Friday, January 30, 2015

Album Review: "Theodicy" by Deivos

Today I am checking in on some Death Metal from across the pond and behind the Iron Curtin.

Poland's Deivos is releasing their fourth album on Selfmadegod Records.

Though heavy metal is originally an English creation, it's always interesting to hear the European interpretation of death metal, which is a very American concept.

It's kind of like Texas. Everything is bigger, bolder, and far more in your face.

The European sensibility is far more austere and utilitarian than that of our American one. We like things for the sake of things, but Death Metal, again, is very American. I digress, so we should move onto the music itself.

Like all good death metal, Theodicy takes some time to warm up.

Death metal never starts off full bore, but it's a group of cannibals circling their victims stewing in the pot.

Like a good party, the songs on this album are very long. There are only six tracks in the 39 minutes.

Musically, the guitars are thick, thick, thick.

They are full of midrange growl. Most extreme metal scoops the mids a bit.

There is as much chaos theory as there is music theory in the chords and the solos.

The solos sound like they're written by an insane man in his moment of lucidity. The rhythms chug and squeal with their pinched harmonics.

What makes this band great is the slightly alternate take on the genre. Instead of the angelic choirs, there are Eastern Orthodox sounding intros. It feels different.

There are nearly as many bass solos on the album as guitar solos. It's all unique and all very powerful.

Release: 2/15/15
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Selfmadegod Records
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