World Under Blood
Tactical


3.0
good

Review

by Crowe USER (5 Reviews)
July 26th, 2011 | 11 replies | 5,140 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Deron Miller of CKY fame surprises all by not creating a terrible melodic death metal album.

You best give CKY frontman Deron Miller some credit: Tactical is actually better than you thought it would be. When World Under Blood first surfaced in 2006 as a melodic death metal project, surely we were all shaking our heads: this won't turn out well at all. Somebody associated in the alternative metal and post-grunge field of CKY dabbing in the Swedish stylings of In Flames' ilk was a disaster waiting to happen. “I had always wanted to do some kind of death metal project. I just didn’t know what I wanted it to sound like,” said Miller in an interview with MetalUnderground. A kind of why-the-hell-not agenda and throw in the partnership with Divine Heresy's drum-kit burner Tim Yeung, and Miller clearly had more than he could he could handle on his hands.

Yet playing through Tactical, you'll be surprised at how much Miller is able to competently pull this bull-shit agenda off well, if doing nothing original or moving in the process. An interviewer asked Miller if he ever asked anyone for help or guidance, and the frontman simply responded that “[he] felt pretty confident about what [he] would come up with metal-wise.” And confidence is one aspect of Tactical that you can always hear throughout its playing time. Songs move and coalesce quite seamlessly - barring a few annoying elements, but more on that later. Yeung's work behind the kit is just as frantic as it is in own main project as well, too, and most of the guitar work is impressive in its technicality and restraint within a melodic template.

In fact, Tactical's framework and ground elements are arguably the makings of the best melodic death metal that 2011 has seen thus far. It's a speedy blend – think Dark Tranquillity at their most fierce, Archons more or less, with Neuraxis' technical flare, and it doesn't want for any missing instrumental space or annoying keyboard inclusions. However, it's when Miller starts playing with the subgenre's often troublesome clean vocal implementation that World Under Blood really slips up and loses focus on Tactical. A hint of the album's problems come with opener “A God Among The Waste”, the clean vocals coming in with the surprisingly strong harsh vocals to ruin the flow and mood of the track over and over. As a mild harmonizing role, the clean inclusions are not as jarring, as on the end of “Into The Arms of Cruelty”, but their prevalent use throughout “Pyro-compulsive”, “Dead and Still In Pain”, “Under The Autumn Low”, “A God Among The Waste”, and “I Can't Stand His Name” - well over half of Tactical – ruin things.

Tactical could have also done with more varied moments like closer “Revere's Tears” as well: harmonizing electric leads weave in and out of acoustic picking before the band launches in for the album's best track thus far – and no cleans are present either. Too much of Tactical could fall into the same box and easily blend in together; though this problem is partially alleviated with Miller's choice to keep each song here within three-to-four minutes: “If a song is going to be eight minutes, it better be a song that doesn’t repeat the same thing over and over again, “ he told MetalUnderground, “I’m usually comfortable between three-and-a-half, four minutes. That’s what I like to write.” And faithful to his word, Tactical doesn't go that much over thirty minutes in its length, even with the inclusion of Megadeth cover “Wake Up Dead”. This leaves you with a promising, quick melodic death metal album, well-played, if a bit bothersome for its flirtation with melodic death metal's cliches. But still, it proves Miller can do more than just the alternative metal of CKY. Tactical may be a forgettable effort all things considered in the long run, but at least it's not a disaster. And let's be honest here: didn't we all expect it to be horrendous? Surprisingly, it's actually solid.


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Crowe
July 26th 2011


435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Luckily for me, being a Decibel subscriber I was able to get to listen to an exclusive stream well before today.

Solid, if nothing new at all.

Eclecticist
July 26th 2011


3863 Comments


I knew this wasn't going to be very good after I heard some of the album preview. It's really funny how you rip on this album so bad haha but it looks like all you put to defend your rating was the last sentence...

"didn't we all expect it to be horrendous? Surprisingly, it's actually solid."

...which leaves me wondering, what exactly makes it a 3? The way you described it the album should be more like a 2 or lower.

Crowe
July 26th 2011


435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Numerical ratings are subjective as to good, bad, and how much of either, but a 1 or 5 is more understood as terrible and classic, respectively. I spoke praise of the instruments and song structures throughout. But the clean vocals and lack of variety keep this from being any more than above average, as my review argues.

basssolo
July 26th 2011


74 Comments


Still, Eclectic has a very good point. You need to structure your reviews a little better, make the rating more believable.

Crowe
July 26th 2011


435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Indeed, thank you both for the criticism.

Uranium
July 26th 2011


7101 Comments


This seems like... it might... actually be good?

ToonPhysics
July 27th 2011


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It took me a few listens before I started to like this album. I think people who are looking for instant satisfaction from this album should not waste any time listening to it.

Crowe
July 27th 2011


435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

That may be true, but others are taking quite an instant liking to it. I was surprised by this other soundoff:

This is by far the most original album I've heard in years! Not just in the genre, but in music. The mixture of technicality, melody, progressiveness, and sheer BRUTALITY is compacted flawlessly between Second 1 til the end of Minute 35!(i think thats the length.) This album is for the deep listener who can appreciate true talent and who dares to FIND the sounds, energy, and reason that is usually handed to them. As far as cliches go, all music has structure and similarities that may classify them into a genre, it's how a band separates themselves that makes the difference. How does WUB do that? Through talent, and love of the music itself. Passion shows indeed. No one even comes close to their abilities. So, CLICHES? No, guess what? They just created a cliche maybe.Welll Maaaaybe the only cliche is my man Crowe up there expecting an album to be horrendous cuz his Nickelback-likin' friends told him it was cool to hate CKY because they don't get that either. Saying anything more about this album is like giving away the ending to every fucking geek standing in line to see Empire Strikes Back! Hear it for yourselves. This album is gorgeous. You've heard nothing like it.


The writer seems to find my idea of cliches in the album as hilarious, but he find's this to be revolutionizing.

Darkvoid67
July 27th 2011


383 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ha. I got a leak of this well over a month ago. I was actually pleasantly surprised, especially by the drumming of Tim Yeung and all his blast beats and shiz. Actually, thinking about it Deron Miller's guitar work was actually surprisingly good too. Then again, I only liked three songs enough to play them consistently. And wtf dude, have you forgot about the little release known as Surtur Rising? Thats the best melo-death so far this year

Crowe
July 27th 2011


435 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Trust me, man. I know this isn't the best melodic death of the year, but it could have been if the problems were avoided.

Besides, Surtur Rising is a bit monotonous.

Vicariously
February 7th 2012


35 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is pretty good, the only songs I don't like are the covers and tracks 3 and 5.



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