Sarcolytic
Thee Arcane Progeny


4.0
excellent

Review

by Anthracks USER (14 Reviews)
February 20th, 2010 | 28 replies | 6,508 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The first great brutal album of 2010.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Situating oneself in the comfort of expectations is an enticing strategy to build both anticipation and loyalty for any pending affair. However, expectations also lend themselves (and as such, their envoy) to disappointment, sheerly as a consequence of extraction. Even if what was expected was what was delivered, the effect will be potentially...anticlimactic. In order to transcend disappointment one must first transcend any prejudice, no matter the purport, in regards to not only specific entities, but, as to make a habit, all entities. Such an application in conduct is precisely what is necessary for one to properly receive Sarcolytic's first full length album.

There is no denying that even the band's name carries along with it certain connotations and expectations, at least for those familiar with the history of California brutal death metal legends Disgorge. Sarcolytic stands for, in essence, a rebirth of Disgorge (even though only one member is in the band), who are, for those somehow unfamiliar with Disgorge, now defunct (even though just recently there was some controversy regarding the band's revival). Much of this could be blamed on Sarco's initial self-titled EP, which did nothing to provide any intimations of change in creative direction for drummer Ricky Myers, as it was maximum Disgorge worship. However, with their first full length, the band has decided to alter, somewhat drastically, their sonic inclinations.

First of all, I would hesitate to label Thee Arcane Progeny as veritable brutal death, which would be a misnomer in the slightest sense; considering that much of the brutality perceived emanates from one's expectations for, and familiarity of, the Disgorge family of bands, as the riffs are somewhat similar in structure (if that is at all feasible). This is more of a strength than anything else however, as it separates the band from said expectations, even though this release might be martyred in the process. It allows Sarcolytic to not be regarded as "the ashes of Disgorge" or a second-rate Disgorge, and for them to leave that to those who have no stake in the scene as yet.

With this release, the band takes cues from more popular bands in the genre such as Nile, Behemoth and Hour of Penance. Considering how many bands on the scene these days sport the very same influences, one would be inclined to immediately cast off this album. Don't make that mistake! Sarcolytic are able to put a reasonably fresh spin on the sound of those bands in incorporating it into their more-streamlined-Disgorge approach to brutal death metal, and believe it or not the two styles merge affably. The aforementioned influence is most obvious towards the latter portion of the album where, on tracks such as Emissary, the album is borderline melodic. There are enough technical acrobatics to sate most tech-heads, and not so much brutality to turn anyone off on its own behest, which makes for a welcome and ostensibly accessible formula for those who are not yet initiate in brutal music.

Ironically enough (with all this about expectations and Disgorge), the most obvious flaw with the album is Ricky Myers' drumming, and especially the production of the drums, which is likened to one of the whimpiest drum sounds to ever grace a brutal record. Myers is an undeniably talented drummer, but the issue is that he recycles too much. Yes, Ricky, the drum pattern in the intro to 'The Secrets of Divinities' is very good, but this is (at least) the third time you've used it. It isn't much of a detraction however, and the biggest detraction for most will spawn from an inability to disregard any biases; from the allure of comparing Sarcolytic to Disgorge, which just isn't fair.



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Anthracks
February 20th 2010



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

checkit
checkitagain checkitagain

my proofreader is offline, any erras?

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bloozclooz
February 20th 2010



1770 Comments


download open office. better than MS office, and it's free. well written review, btw

FadeToBlack
February 20th 2010



10913 Comments


i didn't see any errors, fantastic review

and thanks for reminding me that i need to check out Consume The Forsaken, I'll pick that and this up soon

GibTG
February 20th 2010



277 Comments


"The first great brutal album of 2010..."

You didn't know anything about Immolation's latest release?

FadeToBlack
February 20th 2010



10913 Comments


this is Anthracks, pretty sure he knows everything death metal related:

its not out yet dummy, and its not even brutal death metal so...

Relinquished
February 20th 2010



22350 Comments


Adding this to things to get.

TheWayfarerElectric
February 20th 2010



154 Comments


You mentioned Behemoth so I'm out.

FadeToBlack
February 20th 2010



10913 Comments


haha wut you sure you can read?

DBlitz
February 20th 2010



1685 Comments


very well written review

rasputin
February 20th 2010



14504 Comments


You didn't know anything about Immolation's latest release?

You mentioned Behemoth so I'm out.


remember guys, after you breathe out you need to breathe back in again!

GibTG
February 21st 2010



277 Comments


When so many people have heard "Majesty and Decay" in its entirety, it might as well be out...

Besides, the writer of this review rated "Majesty and Decay" a 4.5/5 a week before even reviewing this album. I just think that the punch line of the review is stupid.

By the way, Immolation nearly invented what everyone today considers Brutal Death Metal.

DBlitz
February 21st 2010



1685 Comments


no they didn't lol

Anthracks
February 21st 2010



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not a punch line tis just a fact as this is one of three total BDM albums that are out so far this year

FadeToBlack
February 21st 2010



10913 Comments


By the way, Immolation nearly invented what everyone today considers Brutal Death Metal.
I think you're thinking of another NY death metal band ending in 'tion'.

and to help you out, its not Incantation

rasputin
February 21st 2010



14504 Comments


By the way, Immolation nearly invented what everyone today considers Brutal Death Metal.


haha it's obvious you've never listened to any immolation other than MaD

Anthracks
February 21st 2010



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

situating oneself in the comfort of cowards

GibTG
February 22nd 2010



277 Comments


Oh, how stupid of me! Of course Immolation didn't "invent" 'Brutal' Death Metal. It was soley the work of Suffocation. They don't sound similar, they weren't playing it at the same time, and they weren't playing in the same region of the country together... Or were they?

I just think that the summary can say a lot about a review and this one says very little. Shoot me. Anyone else care to dismiss everything I say just because I feel this way?

FadeToBlack
February 22nd 2010



10913 Comments


Oh, how stupid of me! Of course Immolation didn't "invent" 'Brutal' Death Metal. It was soley the work of Suffocation. They don't sound similar, they weren't playing it at the same time, and they weren't playing in the same region of the country together... Or were they?
you should get some basic knowledge on this kind of stuff before making such ridiculous statements. Immolation aren't brutal death metal, and they never have been.

couch
February 22nd 2010



311 Comments


great review, although i am finding the album to be quite boring. maybe i'll listen again sometime.

Anthracks
February 22nd 2010



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well ur in luck gib im prolly gonna change the summary, but only because i just discovered another great (possibly better than this one) brutal album that was technically released earlier



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