Pathology
Lords of Rephaim


3.0
good

Review

by Jacquibim CONTRIBUTOR (54 Reviews)
September 11th, 2013 | 40 replies


Release Date: 09/03/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lords of Replication

Say what you want about Pathology (or the brutal death metal scene in general), these guys know their trade. One of their biggest strengths is their sense of self-awareness as a band, not even attempting to think outside the box and just sticking to what they know they do best – no frills brutal death metal. Yes, their music does become pretty stagnant when played over any extended period of time, given the derivative nature of the material. However, Pathology’s musical brevity is their biggest strength, trickling just enough variation in between their 2-3 minute arrangements to maintain the listeners attention, regardless of the lack of innovation. With their latest album Lords of Rephaim, it comes as absolutely no surprise they’ve done nothing new, and the album is all-the-more better off because of it.

Those who are fans of Pathology’s previous albums can rest assured there are no twists or shocks that will send their brutal minds into disarray. None of these songs extend far beyond 3 minutes in length, which is all these guys need to cram a sufficient number of catchy riffs to sate someone’s desire for a bit of mindless, metallic fun. There are grooves and slams in abundance, with vocals so guttural they could only have been muttered by a man who drinks cement smoothies. In comparison to their previous two albums, the vocals are a stark improvement. This is thanks to long time vocalist Matti Way returning to the mic, ditching Jonothan Huber’s annoying pseudo-pig squeal for a much more, ahem… “brutal” vocal delivery. Instrumentally, the album is a standard Pathology affair. There’s probably no point in telling you the album is a blast-fest in every sense of the term, with some fairly heavy bass drum abuse to boot. Apart from a minor presence of melody on the track “Autumn Cryptique” (which happens to be one of the strongest and most instantly recognisable songs on here), the album also features a smattering of infectious, mid-tempo slam riffs that are sure to have you grooving throughout the entirety of the album. These are spaced out well enough by a number of technical flashes, lingering power chords and brief stints of tremolo picking, because variety is obviously the spice of Pathology’s life. But that’s exactly why Pathology’s formula works so well. Sarcasm aside, you have to give these guys credit for understanding their strengths and not branching out into ostentatious bullshit that would only sound out of place on one of their records.

Nobody could honestly vouch for this being a lyrical or song-writing masterpiece, but it’s hard to accuse Pathology of any wrongdoing either. The album serves its purpose with consummate ease, providing a healthy dose of mindless fun for your average brutal death fan. Genre conservatives will obviously attack it virulently and say Pathology need to diversify, but the truth is these guys have a formula that works and provides practically limitless material. Lords of Rephaim is Pathology doing what they do best – a heavy, infectious and easily digestible slab of brutal death metal, prepared and ready for consumption with no surprises contained within.



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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2013


14315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Pretty much the musical equivalent of fast food.

Hope you like you review.

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TwoMonthsInTheCold
September 11th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Goddamnit Jac you beat me to it

TwoMonthsInTheCold
September 11th 2013


288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Minor grammatical error in the first paragraph

maintain the listeners attention


*listener's

Other than that, review's rad. Pretty much just the exact same as Time of Great Purification then?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2013


14315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I'm quick yo

Thanks for pointing that out too. Yeah, pretty much the same as their last album but with better vox.

BigPleb
September 11th 2013


36599 Comments


Sweet summary, have a pos.

Won't be checking this though, not my thang.

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2013


14315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Leb, don't think you'd like it so don't bother.













...then again you jammed the new A7X

BigPleb
September 11th 2013


36599 Comments


Yeah, gotta get that objectivity score balanced :D

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2013


14315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Hmmmm, in that case.. I see you've rated Chelsea Grin's discog higher than 1.0, that could use some correcting.

BigPleb
September 11th 2013


36599 Comments


Probably could but I have no desire of listening ever again.

tommygun
September 11th 2013


24926 Comments


pos

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2013


14315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Cheers tommy, wanna read the review now?

tommygun
September 11th 2013


24926 Comments


not now i've had a lot of sangria will read it at work tomorrow bb

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 11th 2013


14315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

okay beb

Manqaness24
September 11th 2013


134 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I found this to be enjoyable but nothing to special.

Madbutcher3
September 11th 2013


1135 Comments


Not too bad, they're getting a little better.

FrozenVain
September 11th 2013


2432 Comments


Great review, man. Pos'd. I didn't really care for their last one but I'm glad to hear that the vox are better so I might check this out.

Smial
September 11th 2013


800 Comments


this band looks so unbelievably gay

evilford
September 11th 2013


22549 Comments


nice rev pos'd, doesn't sound like my poison

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MosesMalone
September 11th 2013


1836 Comments


Slam that sickness!

CaptainDooRight
September 11th 2013


29131 Comments


bookmarked for reading later

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