Review Summary: Hideous Miscreation have with ‘Delusions Of Grandeur’ marked themselves as an invigorating prospect
Forming from the ashes of popular British death metal outfit Thrown To Belial, Hideous Miscreation quickly began to make a name for themselves performing with such U.K stalwarts as Akercocke and up and comers Ingested. After a series of line up troubles and a brief hiatus, the bands debut E.P ‘Delusions Of Grandeur’ has surfaced, and displays why the extreme metal scene should be eager about their potential once again.
Immediately upon listening, the rapid pace of these songs hits as the most prominent characteristic, as opener ‘Born To Lift The Veil’ explodes out of the speakers at a tremendous velocity. The release throughout its entirety relies on a glut of tremolo picked guitar riffs and frenetic drum work that maintain the swift nature of the songs, yet retain a certain groove and listenable quality that keeps the tracks from becoming tiresome or monotonous.
Although, this is not to say the band shy away from varying the tempo. ‘Enveloped Within A Cocoon Of Human Structure’ contains a sludgy breakdown replete with some sinister chord changes that works as a crushing change of pace, and ‘Disciples Of The Full Moons Bloodlust’ hits hard with a section of monstrous syncopated chugs.
Yet, the highlight performance of the release is unquestionably that of vocalist Luke Griffin. Spanning the entire gamut of extreme metal deliveries, his gurgling lows are executed with a livid intensity, while his shrieking highs are utterly furious, some what calling to mind The Black Dahlia Murder’s Trevor Strnad on occasion. The clarity he maintains at swift speeds is also fantastic, especially on E.P closer and highlight track ‘Woven In Fragments Of Putrid Disgust’, where the sheer speed with which his lines are spat forth is quite outstanding.
Hideous Miscreation have with ‘Delusions Of Grandeur’ marked themselves as an invigorating prospect. With only four tracks yet released, it is safe to say that their frantic style of death metal could be the perfect antidote to the breakdown laden scene of today. With a debut full length impending, I for one will be keeping a close on Hideous Miscreation.