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Slave Zero: Disambiguated Visionary
Death Metal, Grindcore
Double Standard Productions
November 10th, 2013
Release length: 22:52
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Slave Zero hails from Kilkenny, Ireland, and for many years has been a well hidden secret for that country despite forming back in 2000. Over the years they went through a couple musicians, but managed to churn out two full-length albums and an additional EP. For 2013, they have signed with Double Standard Productions to issue a brand new five-song EP, Disambiguated Visionary. Is it a worthy addition to their discography that doesn’t deserve to be lost in the fold, or is it one best left to obscurity?

Slave Zero has been noted for having some Thrash Metal tendencies laced in Death Metal, but this recording shows more of an aggressive Grindcore influence. “Mathmatically Legitimate Solution” pummels the listener with it after the extensive astral Ambient introduction. The deep bass hammers a tight Death Metal groove full of hostility and deeper distortions. The growls match the overall intensity well, and when mixed with the higher screams they can go together well, but not all the time as “Oscillating Perceptions of an Abstract Existence” shows. Sadly the screaming is far more restricted in range, coming off like something from an early Gorerotted album, but far less impressive with a bland enthusiasm that nearly destroys the rather furious offering.

“Embroidered Strategy of Calculated Misrepresent” continues that complexity by pounding away using well timed changes and technical chords that simply refuse to let go outside the Space Rock inspired guitar solo that matches the astral themes of the recording. “Anthropic Landscape Theory” matches this aggression with a little more brutality, and a solid guitar solo later on as well. It doesn’t really take advantage of the astral effects, nor does it try to match the Ambient introduction “Mathmatically Legitimate Solution” had at the start, leaving you wanting a little more closure than what exists.

Disambiguated Visionary is a good EP with five solid songs. The only problem ends up being the raspy screams. While powerful and matching the enthusiasm, the restricted range actually does take away from the complexity of the music being performed, but thankfully doesn’t destroy it. Slave Zero as a whole is able to keep this release alive and threatening, but may take a few spins to get past the most obvious fault. Disambiguated Visionary could have been something really special, but instead ends up a recording fans of Death Metal will find worth checking out.

01. Mathmatically Legitimate Solution – 4:12
02. Limitless Peripheral Perspective – 4:20
03. Embroidered Strategy of Calculated Misrepresent – 5:29
04. Oscillating Perceptions of an Abstract Existence – 3:12
05. Anthropic Landscape Theory – 5:40
Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

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Digital review copy of this release provided by Future PR.