Despondency: Revelation IV (Rise of the Nemesis)

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Despondency: Revelation IV (Rise of the Nemesis)
Brutal Death Metal
Brutal Bands Records
March 27th, 2009
Release length: 38:00
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God on Acid was the Despondency release that put the band on the map. It was released through Revenge Productions and made it’s way through the underground Brutal Death Metal scene like wildfire, both through legal and illegal means. That album was issued back in 2003, with only a contribution to a split release, and an EP to fill the void between full-length efforts. Finally, about six years later, Brutal Bands issued the group’s latest effort, Revelation IV (Rise of the Nemesis). Obviously, the roman numerals indicating four means the fourth release from the band while signed, and not taking into account their demo or independent EP. But, is this fourth release (second full-length) really worth the six year wait from their debut full-length?

This release is clearly aimed, once again, at a very niche market in the Brutal Death Metal scene. The music is exactly what you would expect from a high end Brutal Death Metal act, having music that simply sounds violent, living up to the Brutal aspect of the style tag. Of course, the niche aspect of this release lies in the vocals. The vocals cannot be understood, being the more gurgling style that comes across some Brutal Death Metal records by such acts as Disgorge, but there are times where they are done as just a standard gutteral in a much deeper tone. This makes for one of the real stand out elements of the band as the vocals show a great range on the recording, though they do tend to lean more in favor of the gurgling or pig-squeel-like style. The title track, “Rise of the Nemesis”, is the perfect showcase of the varying vocals due to the song’s length, and the ability of the band to keep the music strong and fluid without it becoming dull or repetitive in any manner.

The only issue with the vocals the way they are stems from the volume. The traditional gutteral vocals sound fine in the mix, but the other vocal approaches on this recording are clearly much louder, which actually causes them to be a little annoying after a while since it sounds like the producer kept the volume at the same level, and the vocalist got closer to the mic, as well as probably cupped the end of it to make them sound a little richer, which caused them to sound much louder in the final mix in comparison. This also leads to problems with the overall volume of the music too. The music is great and makes you want to crank the album. “Existence of Dismay” is just a great, adrenaline fueled song, much like many of the other tracks on here, but doesn’t necessarily change up the tempo of the music much, staying constistent at a heavy, fast pace throughout. “Screams of the Forsaken” also makes for a great track that will leave you wanting to crank the music as loud as possible with it’s brutal, burdening music that offers a good amount of variety through changes in the music, sticking mostly to a traditional Death Metal sound, just a little more intense. Of course, there’s also “Steps to Supremacy”, which is just an intimidatingly brutal track that is insanely addicting from start to finish. But, because of the higher volume level of the vocals, it’s hard to turn the volume up to the level you want without the vocals messing with the output from your speakers.

Aside the vocal issue, Revelation IV (Rise of the Nemesis) is a great album. There’s some fantastic Brutal Death Metal tracks on here, and while the vocals may be a bit too loud in the mix, you’ll still be coming back for more with it, as the music itself is well composed from start to finish, and just gives off a very brutal atmosphere. While it may not have been worth a full six years to get a new full-length due to that one flaw with the recording, the music itself proves to be well worth the wait, and makes for a great entry for the band.

0. Existence of Dismay – 3:47
0. Victimize Their Idols – 4:54
0. Invidious – 4:55
0. Rise of the Nemesis – 5:40
0. Silent Extinction – 2:56
0. Screams of the Forsaken – 4:19
0. Steps to Supremacy – 3:54
0. Sermon of Mockery (Pyrexia cover) – 3:22
0. The Source of Inhumanity – 4:25

Overall Score: 7/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Brutal Bands Records.