Monday, April 27, 2015

Album Review: "The Reign of the 7th Sector" by Whorion

The Reign of the 7th Sector
Metal is the angriest thing in the world.

For me, it's like listening to the blues but for when you're just so angry at things.

For those who can hear it, metal is soothing to the soul and allows venting of negative emotions.

Extreme metal is really the end game for me. Over the years my taste has moved back towards the heaviest and angriest of all the metals.

From the days when Death, Master, and Possessed first created the genre and now, there have been intergalactic changes.

Today we're focusing on something that's far and away from those first generation extreme metal bands: Symphonic Death Metal. I don't really claim to believe in that particular sub-genre, as there are just far too many, but it's hard to discount Whorion's differences from the standard death metal fare.

 Most extreme metal records start off with an overture, for lack of a better word. Something that really drives the point home about what the listener is about to digest.

Whorion throws that convention to the four winds. There is no need.

Their music is brutally heavy. The vocals emit an anger bordering on madness.

The drumming has crossed far over into madness...

The guitars are crunchier than a rice crispy chocolate bar. Aside from just the heavy palm mutes and lightning fast riffing, there's an interplay between the two guitars that's light years ahead of bands like Malevolent Creation who have two guitarists doubling the same riff at all times.

Bits of melody arrive between the crushing blows. These melody lines are crammed in and never breathe the open air, at least those on guitar.

The strings add a layer of atmosphere showing this is more than just a paint by numbers modern death metal record. I've been laughed at hundreds of time when I've said metal is, well should be, grandiose like symphonic musical pieces and Whorion, among others, have taken that to the bank.

Riffs, growls, drumming, and beautiful strings. It's a marriage made in hell.

Release: 4/24/15
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Inverse Records
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