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Pathology: Legacy of the Ancients
Brutal Death Metal
Victory Records
July 6th, 2010
Release length: 29:59
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It’s always odd to see a band that is a little out of the traditional style roster on Victory Records, as this label does put out good metal releases, but seem to stick moreso to Hardcore, Metalcore, and sometimes Emo acts, bands along those lines. However, sometimes this label’s odd signing proves to be a very good and exciting thing, which is exactly what Pathology winds up being. This Brutal Death Metal act from California brings us their fourth full-length effort, Legacy of the Ancients, and it’s a highly addicting album chock full of musical mayhem and brutality.

With an intro that seems rather reminiscent of one of Mortician‘s horror movie chunks, though it seems more like a re-recording of a horror film introduction for the album then an actual audio snippet, the album is quickly under way, not wasting any time to kick right into the music with “Code Injection”, a heavy song full of chunky-sounding guitar riffs, fast paced drumming that has great substance and complexity to it, adding a catchy, headbanging element to the song that aids the very deep gutterals that don’t go off into the typical pig squeels. The rest of the album is just as straight forward, having everything that makes a great Brutal Death Metal act in the mix, and doesn’t cater to many of the stereotypes, such as the abuse of squeeling and including up to three horror movie samples or snippets on every track, with only a car crash sound effect utilized during the title track “Legacy of the Ancients”. “Collapsing in Violence” is the only track that really seems to void the flow of the album and send the music in a slightly different direction thanks to it slow back to back Death Metal breakdowns that are seperated with a bridge that retains the same brutal atmosphere the rest of the album has.

There really aren’t any negative aspects at all to this album. The production is rather clean, but that doesn’t really take away any of the bite to this record. Everything is layered nicely and all instruments can be heard properly with a good amount of distortion on the guitars to make them very heavy, and the vocals, though a little too clear, still have a strong impact overall. The album is also just one second short of thirty minutes, and honestly it would have been nice to have one or two more songs on this release, but in the end the album is a solid near thirty minutes of Brutal Death Metal, so there would be that lingering fear of filler material, which is just not found on this release at all luckily. The only thing that this release could have improved on was adding a little more intensity to the music at times. Much of Legacy of the Ancients moves at the same pace, locked between a mid-tempo and fast paced sound typically fueled by the drumming, with exception to the title track “Legacy of the Ancients” which has a slower pace to it that really creates a very crushing sound, as well as atmosphere, jumping between the established pace to mid and fast tempos in almost a built up nature. There are many times on this release that you’ll wish there was more done through the guitars to improve the impact that they have on the music, such as playing a little faster or being more complex, much like “The Extinction of Flesh”.

Much of what was mentioned could be easily looked over, except for the hoping for a little more intensity in the musical aspect of the album. This doesn’t mean Legacy of the Ancients is a boring release, or will even become boring over a short while. This album is actually very well composed and a solid effort from the band that really highlights the pros of the style. However, there’s one thing on Legacy of the Ancients that honestly makes no sense at all, and that would be the end of “Saturn Brotherhood”, which is cut short at the very end quite abruptly. Why? There’s clearly a little more left to the song, as it cuts the vocalist and music off completely before they even get to finish, and it’s obviously only going to be two, maybe three more seconds to let the music ring out so it wouldn’t have been that much of a problem to correct the error unless it’s just some kind of production error that will hopefully be corrected by the time the album drops in stores, but all sites state the track length of the official release is the same as the promotional copy supplied for review.

Outside of a moment of absolute confusion right at the very end, Legacy of the Ancients is one of the most promising Death Metal based releases from Victory Records in ages, as well as a highly enjoyable album from Pathology. With great diversity, and the proper amount of distortion against a clear digital recording to still keep the edge to this recording, Legacy of the Ancients proves to be an album that Death Metal fans will ultimately embrace and should be added to their collections day one, especially if you’re sick and tired of bands that abuse this style’s stereotypes in order to go for some kind of shock value. While the level of intensity on the release may not be quite enough to set off fireworks against other established and well received acts of this style, this is still a solid release that brings plenty of variety, a great amount of talent, and enough brutal music to keep even the most picky Death Metal hounds happy for a good time to come.

01. Intro – 0:20
02. Code Injection – 2:53
03. Among Giants – 3:14
04. Abduction – 3:03
05. Afterlife – 3:03
06. Collapsing in Violence – 3:22
07. Tower of Babel – 2:43
08. Blood Runs – 2:57
09. The Extinction of Flesh – 2:48
10. Legacy of the Ancients – 2:50
11. Saturn Brotherhood – 2:46
Overall Score: 9/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Victory Records.