Birth of Depravity
The Coming of the Ineffable


1.5
very poor

Review

by Jack Boaden USER (29 Reviews)
July 13th, 2013 | 21 replies | 1,266 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Always boring and never fun, Birth of Depravity are one to avoid.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Brutal death metal is a genre that continues to surprise me. I’m absolutely floored by Katalepsy’s “Autopsychosis” – an album that contains some of the heaviest death metal in existence – and I’m left in awe at The Faceless’ Planetary Duality, an album that manages to balance so many different ideas that the final output is damn near perfect. With that being said, the amount of “good” bands in the genre is small, and the reputation of said genre is completely brought down by Brain Drill and latter day Deicide, to name two bands out of many.

And that brings us to Greece’s Birth of Depravity, whose newest record The Coming of the Ineffable is about as good and as fun as the country’s finances at the minute. Though the album offers ten songs in a little over thirty five minutes, how each song manages to feel twice its length is beyond me. The band call themselves “technical brutal death metal,” and as a result suffer the same problem as Brain Drill (remember how much you hated Quantum Catastrophe?) – Though the music offered here is impressive, it suffers from being both boring and forgettable. It’s not completely fair to compare Birth of Depravity with Brain Drill though – whilst both bands play a technical form of brutal death metal, Brain Drill place far more emphasis on the “technical” aspect whilst Birth of Depravity rely more on the “brutal” side. The album’s two longest tracks, Towers of Disillusion and Enslaved In Somnium respectively both reach nearly five minutes – three and a half too many minutes. If you want to listen to the whole album but you don’t have time, the album’s penultimate track Dehumanization By Hellfire (falling just short of two and half minutes) acts as a fantastic summary of everything beforehand, demonstrating the band’s mix of death metal riffs with incredibly technical fills that, whilst impressive, still come off as a slightly more technical Cannibal Corpse.

Sure, it’s heavy, but so what? It’s not like you haven’t heard it a million times before.

It’s not like the production of the album does the band any favours either. As a result of the murky production, the heavier chugs that the band employs sound weak and overall the album lacks any particular power behind it. Not even with Greg behind the mic can Birth of Depravity be saved – his growls are constantly monotonous throughout, again reminiscent of Chris Barnes or any other number of generic death metal vocalists.

As a death metal fan you’re far better off with Russian tech-wizards Katalepsy or Italy’s completely slamtastic Vulvectomy. Sure, Vulvectomy might be brain dead death metal, but at least it’s fun – and that counts for something, right?



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TwoMonthsInTheCold
July 12th 2013



288 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

First time writing a 1.5 review, chose a more informal approach here - feedback would be appreciated!

Mister Twister
July 12th 2013



1493 Comments


Seems a bit caustic and casual, but it's still alright.

auberginedreams
July 12th 2013



5989 Comments


how is the faceless brutal death metal.

TrueBlood
July 12th 2013



1388 Comments


wtf


pribosse
July 12th 2013



524 Comments


take a minute to examine this band's "logo" and see the symbolic epitome of what is ruining metal

TwoMonthsInTheCold
July 13th 2013



288 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah I guess I shouldn't have put Faceless in that opening paragraph, re-reading over it. Cheers for the feedback.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
July 13th 2013



13503 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review, very informative. Funnily enough, I'd probably enjoy this, gonna DL and see what it's like.

..wait, if it worse than Vulvectomy then no I probably won't, hmmm.

Digging: Krusseldorf - Fractal World

demigod!
July 13th 2013



43888 Comments


Vulvectomy? that's fucking brilliant

Digging: Black Flag - My War

sixdegrees
July 13th 2013



16802 Comments


Putrescent Clitoral Fermentation is an under-appreciated classic

Digging: Ted Nugent - Shutup&jam!

demigod!
July 13th 2013



43888 Comments


i know i like my clits fermented.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
July 13th 2013



288 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Ah Jac, I'm a sucker for foreign slam, you might dig Birth of Depravity. Check Hellfire out, it's half decent.

Six - Yeah, it's a cool album, I prefer the Abusing record purely because it doesn't have that annoying as fuck snare sound!

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
July 13th 2013



13503 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Listening now and it's certainly got riffs but the vocals are so bad they're almost comical.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
July 13th 2013



288 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Agreed haha, production brings it all down too. There's definitely better bands in the genre.

sixdegrees
July 13th 2013



16802 Comments


haven't heard I just like the album title :S

TwoMonthsInTheCold
July 13th 2013



288 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I like the cover ;)

Hoppoman
July 13th 2013



633 Comments


I can't even read the album title.

Mister Twister
July 13th 2013



1493 Comments


I think it's one of those albums that puts the title on the spine and leaves it off the cover. The band name is done in the most generic, unreadable way possible though.

mindleviticus
July 13th 2013



8168 Comments


Jacquibim love your new avy

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
July 13th 2013



13503 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Noot noot

Mister Twister
July 13th 2013



1493 Comments


Jacquibim love your new avy [2]

Way better than ponies. Want a real badass animal? Platypus. That's the transition point between science and religion, where neither side can do anything but laugh.



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