Brutality Will Prevail
Suspension of Consciousness


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by Jack Boaden USER (29 Reviews)
April 10th, 2014 | 18 replies | 3,058 views


Release Date: 04/07/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The final nail in the coffin of the Welsh quintet's hard-earned legacy.

6 of 7 thought this review was well written

For a number of years now, the Welsh quintet that is Brutality Will Prevail have been a household name in the UK’s hardcore scene, and it’s not hard to see why. The band’s accessible doom-influenced approach to hardcore seems to be somewhat unique amongst contemporaries such as Your Demise, Desolated and TRC. Fans of the group will be pleased to know that there’s been no dramatic alteration in their sound following the sudden frontman change in late 2012 from Ajay Jones to Breaking Point‘s own Louis Gauthier, as at the core of the album, the doom-laden riffs we’ve all come to know and love are still there and the filthy, filthy guitar tones are present as always. But, if there’s one word to describe Suspension Of Consciousness, it’s ‘recycled’.

There’s a stench of familiarity absolutely everywhere, with a lot of the tracks sounding like rejected Root Of All Evil or Scatter The Ashes b-sides. The album’s completely unmemorable, Gauthier‘s vocals grate at times and the songwriting is all over the place. Take Burden Of Love for example, as about three-quarters of the way through, the band transitions from a pretty nifty 2-step beat into a completely bizarre section with a messy solo over the top. Further problems come in the form of the clean vocals, a new addition to the band’s sound. Gauthier‘s singing is rarely in tune (see Tower Of Silence), and it generally makes for an unpleasant listen throughout.

The record offers twelve songs in thirty-four minutes, but what’s up with the four interludes throughout? Album opener, Delirium, is a simple drone track that serves absolutely no purpose at all. Ritual is more psychedelic than anything and, due to the solo halfway through, sounds more like an Electric Wizard-turned-hardcore song. Celephais is just guitar noodling whilst the penultimate La Mascara Mortuoria is a Spanish-influenced acoustic waste of time. The extensive use of such interludes results in the album lacking any form of cohesion, because as soon as Suspension Of Consciousness builds up any sort of momentum, it’s interrupted.

Some would argue that Brutality Will Prevail have been dead since the more mainstream stylings of Root Of All Evil, whilst some would say that that judgement is best saved for 2012′s Scatter The Ashes. Whatever your opinion, Suspension Of Consciousness is the final nail in the coffin of the band's hard-earned legacy.



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TwoMonthsInTheCold
April 10th 2014



288 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Absolutely gutted that it's so terrible, really enjoy everything else they've put out though. Feedback welcome as always.

Diamondize
April 10th 2014



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Always thought this band was just decent, but I didn't expect this.

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Tunaboy45
April 10th 2014



2031 Comments


Oh.

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Tunaboy45
April 10th 2014



2031 Comments


Haven't heard it yet but the review is good so have a pos.

TwoMonthsInTheCold
April 10th 2014



288 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Thanks man. Anyone checked out Ajay's new band, MINDxCONTROL?

Diamondize
April 10th 2014



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Never heard, is Ajay the vocalist of this band?

TwoMonthsInTheCold
April 10th 2014



288 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

He was, but he left before recording this album. He's doing this new youth crew thing called Mind x Control, it's great.

Diamondize
April 10th 2014



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I checked it out, solid shit. Good thing he jumped ship when he did.

cvlts
April 10th 2014



8954 Comments


review doesn't really validate the 1 rating but band has always sucked regardless

psyclonus
April 10th 2014



127 Comments


sounds brutal

ScarlettPimpernail
April 10th 2014



189 Comments


Good review

Nikkolae
April 11th 2014



4836 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i always thought their downfall came after Sleep Paralysis but goddam does this make Scatter The Ashes look amazing

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Owantjaaaa
April 14th 2014



3215 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

It's not 1.0 tier

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Owantjaaaa
April 15th 2014



3215 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

He was, but he left before recording this album. He's doing this new youth crew thing called Mind x Control, it's great.

good stuff!

Nikkolae
May 3rd 2014



4836 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

alright bumped this to a 2 because i decided the clean vocals are what kill this, everything else that's made them BWP is still there, its just those damn cleans are atrocious so yeah, btw Mind x Control kicks ass /rant

CrimsonLies
May 19th 2014



2020 Comments


Whoa is this really that bad? I only heard Sleep Paralysis and thought it was good

Diamondize
May 19th 2014



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

it is

rossmcquaid13
June 5th 2014



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't think it's all that bad, it's taking chances, finding a different sound, gotta respect that a bit.



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