Beneath the Massacre
Incongruous


4.0
excellent

Review

by asaf USER (13 Reviews)
March 16th, 2012 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Incongruous finds Beneath The Massacre polishing their craft to a higher level.

Continuing to pave their own path in aggressive death metal, Beneath The Massacre continue with their business as usual approach to their decimating brand of the debilitating grind hybrid they’ve helped to develop.

Having kept quiet in recent memory, aside from a blip of an EP making the slightest chirp in their discography, the quartet waste no time getting right to the meat and potatoes of their talents. The guitars start doodling at furious speeds right away, while bass and drums furiously roar behind them in unison, rarely slowing down to catch their breath or showcase signs of weakness. This of course is nothing new, as previous releases maintained the same formula and have proven successful time and time again. The sheer ferociousness of the genre these guys have mastered is beyond fury. As if all the artillery in the arsenal was being purged to liquidate a small nation, the tracks pick off the weakest listener one by one. Ogre Elliot Desgagnes’s unrelenting bellows purge line after line of augmented poetry, personifying his tone as one of a true demon. If war was a name of music genre, then this is what it would sound like.

At this point in their catalogue, the band seems much more than comfortable in what they can accomplish rather than discovering new tricks. Incongruous finds the band working away while they master their craft, honing in to meticulously fine tune intricate details of licks and sweeps, carefully flowing into each verse of each song. Instead of pursuing uncharted territory and straying from a proven technique, the group takes what they’ve developed and build a monster of a compilation of riffs and compositions. It’s as if the college athlete got snagged in the first round and made it all the way to nationals to win the MVP in the championship game.

Those of us who have kept afloat in the bands professional conditioning of each nook and cranny, are not so moved by how fast the drums have gotten, or even interested in the fact that Christopher Bradley has not tracked the same riff twice at this point in his career, but more so in the fact that the projection of each track has gotten increasingly easier to swallow.

The execution of the sound presented here and the depth and detail that goes into each track make it a remarkable effort that should be acknowledged for its ability to present this concept so fluidly and in such a digestible fashion. If not for any other reason, this release is so honed in to the bolts of each song that it can be considered abstract and should be projected through speakers behind a glass case. Beneath The Massacre has sped miles away from their competition and have taken a step away from the community around them and find themselves floating boastfully in a sea of mediocrity.



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Shuyin
March 16th 2012


11703 Comments


dunno if ill be checking this one out, Dystopia kept killing the pace with some badly placed breakdowns

Digging: Django Reinhardt - Djangology

MMX
March 16th 2012


4818 Comments


I enjoyed this but Marée Noire is still better

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 16th 2012


50455 Comments


What does beneath the massacre even mean?

Digging: Viper the Rapper - You'll Cowards Don't Even Smoke Crack

AlexanDerp
March 16th 2012


402 Comments


I bet this sucks hard.

Funeralopolis
March 16th 2012


11408 Comments


beneath the mascara

Digging: Black Milk - No Poison No Paradise

coneren
March 16th 2012


11111 Comments


and eyeliner

Eclecticist
March 16th 2012


3863 Comments


Great album but I prefer their older stuff, more technical, hard on the ears, and prominent in BtM's style. This album is a cleaner form of their music which just doesn't capture their essence the same way.

bloozclooz
March 16th 2012


1770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

more weedle deedle music fuck yeah. band won't ever change it seems

Eclecticist
March 16th 2012


3863 Comments


If they eliminated the 'weedle deedle' then they wouldn't be Beneath The Massacre anymore, they would be Ion Dissonance.

asaf
March 16th 2012


885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^^ that's a good one.

MO
March 16th 2012


18755 Comments


their first EP is the only thing by them that's worth more listens

FinalWord
March 16th 2012


99 Comments


To Trebor. The band member used to live in montreal, thus speaking french. In french, beneath is sometime missused instead of beyond. To me, the band member meant "au-delà du massacre" (beyond (beneath) the massacre). Thats my 2 cent

Hawks
March 16th 2012


35824 Comments


This probably sucks so bad.

SteelErectedb4you8er
March 16th 2012


2616 Comments


I only listened to this once, it seems they focused too much on the technicality than the songwriting. For some people that works, for me, I like a fair balance between the both of them. Death were definitely the masters of doing that.

dbizzles
March 16th 2012


299 Comments


This isn't a very good review if the person reading it isn't familiar with the band's catalogue.
I've only heard a few songs over the years, but maybe this will make more sense once I get up to speed.
Until then, I'll pos this because it was still pretty easy to digest and there weren't any grammatical errors or sentences that were awkward.

asaf
March 16th 2012


885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

^^ yea... i have that tendency... this far along in my tenure i think the audience gets the grip. check further reviews for reference.

CityofGhosts
May 2nd 2012


20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

really wish they'd slow it down on the oodleyness, and actually focus on some goddamn song writing

Shuyin
June 20th 2012


11703 Comments


well i gave this a fair listen and its actually a pretty solid album, way better than the previous stuff.

3.5

RevenantBlue
September 25th 2012


136 Comments


Check your grammar and lay off the adjectives (that first sentence...), and refrain from using the
same adjective twice ("The guitars start doodling at furious speeds right away, while bass and drums
furiously roar behind them in unison..."). Your sentence structure and word choice is often awkward,
and comes off as stuffy and overwrought. Also, try to stay away from passive voice ("Beneath The
Massacre has sped miles away from their competition..."), especially when the rest of your review
isn't in passive voice.

6sic6
December 20th 2012


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

cool riffs here and there, but as a whole, the album is very forgetable



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