Review Summary: Ideology proves that it doesn’t matter what genre you play as long as you can execute it damn well.
There are so many underground band that never really get the recognition they deserve, so many of them struggling to get their name out there by all means necessary, how is it that a band can actually live off of its music now a days if it isn’t selling t-shirts and fitted caps? Especially in the realms of the dreaded Deathcore Genre, where the clothing and hair-do’s are big and the music has less meat than a vegan’s fridge.
Dead Man In Reno, a band virtually unknown on the modern heavy metal music scene are one of such bands, ranking the not so impressive 788 likes on their Facebook page and having only put out 1 LP and 2 EP in 5 years you must be wondering what the big fuss is it all about (since apparently there is no big fuss at all around them).
The fact that the band is virtually unknown is sort of a blessing in disguise, not entirely corrupted by the scene demanding them to oversaturate their music with 2 note breakdowns every 10 seconds and just letting them explore their music, the thing with DMIR is that they can do whatever they feel like with their sound, and it’s okay, people who listen to this band can become even obsessive with it because of this said trait, because they don’t want their amazing band to be pushed around by mindless record companies to give into what people want.
Ideology is, in this regard, the most impressive Deathcore album I’ve ever come across, from the intro of Andromeda: Warm Tears, to the impressive drums on Bete Noire, to the Reveries: Daybreak interlude there isn’t a single dull moment in this album, the guitar licks are groovy and heavy almost always, the drumming patterns are tasteful and unrestrained, this band puts everything on the line when it comes to their music, Justin Sansom’s voice is also one of the main selling points for DMIR, showing one of the most impressive high shrieks to some gut wrenching lows and even some tastefully use of clean singing like in Vice Grip, this band, when firing on all cylinders, can incarnate such a bone crushing, skull shattering sound.
But still, even with such powerful sound, the band doesn’t completely focus on it, they care about the melody as well, Vampirella vs. Lady Death’s intro shows an intro that could seem fitting on Desperate Man’s Diary
, the drumming shines through it, making it a stand out track, but not the only one, most songs here tend to space out to more melodic parts only to be brought back to the heavy and unique sound this band has crafted.
Reveries: Nightfall has earned itself the title of the most impressive Deathcore song I have ever listened, from the guitar progression in the beginning to the choppy sound some riffs show, to the groovy time changes, the drumming, the clean singing, the interludes, this is
Ideology in a nutshell, and in that regard Ideology proves that it doesn’t matter what genre of music you play as long as you can execute it damn well.