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Desecravity: Implicit Obedience
Technical Death Metal
Willowtip Records
January 24th, 2012
Release length: 33:55
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Japan has seen a good number of Metal bands that have found worldwide distribution, or at the least have made their way to store shelves, physically or digitally, in North America. It’s great to actually see this, as there are a number of impressive acts from that region which, ten years ago, probably never would have seen it too far away from their home country. Desecravity is another group to join onto this growing list, hailing from Tokyo. Having signed with Willowtip Records, the group has finished their debut full-length offering, Implicit Obedience, a nearly thirty-four minute rather Technical Death Metal effort.

Unlike many of the technical groups today finding a higher production quality working to their advantage, Desecravity unleash a perilous, punishing assault via a thicker sound that does feel a little raw in the long run, but not by much. The guitars have a nice distortion that feels sharper amid the muddy, bass-driven audio. It stands as a nice contrast to the pulsing bass chords that really hook the listener into the strong grooves that happen all throughout the release, both in and outside some of the more technical elements, with the bass kicks of the drum kit thundering through as a strong, loud click that retains enough of a deeper sound you can feel inside your skull. The snares are a little higher in pitch as well, sounding just a little more hollow, and the cymbals are a little lower, but still clash loudly and clearly. The vocals are the standard guttural approach, but they simply sound intimidating, working perfectly with the audio and chaotic music to push into Brutal Death Metal territories, but also finds a little rasp in the background as an accompanying style that appears faintly once in a while.

Both the music and audio to Implicit Obedience is simply stunning and well executed. Each track shows the tight coordination among the band due to some of the random changes that constantly appear, though never violating the heavy brutality of the atmosphere and performance. There’s also a great deal of energy involved that makes some of the more slightly technical elements come off far more impressive than if the band just tried to show off their skills like many others of the style just love to do. “Immortals Warfare” easily stands as one of the more important testaments of the band’s abilities, hammering away at blazing speeds with a soul crushing atmosphere that changes between plenty of fast yet slightly grove influenced passages that make head banging essential while the music’s deeper, muddier sounds gives off a hopeless atmosphere that leaves you shackled to the group while the band suffocates the life out of you. This ends up being somewhat foretold by the instrumental introduction “Into the Unknown,” which sets a very ominous atmosphere. The chiming of a grandfather clock is followed by some haunting gothic sounding piano chords, and some rather generic female choir vocals, but it becomes as if you’re listening to an introduction score of an eighties paranormal-based Horror film, and one that is the perfect introduction to a band such as this, especially when live on stage.

It actually becomes really hard to top “Immortals Warfare” here, but there are still plenty of intense tracks that really try hard to do so. “Hades” is just a nonstop assault on the listener that is paved forward by a constant mid-tempo pace for the bass kicks and snares of the drum kit for most of the track. The guitars offer up some nice technicality, and there are plenty of nice transitions to offer up a little extra variety to the track outside the constant charging, pulsing beat already laid out. The vocals match the more commanding tone of the band well, losing much of the primal vibe that other songs have. As the song progresses, it does start to grow a little more chaotic, and some chords tend to get off-key towards the end to show a bit of a psychotic element being incorporated for a shorter time than the execution of the fitting guitar solo. On top of that you have “The Collapse of Religion” which seems to take some of the more technical aspects of the bands sound, and kind of mix it with a Grindcore attitude. The song seems to remain at a traditional pace for that style without really going into blast beat territory, and it even features some higher, gurgling screams in the background. There are some blasting moments that do go in and out of some Death Metal riffs and brutality, and it really becomes an interesting change of pace for the album. The song is far from bad, and even allows the bass to take center stage more during some riffs that have the main guitars backing down for that instrument. While not off the wall, this song’s overall foundation just seems to be a little more eccentric than anything, all the while never going into too much of a show off approach in the performance that similar bands generally would do.

The background scream that seems to appear during “The Collapse of Religion” does show itself again on “Extinction with Hatred,” but this track stays far more grounded into the Death Metal field without really feeling out towards other styles. There also is the rasp introduced back in “Immortals Warfare,” which seems like a more refined version of the back-of-the-throat higher scream from the previous track, but just sounds a lot better. This also becomes the staple for the rest of the album, closing with “Extinction with Hatred” that provides some more technical chords throughout and tight passages that seem to constantly be changing pace. While the brutality isn’t that, it definitely brings the album back to the start with both “Immortals Warfare,” and “Enthralled in Decimation” which is another heavy, pulse pounding track, though not quite as intense as the song that follows it. “Dark Dimension” ends it on the note, but doesn’t really feel as impressively technical, finding the band restraining themselves a bit instead of some of the more off-the-wall material that has been coming at the listener through much of the album. This isn’t to say there isn’t anything like that, as towards the end do crop up some tighter, intricate chords. It’s a subtle change of pace and a welcome one to close the release on.

Implicit Obedience is simply a great experience. There is plenty going on in the album to make sure you don’t get tired of it anytime soon, which speaks volumes about the band, their potential, and the variety on this release. The mixture of brutalizing material and technical performances that show up here are flawlessly intertwined, and sometimes other elements like the aforementioned Grindcore-esque touches do make their way into the mix. The thick, bass-driven audio really works in the bands favor, or just sets the stage for a crushing album that fans of the Death Metal genre simply must hear. Later tracks may not quite be as impressive as the ones that kick-start the album, but either way you’ll find the band’s stangling hold on your throat one you simply won’t be able to get yourself out of for quite some time. Then again, with an album this well executed, would you really want to?

0. Into the Unknown – 1:50
0. Entralled in Decimation – 3:12
0. Immortals Warfare – 3:38
0. Demonize the Old Enemy – 5:46
0. Hades – 4:21
0. Condemnation – 3:24
0. The Collapse of Religion – 4:12
0. Extinction with Hatred – 3:58
0. Dark Dimension – 3:34
Overall Score: 9/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Willowtip Records.