The Analyst
Summoning the Wretched


3.5
great

Review

by Ike USER (1 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2010 | 14 replies | 5,029 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprisingly heavy and catchy album from a relatively new and unknown band.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

After the first spin of Summoning the Wretched nothing really stood out to me, and I was not drawn to listen to it again. About a year later while shuffling through my music library and doing homework my ears were berated by some gnarly gravity blasts accompanied with slick guitar work. I looked up to my computer screen and was surprised to see “Allegiance” by The Analyst being played, and decided to give the CD another try.

Whether my initial reaction was due to lack of attention or my preoccupation another band, after listening to the album again I found it to be a great album with a couple of really stand out tracks. Despite the greatness that is the song “Allegiance” my favorite two songs on the album are tracks 6 and 7, "Summoning the Wretched" and "Throne of Phyrrus," respectively. “Summoning the Wretched” opens with an awesomely catchy introduction and continues to kick-ass with some great riffs throughout the song. The drummer Brandon Tabor really drives the song along with both sporadic and continual blasting of double bass and snare beats. On some of the other tracks the continual double bass can get a little old, but in general the drummer delivers a consistent and quality foundation to the songs. “Throne of Phyrrus” begins with the same lame interlude that ends track #4 with the stupid creature (or in this case, the “wretched” that is being summoned) moaning in the background or some crap. Despite this dumb opening, once the actual song starts at 0:32 it grabs you with pounding double bass and doesn’t let go. Throne is the type of song that is so catchy that it gets stuck in your head long after the song has ended, and in contrast to the dumb crap on the radio, this is a good thing.

In an effort to comment on the album more generally, I would say that the guitar work is impressive throughout. The solos aren’t overly prevalent or show-offish and vary nicely while delivering solid, heavy riffs. The vocals aren’t bad, but aren’t really spectacular either. The singer does a good job of switching between growls and screams but nothing really stands out as great or terrible, which isn’t a bad thing overall because the drummer, guitarist and bassist are so consistent and engaging to listen to.

There are a few low points of the album, with one the worst offenders in my view being the interlude I touched on above. I’m guessing the interlude is there to break up the heaviness of the album with the light, slow piano playing but I would really prefer a sick instrumental, or nothing at all - just keep the brutality train running if necessary. If forced to pick another negative aspect, I would have to point to the few songs that feature similar pacing and continual double bass - the constant pounding makes these few songs difficult to differentiate between each other. Perhaps this problem relates to why I initially dismissed the album.

Despite these few negatives, this brutal album is really fun to listen to and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes their heavy metal with breakdowns, growls, screams, and loud, deep double bass. The couple of throwaway songs that aren't really differentiable contributed most to the 3.5 rating, but the album is still enjoyable and I recommend it highly. If forced to think of a band most similar to The Analyst I would say Fleshgod Apocalypse, minus the classical influence. However if you’re wondering which sub-genre of heavy/death metal the band belongs to, I couldn’t really tell you, and honestly, who cares? Just listen to this album (perhaps twice before trying to pass judgment) and enjoy it for what it is.


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Scrambled
September 23rd 2010



391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Noticed a while ago that this CD was lacking a proper review, and thought it would be a good first review for me. Any comments/criticism appreciated

cvlts
September 23rd 2010



8917 Comments


good first review bro.
heard of these guys awhile back, wasnt really into it though.

Digging: Pedro the Lion - It's Hard To Find A Friend

ShadowRemains
September 23rd 2010



19441 Comments


Album Rating: 3.5

Boring Album.


?

Scrambled
September 24th 2010



391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

haha if a 3.5 is boring what is a 4 or 4.5?

and thanks

sexpoi
September 24th 2010



597 Comments


great first review man and it sounds pretty interesting from what i read

Scrambled
October 17th 2010



391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Sneak neg, wtf

edit - and another one...douches

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2011



6734 Comments


I an effort to comment on the album more generally

In*

Despite this dumb opening, once the actual song starts at 0:32 it grabs you with pounding double bass and doesn’t let go. Throne is the type of song that is so catchy that it gets stuck in your head long after the song has ended, and in contrast to the bubblegum crap on the radio, this is a good thing.

Maybe replace dumb* and bubblegum crap*
while it conveys your points it does look a little sloppy.

Overall a good review, may need another look over though. Have my Pos and my encouragement.

Scrambled
May 6th 2011



391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks, I appreciate it, I'll edit those. Man I haven't read this in months, reading it now, the review reads like a school essay

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2011



6734 Comments


Still its better than a couple i have read this week. You know which ones

Scrambled
May 6th 2011



391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah there were a couple of real winners this week

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 6th 2011



6734 Comments


Have you read both my recent ones? Wouldnt mind a couple more votes

PurpleDino
August 12th 2011



2945 Comments


so is this deathcore or what?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2011



6734 Comments


However if you’re wondering which sub-genre of heavy/death metal the band belongs to, I couldn’t really tell you, and honestly, who cares? Just listen to this album (perhaps twice before trying to pass judgment) and enjoy it for what it is.

There's your disclaimer,

PurpleDino
August 14th 2011



2945 Comments


yeah but, is it?



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