Conquering Dystopia
Conquering Dystopia


3.0
good

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (63 Reviews)
March 10th, 2014 | 13 replies | 4,079 views


Release Date: 03/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Technical excellence and flashes of good riffs prevent this from becoming excessively mundane, but for all the talent behind this there seems to be a lot of wasted potential.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

It's easy to look at Conquering Dystopia's lineup and assume a lot about how much sheer technicality is present in their music. Featuring the legendary Jeff Loomis on lead guitar and the similarly acclaimed Alex Webster (of Cannibal Corpse fame) on bass, as well as Keith Merrow and Alex Rudinger (of The Faceless), it's clear that this is one of the metal albums with the greatest collective volume of talent behind it of recent years. However, while this could have led to what would easily be one of the best albums of 2014, the result is a somewhat misguided, albeit still reasonably entertaining instrumental metal piece.

Listening to any one song off the album demonstrates the quality here behind any of the tracks. The opener Prelude To Obliteration is an entertainingly aggressive and simultaneously melodic death metal track, and the following track Tethys similarly demonstrates the band's capacity for clean cut but extremely technical groove/death metal styles. Loaded with the usual excellent guitar solos courtesy of Jeff, as well as Keith's agile and groovy riffs, there is a lot to like about the album from the get go.

Sadly, this album suffers from a dire lack of variation. Most of Keith's riffs begin to sound the same very quickly, with very little variation in style; whilst most present variation is welcome, some of the more noticeably different styles are less effective, such as the djent-styled riffing at the end of Kufra At Dusk. This could probably have been rectified simply by changing up who wrote some of the tracks, as Keith's rather samey style of songwriting could have been counterpointed rather well by contributions from the other members. Highlights like Inexhaustible Savagery and Totalitarian Sphere are focused towards the beginning and middle of the album, leaving the entirely competent but not terribly interesting second half as a let down compared to the first few tracks. The length of the album also limits the impact many of the tracks could have had; 12 tracks of material, albeit with two filler tracks, does leave some of the album dragging towards the end.

Despite this, one can't say that this is an album without merit in the material. If you find something you like here you certainly won't be lacking more of it, and the excellent performances of all the members practically justifies checking this album for those alone, but given the talent behind the project, it's somewhat disappointing to hear just how simply adequate it is.



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Thor
March 10th 2014



10183 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

close the parentheses in the first paragraph pls kthx

also don't call this djent pls kthx

Madbutcher3
March 10th 2014



1101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If you actually bothered to read the sentence, I was criticising one riff for being djent esque and
uninteresting. In any case, I've edited it for greater clarity although it's now vague instead of
misleading XD

Thanks for pointing out the parentheses though, will do.

Solbrave
March 10th 2014



233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this has a lot of the same problems i have with jeff's solo work, except i think this is more
cohesive. i'll have to give it more listens; if it grows on me, i might have to bump this to a 4,
although it does drag on a liiiittle too long.

good review though, pos'd.

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tempest--
March 10th 2014



13142 Comments


Yeah, thought this was going to be kinda cool but boring. I'll give it a listen, but not expecting more than a 3.

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CaptainDooRight
March 10th 2014



28791 Comments


Sup made heard a track. Was thinkin it'd b Koo to sample a measure of their solo and make a beat out of it

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Calc
March 10th 2014



12126 Comments


lloyd's thoughts are my thoughts.

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dbilidb
March 11th 2014



46 Comments


Shredding. :3

Madbutcher3
March 11th 2014



1101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it does shred


Solbrave
March 12th 2014



233 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I might drop this to a 3.

MikeC26
March 15th 2014



3172 Comments


this isn't that good which sucks

Madbutcher3
March 16th 2014



1101 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah I was expecting this to be pretty great but of course Jeff-sama has to disappoint me ;-;

TMONEY703
May 22nd 2014



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Totally agree with the review. I can't get very far listening to the album in a sitting but each song is solid on it's own. I saw them live a few nights ago and they were excellent, most notably Alex Rudinger.

Great Review.

Thibs
July 28th 2014



1307 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i could listen to jeff all day. album is great

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