushing passages that wind up hitting hard.

But, that being said, there’s plenty of cuts that end up not working out too well. “Immortality Denied” continues the template of typical brutalizing Death Metal with a little more complexity in the lead riffs. The drums aren’t afraid to bring out some of the fastest of blasting patterns either. It’s impossible to not get wrapped up with how infectious this song is at just over three minutes, and the additional breakdown about half way through sounds pretty good, but again doesn’t offer anything unique or too engaging. “None Shall Remain” has a nice bass heavy introduction that goes right into slower material similar to “Body Colonizers,” though nowhere as creepy or intimidating. About forty seven seconds in, the pace picks up once more and hammers away with more of the somewhat complex fretwork that hits the listener with a bit of a flurry until the pace slows down again about a minute and forty seconds in, afterwards switching to some chugging material that is a little more unnerving, but the somewhat sterile sound doesn’t give any of this the impact you might hope for. Finally there’s “Condemned,” which clocks in at over seven and a half minutes, but seems to act as a hidden track that isn’t exactly hidden. The listener is greeted with four minutes and twenty seconds of silence before the slower, crushing song begins. The main riffs do pack a good deal of authority to them, and when things start to pick up, a decent groove can be found in them, as well as the drums. This carries itself more like an extended breakdown, going on for a good two plus minutes, picking up speed for a good ten seconds at the seven minute mark, then slowing things down once more to suddenly cut out at the ending of the song, as well as the album.

Controlled Elite is a pretty standard mixture of Technical Brutal Death Metal, with plenty of Grindcore elements thrown in for good measure. The problem is that it constantly shifts and never really sticks to one sound for longer than ten seconds. Dehumanized come off as a group of headbanging ADHD riddled children on Pixy Stix who decided to go ahead and write an album in that state of mind. There’s plenty of potential, and a good couple of songs that truly stick out. But, given there’s no atmosphere, and the insane amount of less-than-rich music leave the listener simply frustrated when they do something really sick or impressive, only to stop doing it suddenly in favor of slam breakdowns that often are as boring as they are pointless. If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the return of Dehumanized, chances are good you’ll be severely let down by Controlled Elite, as they try to make too much work in too short an amount of time.

01. Body Colonizers – 2:29
02. Man vs. Man – 2:33
03. Soiled – 2:39
04. Immorally Reborn – 3:03
05. None Shall Remain – 3:09
06. Root of Evil – 3:30
07. His Burden – 3:31
08. Set in Stone – 3:48
09. Controlled Elite – 4:11
10. Bloodties – 4:15
11. Condemned – 7:32
Initial Pressing Score: 5.5/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Comatose Music via Clawhammer PR.