Disfiguring the Goddess
Deprive


3.0
good

Review

by Jacquibim CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
December 20th, 2013 | 17 replies


Release Date: 12/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A monumental improvement for Cam's one man band, Deprive sees Disfiguring The Goddess - for the most part - realise its potential.

Brainchild of popular EDM producer Cameron Argon, Disfiguring the Goddess has always been a perplexing little project. Conjured in 2006 as little more than a bit of brutal fun, the one-man band quickly developed into something more serious as Cam became more competent, and consequently more adventurous. However, there was always something inhibiting the project from blossoming into something remarkable, a sense that Cam was distracted by bigger and better things, namely his career as Big Chocolate. Although undeniably brutal, Disfiguring The Goddess’ music has always given off the impression that Cam not only doesn’t take the project seriously enough, but that he just doesn’t care, until now.

Ever since the demo material began to make waves in 2008, the electronic undertones have been a fairly distinguishing feature in Disfiguring The Goddess’s sound, but the overall execution of it reflected a hint of neglect. Enter Deprive, and now Disfiguring The Goddess not only sounds like an authentic brutal death metal band, but a proficient and respectable one. Gone are the abysmal production jobs that somehow managed to meld the worst elements of under and overproduction respectively, replaced by a cement thick yet crisp soundscape laced with delicate synths and ambience. Cameron’s doubling as both an EDM and brutal death artist had resulted in the latter’s potential being stifled, but now there is harmony, a balance between the best of both worlds. The electronic elements no longer clash obnoxiously with the abrasive soundscape of brutal death, and instead add an eerie atmosphere that the unconventional song-writing is able to capitalise on.

Despite the night-and-day progress in terms of composition and production, Deprive still retains the primal sound that Cameron has so vigilantly pursued for his project. If there’s one thing that elevated Disfiguring The Goddess’ earlier material above the doldrums of the scene, it was character. Given Cam’s sheer diversity in terms of musical output, his brutal death material always had an intrinsic charisma, irrespective of execution. Thankfully his quirky blend of the synthetic and the metallic has been not only preserved but greatly enriched. Though a night and day improvement it may be, there are still a number of setbacks, stemming primarily from the brutal death clichés that have eternally hindered the genre’s status as a respected art form. Cam’s fetish for obnoxiously loud percussion and frequent breakdowns has been quelled to an extent, but the otherwise impressive experience is still somewhat marred. A number of the ambient nuances are crushed by the characteristically brutal death attributes, though this doesn’t stop Deprive from turning out to be a great album in its own right.

Instrumentally the album isn’t too far removed from Disfiguring The Goddess’ earlier material. Gravity blasts, slams, tremolo picking and otherworldly guttural vocals are still in abundance, however the ante has been upped tenfold, and the riff patterns are now not only brutal as hell but actually interesting. In addition to the infectious grooves and blistering riffs, what makes the album is their interlacing with the electronics. Cam obviously knows his multiple trades well, and now finally seems to be assimilating them effectively. A combination of surprisingly delicate keys, intense choral effects and sparse synthlines makes up the bulk of the electronic accents. “Home of the Dollmaker” is arguably the album’s highlight, unpredictable yet cohesive, it manages to create something rarely pulled off in modern brutal death – tension and suspense. The juxtaposition of brief choral snips, breaks and shape shifting riffs routinely catch the listener off-guard, creating a genuine sense of anticipation of what you’ll be greeted with next. Unfortunately, there are infrequent moments where segues are ineffective and the electronics aren’t entirely fleshed out, and this is perhaps due to Deprive’s brevity. Barely clocking in at 19 minutes once the hidden track is dismissed from the equation, the album lets up before the listener’s had their fix, leaving them craving for more and ultimately a little dissatisfied.

Regardless if Deprive’s sister album Black Earth Child was meant as an extension of this or not, it doesn’t change the fact that Deprive suffers from its lack of weight as a single entity. Nevertheless, it is a massive step forward for Disfiguring the Goddess, and a signal that Cam sees this project as a bit more than a gimmick now. Whether or not he chooses to truly embrace what is now a winning formula remains to be seen, watch this space.



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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2013


15219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I should note that this is certainly not for purists, so if you believe DM died after '93 don't whinge when you inevitably hate it.

Glad to be back anyways.

Digging: Blaspherian - Upon The Throne of Eternal Blasphemous Death

Tyrael
December 20th 2013


20974 Comments


swee

tommygun
December 20th 2013


25417 Comments


pos

tempest--
December 20th 2013


14635 Comments


oh man i remember this band from my deathcore days and the quest to find the heaviest shit on the planet
first album was good for about 2 seconds

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2013


15219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Pretty much everything prior to this sucked bar a few songs

tempest--
December 20th 2013


14635 Comments


this is still lol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttn1otpx7zA

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2013


15219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

"I'm cameron from Disgjklnergjklergjklner the gah-DESS"

tempest--
December 20th 2013


14635 Comments


Man, if you don't get contrib I'm gonna be pissed.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2013


15219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

< 3

tommygun
December 20th 2013


25417 Comments


better than most of the current contribs yo

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2013


15219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

< 3 [2]

Shuyin
December 20th 2013


12062 Comments


2 albums this year? must be interesting

nicely written review btw, pos'd

DotNine
December 20th 2013


137 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Big Chocolate mah niggah.

MosesMalone
December 20th 2013


1836 Comments


BRUTAL

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2013


15219 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I think it is, general consensus seems to be going the other way though. BEC has a bigger emphasis on the electronics but I don't think the riffs or songs are as interesting as on here.

CaptainDooRight
December 21st 2013


30335 Comments


Not sure what this bands all about other than your write up but I just listened to Industrial Quater which was my first hearing if
these guys. It was okay. There was a decent atmosphere and feel to it. Couldn't really tell but I'm assuming the drums are
programmed? I possibly might listen to another track because a few unique elements I heard.

Your write up was great, so pos

MosesMalone
December 24th 2013


1836 Comments


Seriously though these albums are a lot of fun. Just some sickness to slam ya know?



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