The Cake Is A Lie
Dark Nature


3.5
great

Review

by ScuroFantasma USER (38 Reviews)
July 30th, 2014 | 28 replies


Release Date: 07/31/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maintaining interest is the name of the game.

Announcing itself with an impressive combination of insane riffing and erratic drumming, ‘Harlot’ effectively introduces listeners to the unique South African deathcore outfit The Cake Is A Lie. This introductory track is more than enough to immediately discern that this will not be your standard deathcore album. In favour of mindless chugging and useless blast beats for the duration of an album, a trait which plagues a number of this band’s contemporaries in the genre, Dark Nature consists instead of ever-changing experimentation; a conglomeration of styles peppered with twists at every turn.

Over the course of this album, listeners are treated to an experience that never relents in its undying devotion to entertainment. Amidst all of the genre defining characteristics, demonstrated throughout Dark Nature’s run-time, are a collection of surprising alterations between The Cake Is A Lie and those they share the genre with. Of course, the band retain the typical deathcore elements; displays of throaty growling, breakdowns, down-tuned chugging and lightning fast drumming are all present on Dark nature, and in high doses. It’s not always a question of content though; it’s equally a matter of how you use it. And TCIAL certainly know how to use them. Interspersed and in coalition with the standard deathcore fare are the elements that set this band apart. New ideas spring forth periodically throughout the album, and each time an idea has been fully realised another takes its place. These transitions are always organic though; each element flows naturally into the next and builds upon the song structure rather that meandering into a different direction and ultimately losing track.

Influences stretching back to the older forms of death metal can be felt in the extended riffing of the guitars, which appears on this EP at an unusually high quantity and quality for a predominantly deathcore style band. The guitarists display some commendable talent, wielding their instruments with a technicality that is rarely found within the genre. Layered guitar tracks consisting of one guitarist performing heavily distorted rhythm duties while the other utilises high fret riffing over the top makes up the bulk of this albums guitar component. Sometimes the guitarists will fall back on a breakdown or some low, repetitive rhythms, but they generally experiment and ensure each track is different and interesting. There are occasional moments of dual riffing and interesting licks that add even more of an atmosphere to this EP, as well as a touch of sombre clean guitar passages such as the prominent section on ‘Mother Africa’, or the quiet, faded quality of the guitars part-way through the title track.

The rhythm section is quite effective, but that can mostly be attributed to the talented drummer. The drumming always appears energetic and perfectly accompanies the riffing and chugging of the guitarists, creating an extremely solid backbone. The bass guitar is unfortunately hidden quite deeply beneath the warring guitars and pounding percussion. It’s presence is definitely noticeable, especially on tracks such as ‘Ode To The Chuggernaut’, the contents of which reflects the title it has been given in certain areas and it is in those moments where the bass appears most effective. Perhaps it is the unusually experimental quality of the band that has led to a difficulty in appropriately placing the bass guitar within the mix. The bass also rears its head in the latter half of ‘Mother Africa’ for a surprise appearance that reminds you it is still there and can definitely improve the tracks when it’s presence can be felt.

The vocals ensure a memorable experience, utilising a style that incorporates both higher shrieks and low guttural growls, both of which are familiar to the genre. The vocals are quite diverse though, which is made especially apparent for the first time on ‘My Kingdom, My Rules’ and once again on the title track when some clean vocal talent is divulged. The growling is done very well, which becomes increasingly obvious when the lows are juxtaposed with cleans on the aforementioned occasions. The production is also quite well done, it has a strange, gritty feeling to it and at the same time manages to feel very polished which works particularly well in relation to the kind of music that The Cake Is A Lie have shaped on this album.

Dark Nature proves to be an extremely solid album which asserts the argument for the effectiveness of quality songwriting, especially in the hands of talented musicians.

-ScuroFantasma



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SnakeDelilah
July 29th 2014


7856 Comments


prob the same assholes who conceived An Arrow to the Knee.

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ScuroFantasma
July 29th 2014


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album can be streamed/downloaded from bandcamp here; http://totaldeathcore.bandcamp.com/album/dark-nature

Any review criticisms/comments are welcomed, as always.

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ScuroFantasma
July 29th 2014


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow Snake, that was quick.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 29th 2014


6264 Comments


Nice review as always Scuro, but that band name is fucking awful. In any event, have a pos.

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ExplosiveOranges
July 29th 2014


3134 Comments


Sweet review, mate. I'll probably pass off this one, though.

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ScuroFantasma
July 29th 2014


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys. I agree that the band name is a questionable choice Judio. @Oranges, you might like this man, it has more in common with old school death metal than most dxc.

ExplosiveOranges
July 29th 2014


3134 Comments


Eh, I'll give it a shot. If I don't like it, though, IT'S YOUR ASS ON THE LINE. (Not really)

Asdfp277
July 29th 2014


1164 Comments


haven't read haven't heard just burn that band name right now wow

ScuroFantasma
July 29th 2014


2215 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha, okay man, hope you like it then.

Wadlez
July 29th 2014


4236 Comments


Band named after a meme. Lame!

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Feather
July 29th 2014


1342 Comments


Album cover makes me not want to listen.

thelastsignal
July 30th 2014


1370 Comments


Awesome review, man! One of your best, this sounds interesting and I will definitely check it out.

SomeGuyDude
July 30th 2014


72 Comments


My general rule is not to take a band's name against 'em. I've been seriously surprised by acts like The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, so let's fire this up.

I'd even say it's not fair to call these guys deathcore. There's way too much going on. The opening track has Machine Head influences in it, Dillinger-style spazzcore, the works. Yeah there's a big fat breakdown, but even that manages to be different than a standard one-note chug with some Danza-esque touches. And shit, I'm still on track 1. FFS it even ends with an old-school heavy metal riff.

BTW, don't stream it. Download's free and yes, it sounds a LOT better at full quality.

VaxXi
July 30th 2014


575 Comments


Im not sure if I want to hear music from a band with a 6 year old dead meme as a band name.

Anyways, awesome review, have a pos.

ILJ
July 30th 2014


6708 Comments


wow so cool naming your band after a line from a video game turned meme

ILJ
July 30th 2014


6708 Comments


"Ode to the Chuggernaught"

jesus christ

Sabrutin
July 30th 2014


921 Comments


I wonder if they know what Portal is.

Album cover makes me not want to listen. [2]

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Calc
July 30th 2014


12249 Comments


is there a band with a name like this that isn't shit?

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Azn.
July 30th 2014


5612 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

horrible naming idea, horrible genre, horrible cover art

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thelastsignal
July 30th 2014


1370 Comments


Haha why the hell are people so hung up on the band name?



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