A Million Dead Birds Laughing
Bloom


3.0
good

Review

by Mall USER (76 Reviews)
January 12th, 2015 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Men’s lives are as meaningless as the lives of insects

It only takes one glance at the name of Australian metal quartet A Million Dead Birds Laughing to determine that their particular of melody-laced deathgrind is going to be a tad unsettling. The tortured screams of the introductory track of their third album Bloom are a little cheesy, but they give way to a tirade of dynamic, atmosphere-soaked riffs that emulate the deepest, darkest depths of human emotion fantastically well. The drum performance here is good enough to rival modern metal titans like Ulcerate extremely easily, providing just the right level of speed before taking a step back for the glorious technicality of the guitars to shine through.

By the time the fifth track 'Maboroshi' hits, the band have already thrown many a curveball into their music. Most notable is the brief classical intersection of 'Defaced', a minor part of the song that improves it exponentially. The band takes hints from technical bands like Gorod in their execution of these moments, subtly enshrined within the thick layers of sound. But really, the main problem with this record is exactly this, these moments are too few and far between. The aforementioned 'Maboroshi' has potential to be a highlight, yet its spectral, haunting guitars are smothered by obtuse, obnoxiously compressed production. The typical brickwalling that occurs in the majority of modern metal records can be found here in full fruition, annoyingly plastic and frustratingly quiet drum sound included.

Of course, with a grindcore-like ethos towards song lengths, you're not likely to remember any of this anyway. On first listen, the shorter tracks of this record are entirely possible to forget entirely, and only behemoths like 'Bushidou' are likely to provide an easy entry point. What saves these songs from joining the generic scrap heap are the terrifying monster growls, confidently grasping the unpredictable nature of the reverb-drenched, occasionally sludgy guitars, always find a way to slide comfortably in to even the most dazzling song structures. Darren Leslie is capable of flurries of Travis Ryan-aping screams, intimidating bellows and moaning chants, and on epic closer 'Equilibrium' applies them all in equal measure.

As a metal record, Bloom most be given its dues for experimentation, dabbling in crushing death metal as much as it does progressive guitar tweaks and unconventional instrumental use. However, the poor production, forgettable middle section and lack of defining songs make it yet another mediocre foray into extreme music that ultimately doesn't live up to expectation.



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cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
January 12th 2015


2304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice work on the review, man. Pos'd hard. I agree about the production, but I think there are some real highlights and that the songwriting is quite memorable. I am glad to see that you gave them points for their unique approach.

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cryptside
Contributing Reviewer
January 12th 2015


2304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also:

"It only takes one glance at the name of Australian metal quartet A Million Dead Birds Laughing to detentions that their particular of melody-laced deathgrind is going to be a tad unsettling."

*detect instead of detentions



" However, the poor production, forgettable middle section and lack of defining songs make it yet another medicine foray into extreme music that ultimately doesn't live up to expectation."

-I don't know that medicine makes sense in this sentence. Were you trying to say the songwriting was too surgically precise, or...? Not too sure on that one.

Mall
January 13th 2015


2206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh I wasn't trying to say medicine I'll change that haha



Thanks for the feedback man!

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2015


6824 Comments


Pos'd. Sweet review yo

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Mall
January 14th 2015


2206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cheers man, I'm down for doing any of the other ones that haven't been done yet : )

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
January 14th 2015


6824 Comments


It's all you, dude. Review any of the remaining ones you like.



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