Sophicide
Perdition of the Sublime


4.0
excellent

Review

by Joxer The Mighty USER (20 Reviews)
January 10th, 2013 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fresh death metal with a modern, technical approach and with hints of old-school classics like None So Vile.

The band Sophicide was founded in 2009 as a one-man-band by a 19-year-old German musician.
I’m not going to be all: This is good for a one man band-since that would be lying because this is amazing either way. It’s honestly hard to believe at first listen that this was created solely by a nineteen year old. I mean it’s nothing groundbreaking or genre elevating, but really impressive nonetheless.

One of the strongest elements in this album, and it actually should be since it’s death metal, are the guitar riffs. Very elaborate written interesting riffs fills the album to the top. Some very melodic other more fast paced and brutal, but they always seem to deliver something original. The riffs are for the most part tremolo focused, but doesn’t get boring thanks to the variety in the writing. The second song, Within Darkness, is one of the standout tracks not only because it’s generally well written and has fantastic drumming, but it also has some very interesting use of and acoustic guitar at times. It almost sounds like something Opeth would write. You can actually find stains of these acoustic guitar parts throughout the entire album. Perdition of the Sublime is not the most number crunching technical death metal album and it certainly is not completely nonsensical fast, but that’s the charm here. “Simply” an outstanding brutal metal album with just more technical moments. There are, however, very technical songs as well like Blood for Honour which has fantastic atmospheric instrumental parts that are out of this world. The first song The Art of Atrocity which is the best track on the album is actually also really impressive in the technical aspect so Perdition Of The Sublime is really all over the place in different styles. It is still very enjoyable for all kinds of metal fans-ranging from old-school lovers to more modern minds.

The vocals are for the most part your standard death metal growls or gutturals that occasionally decides to go a bit higher into screeches, but only during a few moments in the entire album. The drumming is overall strong. A lot of blast beats and cymbal runs, but nothing too original or exquisite. Still standard technical death metal drumming that you might expect from a release like this so it’s not a rating dropping matter.

At track seven the album can become a bit repetitive and overall not-so-interesting, but the album is thankfully, somewhat salvaged by the amazing closer track The Essence of Warfare is another standout track. Not mainly because of any particular reason other than it’s one of the fastest and most intense songs on the entire album. To end and album with one of the fastest songs seems a little weird though so it’s a win-loss situation. Folie * deux is a very nice track though and a well placed interruptment. It basicly works like an interlude for the next track called Lafayette’s Deception which is another stando-whatever...all tracks are simply amazing and guarantees satisfaction. So to get back on track-Folie * deux is a one and a half minute long instrumental track with only a acoustic guitar playing in front of various background orchestral sounds.

4-Excellent



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FrozenVain
January 10th 2013


2444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm decently glad with how this review turned out.

Sophicide - The Art Of Atrocity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYBTEsRRjdI

TheNotrap
January 10th 2013


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

One of the most interesting '12 tech DM releases. Talented musician.

Nice job man, have a pos.

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FrozenVain
January 10th 2013


2444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks, NoTrap

CaptainDooRight
January 10th 2013


29881 Comments


nice review, would be nice to see some track links but good job

pos

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FrozenVain
January 10th 2013


2444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks, cap. I'll get some track links out.

CaptainDooRight
January 10th 2013


29881 Comments


swee, no rush

I can also do a search on youtube as well. It would just be quicker and more convienant. Love that you're staying passionate with your reviews. I wish I had more time for them.

FrozenVain
January 10th 2013


2444 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm glad that you feel that way.
I usualy don't have too much time to write reviews either so that's why I release so few.

Thibs
April 9th 2014


1557 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fucking awesome record

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