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Domination Through Impurity: Masochist
Technical Death Metal
Epitomite Records
2010
Release length: 39:42
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Domination Through Immpurity is a band that will have many Death Metal fanatics drooling with anticipation. This group is a two-piece project that hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, and has a strong lineage behind it with the band members involved, including Joe Payne and Jorden Varela. The lineage of bands these two have worked with includes Divine Heresy, Lust of Decay (which both are members of), Lividity, and even Nile. Given this laundry list of who’s who bands in Death Metal, Masochist, the band’s follow-up to their debut full-length effort, Essence of Brutality, makes for a welcome release of what anyone could only expect to unbridled kick ass Death Metal. Right?

Well, somewhat. Domination Through Impurity finds themselves utilizing Technical guitar riffs throughout the song, but without really going overboard with overly complex technical skills like many bands are utilizing more and more, such as Origin and Braindrill, but holding back a bit to create a dark atmosphere to the recording that has a Brutal feel to it in the vein of material like early Cryptopsy. Of course, aside the technical presence, there’s also a rather undeniable influence brought in by recent Behemoth recordings, which seems to really show through on the track “Path of Righteousness”, utilizing a similar introduction to that of the song “Slaves Shall Serve”, and generally having a Behemoth quality to the music, but often losing the full-sounding in-your-face commanding presence that started the song off, and also appears throughout the track. Aside that trait, there is also a pretty strong Job for a Cowboy feel to the material as the band utilizes sudden changes to the flow of the songs, but not really using any kind of transition between the two.

And that leads to one of the main problems to this release. Masochist can sometimes find itself too technical for it’s own good, but not in a butchered “kicking the horse” kind of sense. There are times where a technical guitar performance occurs, and comes off like that of a guitar solo, but the problem is that there is nothing to back it up, which is the case of “Path of Righteousness” that causes it to drop in and out of sounding full and commanding. There’s nothing to support the technical guitar work, leaving it to sound empty and hollow, as if the band had another guitarist who just stopped and watched the technical portion, then realized he was supposed to be playing. Another issue with this release is the sudden breakdowns. While it’s obvious the band is trying to bring in a Slam Death Metal influence to the recording, it just doesn’t cut it, and they often feel out of place and weak. “The Dead Within” is the perfect example, though not the first breakdown on the release, and it seems to just come out of nowhere with a lack of a genuine transition, then moves at a very slow pace with material that is just not impressive or make me want to start tearing things up in a moshpit, makeshift or genuine, and really just takes on more of a Deathcore feel to it, as well as many others on this release, then any kind of high quality Slam breakdown.

Besides all that, there’s still some well done music on this release that should be given some attention. “Interminable Descent” makes for a good opening track that sets up the release nicely, though it’s easily not one of the strongest tracks. The music does seem to build as you continue through, getting stronger with each new track, for the most part. There are a few times where the music doesn’t carry the same kind of energy and passion the band can put out, such as the song “Becoming One”, which is just a beast of a song that hammers away at the listener with great speed and intensity from start to finish, and “Less Than Human” has some solid music behind it that keeps a slightly slower pace then “Becoming One”, though it seems to feature more of a modern Job for a Cowboy transitional effect in the compositions that keep the material from becoming consistent and fluid for this song. “The Cruel Hand of Fate” also makes for an interesting addition, being a very slow paced instrumental track that is clearly aimed more at creating an atmosphere then anything, but, like the breakdowns on this release, it seems to come out of nowhere and would have been better suited as an outro to the album then a belated intermission track.

But, overall, the album has some impressive material that should be heard. The main problem is that this group mixes many influences together, and the outcome isn’t really the strongest in the Death Metal scene. Many inspirations become apparent the more you listen to the album, and they can sometimes hinder the song’s progression and flui feel. The atmosphere, however, is still present, and the recording is not too clear, but clean enough that you can make out much of the lyrics being performed, and hear every intricate element of the guitats and drums without feeling overwhelmed or like all bite has been removed. If it weren’t for some of the more Deathcore-based concepts that seem to be failed Slam elements, this release would have been something fantastic, but it’s still a release with some replay power to it, even though it seems to go downhill after “The Cruel Hand of Fate” hits, which is suitable given how the feel of the album shifts to accomodate the sudden alteration to the band’s sound.

01. Interminable Descent – 4:39
02. Masochist – 4:07
03. Path to Righteousness – 6:29
04. The Dead Within – 4:01
05. Becoming One – 3:47
06. The Cruel Hand of Fate (Instrumental) – 2:43
07. Less Than Human – 3:51
08. Bleeding the Damned – 4:19
09. Patron Saint of Hate – 5:52
Initial Pressing Score: 5.5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Epitomite Records via Clawhammer PR.