Slice the Cake
Other Slices


4.0
excellent

Review

by Michael Iverson USER (4 Reviews)
December 27th, 2012 | 78 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: That cake looks appetizing, and so is Other Slices.


As a followup to March’s The Man With No Face, Slice the Cake have certainly been hard at work this year. Not to mention it’s comprised of three members who all live in different countries. With Other Slices, the band takes a slightly more melodic approach, but it’s greatly executed and welcomed. The Man With No Face was a show of pure brutality so a first listen of this might throw some off kilter, but listen again and it’ll flow much more.

Other Slices starts off with an instrumental “Blow Up Voodoo Doll” that sets the mood for the first half of this pummeling album. Gareth Edwards has fine tuned his vocals to take on a Johnny Davy like growl as well as just the whole vibe of the album takes one similar to Ruination with more math metal elements. “False Illumination” takes on a mammoth technical metal sound with a brutal, relentless flow. Edwards implements some high screams, which aren’t necessarily bad, but he is very proficient on the lower end. “Nebulayer Cake” has an insanely catchy groove followed by the descent into madness. Other Slices keeps an engaging sound without being monotonous, and that’s the big difference between an exceptional and forgettable album.

The first single from the album “Siren’s Song” is a great symphonic math metal track with a great melodic ending, adding to an already impressive beginning of the album. Four minutes into the mesmerizing track, guitarist and clean vocalist Jonas Johansson comes in with an interlude before the ending kicks into gear with pianos, violins and the drummer to finish the slaughter. “Fractal Exam Sequence” shows an unexpected side with a duet of sorts that is a greatly crafted song. This song is a curveball amidst the deathcore vibe the album portrays, but it is a great "intermission" track. Following more brutality we’re met with “Genghis Tron, Come Home, We Miss You!” which is a stellar 5 minute instrumental. “Kow Otani’s Castle In The Sky” takes a good 3-4 minutes to gain it’s footing, but spends the last 3 minutes in pure confidence. It left desiring a lot, especially for a last song.

Other Slices is a strong album, and Slice the Cake no doubt know how to write catchy, brutal songs while also going outside the norm and experimenting. Most of the songs satisfy on their own, while a couple fall short of the quality we’ve come to expect from Slice the Cake. Nevertheless, Other Slices is a great continuation from The Man With No Face and makes me wonder what the next full length album will have in store.

4/5


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themyriad
December 27th 2012


69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Criticism is gladly welcome.

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 27th 2012


3652 Comments


I have yet to listen to this band. A pretty short review but not bad. Pos

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 27th 2012


3652 Comments


Oh fuck ya recommended The Contortionist. Props

mindleviticus
December 27th 2012


8229 Comments


sounds pretty good from what I've heard

Digging: Cultes Des Ghoules - Henbane

themyriad
December 27th 2012


69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this album definitely flows much better than Exoplanet though. I was actually surprised by how good this was. Did not see it coming at all.

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 27th 2012


3652 Comments


Exoplanet is my fav death core/Prog album of all time. Idk if this can top that

themyriad
December 27th 2012


69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If anything listen to the song 'Nebulayer Cake' it has a pretty sick groove at the beginning that'll get you going for sure.

ILJ
December 27th 2012


6670 Comments


this looks sorta cool but fuck that artwork and name just is not appealing in the least.

FearThyEvil
December 27th 2012


12545 Comments


Exoplanet is my fav death core/Prog album of all time. Idk if this can top that

It's not prog.

Yazz_Flute
December 27th 2012


18783 Comments


Two albums in one year? Goddamn.

Do you prefer this to The Man With No Face?

Digging: Battles - Mirrored

Yazz_Flute
December 27th 2012


18783 Comments


Exoplanet had some elements traditionally associated with "prog", but genre semantics are stupid.

TheMoreira
December 27th 2012


7177 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Here we go, another "is it prog or not" discussion. haha

I gotta listen to this. Damn do these guys work hard or what..



SlMBOLlC
December 27th 2012


5181 Comments


exoplanet rules, to be sure. but symbolic, portal of i and stones reach (among a few others) top it for me. still best deathcore album ive heard

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 27th 2012


3652 Comments


"Exoplanet is my fav death core/Prog album of all time. Idk if this can top that

It's not prog. "

Thats why i said deathcore/prog. U see that forward slash there thats supposed to represent a mix of the two. It has prog influences like Cynic so ya I never said its straight up prog.

mindleviticus
December 27th 2012


8229 Comments


it sounds good but that album cover is fucking terrible

J0ckstrapsFTW
December 27th 2012


3652 Comments


Dat cake so m/

themyriad
December 27th 2012


69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lets be honest, if that cake had any coconut or almonds, pecans, etc. It would probably suck. Chocolate covered metal mmmmm

DeadGuy
December 27th 2012


394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never heard anything by this band before, but pleasantly suprised

Digging: Steak - Slab City

krig9412
December 28th 2012


794 Comments


Wow I remember reviewing these guys' first EP way back when I first joined this site. Didn't even know they put out new stuff, I need to check this out.

foxblood
December 28th 2012


6797 Comments


only heard Cleansed and it's not bad



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