Postmortem Promises
On Broken Foundations


2.5
average

Review

by Aaron Moore USER (6 Reviews)
April 7th, 2010 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Postmortem Promises find themselves falling deeper into a cesspool of clones

Postmortem Promises hail from Essex, United Kingdom. The band has released two EP's prior to this, the first titled We Play Weddings, on January 9th, 2006. The second EP, Postmortem Promises was released on October 5th, 2007 via Thirty Days of Night. On Broken Foundations is Postmortem Promises debut album, the lineup is as follows...

Aaron Ketley - Vocals
Harry Baker - Guitar
Glen Ottley - Guitar
Elliot Stephenson - Bass
Randy McAlonan – Drums

Postmortem Promises again features the vocal work of Aaron Ketley, a man described as having “impeccable range.” With the three year span present between the preceding EP and this release, his vocals have actually improved a great bit. His growls, while not being distinct, are well executed and as a result make the band all the more entertaining to listen to when it comes to the vocal department. The band decides to keep it safe unfortunately when it comes to vocals, sticking to the typical cut-and-paste high-mid-low formula that's been way overdone for years now. While Ketley may not be the best vocalist out there, he gets the job done for the band and has improved a great bit since the EP. Personally I had no idea this was even the same vocalist at first listen.

Postmortem Promises again stick to the chugging found on their self-titled EP and fail to spark any real new interest. The band relies consistently on dissonant feedback and slow-paced chugs for the entire record, though the band does make somewhat of an attempt at changing their generic formula halfway through. For example, the track Self-Righteous features a decent guitar solo and a pretty catchy breakdown with Ketley growling viciously over-top, followed by a mid-tempo chug session. Unfortunately for the listener, these parts are few and far between as Postmortem Promises, as stated before, relies heavily on dissonance and single-note chugs to fill the remainder of the album. Main evidence of this being on the track, On Broken Foundations pt. II. The band, giving them the benefit of the doubt, attempted to be experimental but in turn failed miserably as the track is a single-note chug with an ambient riff played in the distance. While this train-wreck is over within two minutes, it serves no point other than to extend the length of the album.

On Broken Foundations is a step up from the last release, but when compared abroad, Postmortem Promises find themselves falling deeper into a cesspool of clones.


Recommended Tracks:
Self-Righteous



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dansxdead
April 7th 2010


438 Comments


Good review, this album is just too boring.

Carnifex
April 7th 2010


1918 Comments


Go easy on this review, the album is really bland so there wasn't much I could do with this. Next review isn't going to be another generic album/review, so yeah I think I'll be good to go with that one. Plus I'm not going to be using the same template as I normally conform to.

bloozclooz
April 7th 2010


1770 Comments


dude thought you were gone for good. glad you're back

Carnifex
April 7th 2010


1918 Comments


Nah man, just took a break. I have an AP exam coming up in May so I've been studying my ass off, I'll have three more reviews up by the end of this month hopefully. One for Upon A Burning Body and two for Suffokate.

bloozclooz
April 7th 2010


1770 Comments


lol fuck AP tests, dual credit is where it's at bro. what year you in? senior?

Carnifex
April 7th 2010


1918 Comments


Junior mang, I can graduate earlier if I choose to but most of my friends are dumbasses and are staying for 4 years so I figured I'd just go ahead and stay the full 4 years.

bloozclooz
April 7th 2010


1770 Comments


No sense in getting info college and being a year younger than everyone lol. Senior year gets boring as shit tho

ThePalestMexican
April 8th 2010


2816 Comments


Nice review, pos'd

Carnifex
April 8th 2010


1918 Comments


No sense in getting info college and being a year younger than everyone lol. Senior year gets boring as shit tho

Eh, we'll see. I have like one academic course.
fucking hate this fag

Thanks for the pointless neg bro
Nice review, pos'd

Thanks mang.


bloozclooz
April 8th 2010


1770 Comments


on the topic of deathcore. just heard my first standout grindcore band yesterday, (benighted and aborted) and let me tell you, it blows away every deathcore band I've ever heard.

breakdowns, squeals, everything that deathcore does terribly, this genre does amazingly. seriously considering giving deathcore the useless stamp

Carnifex
April 8th 2010


1918 Comments


I can't really stand grind, or at least the stuff that I've heard.

bloozclooz
April 8th 2010


1770 Comments


i thought that too, but then i heard the album "icon" by "benighted". go listen to it. it's fuckin amazing

SrightryEpic
April 8th 2010


1197 Comments


neither benighted or aborted are grind

Phantom
April 8th 2010


8930 Comments


did someone say grind?

SrightryEpic
April 8th 2010


1197 Comments


no they said br00tal deaf metuhlz

hehehehe another whoopsie there phantom :3

Phantom
April 8th 2010


8930 Comments


i just read the whole convo, nm

lolZ

bloozclooz
April 8th 2010


1770 Comments


ugh. what's the difference between brutal DM and grind then? HoP and Aborted can't be in the same genre, no way

SrightryEpic
April 8th 2010


1197 Comments


grind originated from punk brutal death metal originated from metal and it's all slammy and burpy and shit whereas grind is like let's play this shit fast as fuck hell yeah I can roar and stuff idk

bloozclooz
April 8th 2010


1770 Comments


still waiting for those arteries to clog up are we?

bloozclooz
April 8th 2010


1770 Comments


right after you stop creating alt accounts with the sole intention of spamming me. then yes, yes i will



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