Resurgency
False Enlightenment


3.5
great

Review

by Voivod STAFF
September 30th, 2012 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Resurgency's debut album is a great example of old school US/Euro death metal, as it combines the best from both worlds.

If one attempts to cluster the contemporary death metal releases, it will become rather clear that the latter tend to file under two major trends, should the distinction between US and European death metal is left aside. On one hand, there are those outfits that have consciously entered the arena of instrument shredding and bizarre/progressive musical arrangements, while on the other, there are the old school acts which prefer to stick to the old ways, first conceived and cemented during the early-to-mid ‘90s. The chasm between the two trends is further extended to the way they sound, as the first category of bands tends to adopt a “thin”, almost plastic sound, whereas the old school kin prefers to reside solely within the dry and cavernous sound, as it was coined during the early-to-mid ‘90s on both banks of the Atlantic. Although some bands have chosen to walk along the fine interface between the aforementioned trends (Sinister, Nocturnus, Disincarnate and Morbid Angel are noteworthy examples), they are exceptions which justify the rule. Where do the above leave the newly found (in 2009) Hellenic death metal act of Resurgency? With their 2011 demo EP Dark Revival, the band consciously placed itself in the intermediate stage between the US and Euro old school death metal hordes and their debut album, titled False Enlightenment is a great example in that respect, as it combines the best of both worlds.

False Enlightenment starts with “Craniums of Slain Disciples” and a melodic lead guitar riff that initially feels as “inappropriate” for a brutal death metal act. However, the moment the deep guttural vocals of John P. scream “Craaaaaniiiiuuuummmmmsssss” and the band’s blast beating death metal are treading the ears’ threshold with full force, all doubt as to where the band really files under is cast aside. As previously mentioned, Resurgency’s sound is a combination of the dismal, blast-beat-n’-double-bass US death metal of bands such as Brutality and Disincarnate with the European death metal of bands like Dismember or Grave. The sound production is also representative of the dry, cavernous sound adopted by both death metal schools, as the guitars sound thick and abundant in volume, the vocals seem like they are stemming from the depths of Kaiadas Deep (imagine the vocals in Hooded Menace), while the drums are a very careful mix of their natural sound and their corresponding triggering, in order for the dynamics to remain intact and not sound “plastic” at the same time.

What seems to distinguish the band in general, is the good balance between catchiness and technicality and the sparing use of lead guitars. The latter strongly bring in mind Brutality and Disincarnate, however, for the time being, Resurgency are not as proficient as the aforementioned bands, in terms of lead guitar playing or producing complex song structures. Commenting further on the band's song writing potential, it allows them in keeping things interesting up to the first half of the album plus 1-2 songs, but as the latter are piling up in the track list, a feeling of deja-entendu makes its appearance. This is not because Resurgency have lost steam or something, but due to fact that their style has sounded better in past and more historical releases. If the album contained 8 songs instead of 10, the afororementioned notion of deja-entendu would be greatly compensated.

Undoubtedly, False Enlightenment is a great start for Resurgency. Having a good sense of experience from the participation in other local bands (Necrovorous and Embrace The Thorns), the current incarnation of the band is reliable in mixing the US and the Euro OSDM and producing interesting material. The rest of the story will be probably written on the road for these guys, as the chances of filling the slot in a good touring package with homologous bands are quite substantial.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2012


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Craniums of Slain Disciples:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-XZNXMj5gQ

Ending the Beginning:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na421kxDU8g&feature=related


Black Holes of Antiverse:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3zmNwoQvXk&feature=related


Dark Revival:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na421kxDU8g






Constructive criticism is most welcome.

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gravedefiler1
September 30th 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanx for the review! hails!

MichaelSnoxall
September 30th 2012


12163 Comments


Great review, I was waiting for a review of this. Pos.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2012


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I would rate this with a 4/5 if it had 7-8 songs.

Towards the end, things become a little tiring.

lostforwords
September 30th 2012


446 Comments


Oh wow, Greeks that I didn't know a thing about, I will most certainly check them out, even though most of the recommended bands you mentioned are not even remotely appealing to me. Great review btw, pos

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2012


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

@ lostforwords

The recommended bands/albums are great influences for Resurgency, don't let those prevent you from checking both Resurgency and their influences.

lostforwords
September 30th 2012


446 Comments


@ Voivod

Will do

GiaNXGX
September 30th 2012


4867 Comments


Great review. This album is fun to listen to but does nothing more than that in my opinion. It's sad because when I first heard of e'm I was expecting something killer from Greece that was not necessarily SepticFlesh.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2012


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

@ GiaNXGX

I agree, but there are a lot of shitty death metal bands out there and Resurgency are over them easily, as well as they are far (for now) from matching or topping their influences.

Their next album will be critical, second albums are critical for most bands.

GiaNXGX
September 30th 2012


4867 Comments


Yeah, follow ups are critical points on any band's career.

bloc
September 30th 2012


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not bad at all

CaptainDooRight
October 1st 2012


29881 Comments


Excellent review Pos'd

this was average imo

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2012


6197 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

@ CaptainDooRight

It's solid but not groundbreaking, I'll give you that.

It resembles to that Desecresy album you reviewed back in the day.

YUJOS
October 1st 2012


940 Comments


Kaiadas Deep m/!!!!

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Wizard
October 3rd 2012


19502 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

while on the other, there are the old school acts which prefer to stick to the old ways, first conceived and cemented during the early-to-mid ‘90s.

You could also break this down into two major trends as well:

a) Completely humping the shit out of the old and thus, boring.
b) Completely humping the shit out of the old and throwing something more inspiring into the mix.

Loving this at the moment. This makes up for my lack of old-school dm findings that are hard to come by this year. Spot on review Voivod, thank you for this, I needed some ball crushing.

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