The Binary Code
Suspension Of Disbelief


3.5
great

Review

by Travis Montgomery USER (3 Reviews)
December 16th, 2009 | 27 replies | 6,730 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A success genre-wise, but is still "TDM-core" at the end of the day.

5 of 7 thought this review was well written

In the vein of many of the other progressive tech-death bands (like Veil of Maya and The Faceless), The Binary Code focus on heavy blastbeats and intricate guitar-work; however, this time the band aims a little left of center and at a semblance of substance to the work. Interwoven into the mostly technical heart of Suspension of Disbelief are small lapses of progressive genius and these are where the skill of this band shines through.

The album starts off with a two-part title track. The immediate onslaught of the guitar is the first thing that catches your attention. An infectious riff provides a great companion to Michael's fierce yet still understandable vocals (a rare for the genre).
Following the technical display comes the second half of the title track; this is where you get your first taste of the band’s more progressive side. In between the ambient beginning and end of the song is some nice and meaty instrumental work with clean climbing and falling riffs accompanied by a fairly good baseline and some adequate blast beats.
“Mechanical Seas”, which was originally on their 2008 Demo, was re-recorded and carried on to their full-length for good reason; it is easily one of the best songs on the album. Found within are the usual tech-death riffs but this time with melodic intervals and some good gang vocals near the end.
“Ghost Planet” is one of the more unique songs on album; the sharp squeals of the guitar in the first half of the song help in setting it apart from the rest of the riff-raff. As the song proceeds along it starts to settle down into back and forth riffs and some dissonant vocals from someone other than Michael (the main vocalist) near the end.
“Void I” is really just a short progressive interlude and acts as a sort of a halfway mark for the album. The music as a whole on this track is a bit experimental and reminds me a lot of some of the shorter instrumental tracks on BtBaM’s "Alaska" but ends sort of abruptly leaving something to be desired.
“The Story” is filled with abrupt ends to riffs as well as pronounced dual guitars and some interesting dissonant verses here and there that push it to be the singular stand-alone tracks ripe for single-ing.
“Human Condition” is somewhat disappointing, starting off with a repetitive riff that drags on for a minute or so. The whole song is a rife with repetitive riffs and questionable song structure that may draw some like fire but leave others bored out of their mind.
“Awaiting Necropolis” has some riffs that could use some work and fairly lazy songwriting as well as some sub-par drumming.
“Void II” provides the listener with a nice closer; a soft progressive pillow for metal head to rest his head on after the headbanging onslaught of the core tracks.

The Album as a whole is great for fans of the genre, but will probably leave more diverse listeners with a bad taste in their mouth. Either way, it’s worth the cursory listen if you don’t already have a long list building up already like I do.


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TRMshadow
December 15th 2009



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is my first review, please be nice and let me know if there's anything I need to fix.

BigTuna
December 16th 2009



5154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Some moments are absolutely BTBAM ripoffs, the vocals especially.

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bloc
December 16th 2009



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

my interest has been piqued, i will check this out.

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Phantom
December 16th 2009



8930 Comments


Decent first review, try to avoid track by track reviews though.

This doesn't sound too promising in the me liking it department.

bloc
December 16th 2009



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you never like anything i like =[

Phantom
December 16th 2009



8930 Comments


I'm sure I do, we should compare notes.

BigTuna
December 16th 2009



5154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not sure about it yet. I'll think "I hate this" one moment and then "I love this" the next. Hmmmmmmmm

bloc
December 16th 2009



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

we should do lunch, i'll have my people call your people.

Phantom
December 16th 2009



8930 Comments


I'll free up my schedule.

I do like lego.

EasternLight
December 16th 2009



2700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

getting. good review. pos.

bloc
December 16th 2009



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wonderful, it's a date ;)

BigTuna
December 16th 2009



5154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, it's like a fusion of The Faceless and BTBAM's older stuff. Some parts are just blatant plagiarism of BTBAM imo. It's worth a listen though.

bloc
December 16th 2009



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

these guys certainly lack the wank that BTBAM has, that's for sure. it might be a good thing for some listeners.

BigTuna
December 16th 2009



5154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, early BTBAM didn't have wank. It's a solid starting ground for this band, but they're trying too hard. I'll keep an eye on them though.

TRMshadow
December 16th 2009



4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Through Metalsucks.net you can download the album for 5 bucks or get a choice of 4 shirts and the download for 15. Hopefully with later releases they start to develop their own sound.

TheSpirit
December 16th 2009



17171 Comments


Good review man, i'll def be checking this out

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Slimjim367
December 17th 2009



512 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review
great album


the story is a good track for newcomers

posd

ianjulian
December 19th 2009



621 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the story is the best track

EasternLight
December 19th 2009



2700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty good id say.

TheEnforcer
January 9th 2010



270 Comments


I've read this before and was sure I pos'd but I'll scan it again just a sec.



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