Odious Mortem
Cryptic Implosion


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew W. Gold CONTRIBUTOR (88 Reviews)
February 26th, 2013 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A shiny textbook tech death album

There are a countless number of excellent bands in all genres that release consistently excellent albums one after another, but usually something holds these albums back from being truly phenomenal. Sometimes it’s the production; sometimes it’s a hiccup in songwriting ability; other times they might’ve just forgotten what made them good in the first place. But every once in a while comes a band that gets everything right with one album – perfect production, superb songwriting, and a thoroughly impressive statement in whatever genre it may be, and in the world of technical death metal that’s exactly what Odious Mortem achieved with their 2007 release Cryptic Implosion.

Technical death metal isn’t the most accessible of genres to begin with; blisteringly fast riffs and blast beats topped off with low guttural vocals, but Odious Mortem managed to take these stereotypes to the next level on Cryptic Implosion. The impeccably fast riffs have defined melody, something their debut lacked, and the drum work as a whole is absolutely jaw dropping. He does fills in all the right places without sounding too overbearing and ultimately follows and compliments the guitar work to a T (e.g. ‘Nux Vomica’s stop-and-start bridge section). Oddly enough the bass has its time to shine as well, which is pretty rare in a death metal if your bassist isn’t Steve DiGiorgio. Track-pick ‘Domain in the Eternal Paradox’ has a morose bass break near the end which leads into a passage of wonderfully eerie and intertwining melodic guitar leads, taking you away from the brutality for a few moments before slowly fading out into nothing.

If there’s anything negative I could say about Cryptic Implosion, it would be that it’s almost too much of the same. On their own, any track on this album can hold its own against Cryptopsy's and Suffocation's best work, but viewing the album as one piece of music can be quite overwhelming to some. The tracks tend to bleed into each other, and since they’re all so technical all the time, with the exception of ‘Domain in the Eternal Paradox’s outro, it can be a challenge to sit through the whole thing in one sitting. Thankfully at only 35 minutes, Cryptic Implosion never overstays its welcome, and for all the death metal veterans out there, the consistency with each song shouldn’t be an issue. In fact its this consistency and technical proficiency in Cryptic Implosion that epitomizes everything tech death should be, and it ultimately shows that in the grand scheme of things, Odious Mortem are not to be fucked with.

Recommended Tracks
- Fragmented Oblivion
- The Endless Regression of Mind
- Domain of the Eternal Paradox




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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


22412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fragmented Oblivion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdx1oLZurkc



The Endless Regression of Mind - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_u6maFN_CA



Domain of the Eternal Paradox - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEG75gxEJD0

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review, but I don't think the songwriting on this is all that great really.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


22412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A bit of an overstatement maybe but each song is incredibly consistent. And that's hardly worth a neg

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2013


16051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The songs are consistent to a fault, and are practically indistinguishable apart from the tracks with solos. Plenty of tech-bands have written better songs and overall albums than this.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


22412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well that goes without saying

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


22412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Anyway Michael you should check this out

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


22412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rate?

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


22412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fair enough. Fixed that sentence btw



Goddamnit ghost negs. Why do you exist

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


22412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To be fair I don't think he likes you

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


22412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol I was being facetious. Yeah that's pretty ridiculous but what can you do

Funeralopolis
February 26th 2013


12399 Comments


skele is scum, gonna go pos all your reviews snox

Digging: Death Grips - Exmilitary

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 26th 2013


22412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More people need to hear this

SuicidalPrincess
February 26th 2013


187 Comments


ill listen later.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


22412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

m/

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 27th 2013


22412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0



Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 28th 2013


22412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the solo in TEROM is so perfect

TheNotrap
October 26th 2013


8252 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Suffocation and Deeds of Flesh fans should check this out.

Solid release.



Nice work, have a pos.



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