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Diskreet: Engage the Mechanicality
Grindcore, Technical Death Metal
Candlelight Records
October 26th, 2010
Release length: 37:54
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Diskreet formed in Topeka, Kansas back in 2003, being yet another act to join in the Technical Death Metal/Grindcore genre. Despite the negative attention that the band’s debut EP, Infernal Rise, received, the group has returned nearly three years later with a follow-up. Engage the Mechanicality is the group’s first full-length offering, and it proves that the band must have been listening, as much of what many critics had griped about aren’t quite as abused on this release. Instead, what is presented may not be the most original release in this quickly growing style, but it sure is one that is, for the most part, well executed.

If you hear one band that falls into this style of music, then chances are pretty high you have heard practically all of them. However, there are still some out there that can execute the music nicely and create an intimidating atmosphere to go with it, without just simply following the trend. Diskreet manage to that with Engage the Mechanicality, and aids the album’s acceptance by dropping many of the breakdowns that proved to be their downfall in the past. The more technical guitar work and drumming offers great variances to the music, many of which show some great talent, such as during the track “Spinal Cord Collection”. Of course, this winds up being one of the more damning tracks of the album, as it really does wind up simply abusing breakdowns throughout. There are some scattered about through many of the other songs, but this is one that seems to be built on just heavier, faster paced moments like these, but some of them have a good chance of not even really being noticed unless you are looking. This happens to be the case with “Valley of Kings”, which is a phenomenal track that barely touches the whole breakdown concept, blending them in nicely. “Bishop of War” also manages to blend them in nicely so that they become a genuine part of the song’s progression, instead of just coming off as being thrown in to expand the song. The guitar solo that appears on this track is also very well done, and only manages to enhance the intensity of the track moreso, getting the blood pumping, and causingt he ending of this track to really jump out at the listener.

Through the album, there isn’t really that much in the line of variation between songs. While there are plenty of different musical approaches in eeach song, the general layout of each track is about the same, following the same kind of musical compositions and patterns as the last, as well as speed. The only track that really winds up standing out as you go through the release is “Human Harvest”, which is performed at a much slower pace most of the time, utilizing more of a Death Metal approach, sometimes without any real technical aspects, but, to no surprise, has some musical moments that sound similar to the Death Metal Job for a Cowboy the Metal community has now. This also features the slowest breakdowns by the band, and may of them honestly jsut feel tacked on, such as the one around the half way point. This is one of the very songs where the breakdowns actually become an extreme inconvenience outside of a listener’s general disgust for them. The ending of this is also rather weak, coming off hollow at times, and, sadly, becoming a little repeititive upon itself, let alone on many of the other tracks on this effort. Had the band kept with the sound that made up a good chunk of the start to this song, it would have been fantastic, but instead just went in so many different confusing directions, it proved that not all of the negative aspects to the band’s song writing have been removed. Sadly, this also opens the floodgates for what could only wind up being called filler material for this, and the next song.

The ending of Engage the Mechanicality works out well for the release, however, especially making up for the two filler tracks that hit. “Graves” winds upbeing a song that actually has some impact in the music, and doesn’t rely on breakdowns to push it forward, or take from songs already present on this release. Instead, this, much like “Bishop of War”, has a unique section, just in the middle of the song and pushing to the end, causing it to stand out. Finally, the album hits you with “Haunt of Fear”, which is a powerfully driving song, hitting as hard as the first few songs, like “Valley of Kings” and “Serpent Tongue”. Sadly, this doesn’t really leave the listener wanting more, or make the listener want to go back to the start rightaway.

Engage the Mechanicality is a strong album from Diskreet that corrects the breakdown abuse and repetition, but only for the most part. The music on here is often very heavy and makes an impact, but there’s no denying a strong repetition in some songs, regardless of how varies the music is within that track, as well as overabuse of breakdowns in some of the tracks. If the band would work on making some songs stand out more like they did on “Haunt of Fear” or “Bishop of War”, as well as not break the bank on breakdowns on some songs, then this would have been a great album. But, sadly, for as many good tracks as there are, there just isn’t much room for repeat plays and you’ll be picking and choosing what tracks you listen.

01. Engage – 0:27
02. Valley of Kings – 3:11
03. Serpent Tongue – 3:08
04. Spinal Cord Collection – 3:42
05. Bishop of War – 3:26
06. The Fall of Mankind – 3:27
07. We Are Legion – 3:49
08. Human Harvest – 3:43
09. Pawning the Sanctuary – 3:43
10. Graves – 4:23
11. Haunt of Fear – 4:41
Initial Pressing Score: 4.5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Candlelight Records.