Ulsect
Ulsect


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dedes USER (66 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2017 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sheer force.

I’ve always been under the impression that a label like Seasons of Mist can do no wrong. They house a variety of incredible acts from every reach of the Metal genre (Benighted, Ne Obliviscaris, Deathspell Omega, etc) and now Ulsect proves that statement even further. Consisting of members from well established acts such as Textures and Dodecahedron, one expects a level of finesse and confidence from the band, and they exert that confidence in a way that’s absolutely bludgeoning to the listener. Our Netherlandic crew have crafted a dark and oppressive soundscape with a balance of mournful ambiance and thick, heavy guitar riffs.

Amazingly enough however, amidst the slow and crushing dissonance there is an admirable level of technical proficiency, which is largely attributed to the drum work. It is relentless in its intricacy without losing the ability to sound primal and thunderous. Back this with guitar riffs that are as dense as the American public, and you have yourself an album that is as heavy as heavy comes without devolving into degeneracy. The attention to detail without sacrificing the blunt power this album exert is staggering, such as off of tracks like “Fall To Depravity” or “Diminish”, where some gnarly chugs transition into breakneck riffs and drum patterns.

Adding that extra bit of finesse to this record is some absolutely magnificent production. I’m normally not someone to fawn over production values, but I was actually somewhat taken by surprise when I realize that every crashing cymbal, every bass note and every guitar chord was crystal clear. The cleaner production really favors this album because it exploits the aforementioned attention to detail rather well, even during the much more basic, stripped down breakdowns. One of the most perfect examples of this would be near the ending of “Unveil”, where this thick, muddy bass line rises from the murky swamp that is “Ulsect”, sounding both unabashedly crushing whilst remaining clear and distinct.

Perhaps some of the credit could be shared with the mixing off this album, considering how the instruments and vocals seem to harmonize with each other perfectly. There is no dreaded “power struggle” that a lot of metal albums seem to have a problem with. The beginning of “The Ending” does an incredible job proving this, with a sweet balance between thudding drum patterns, tremolos and some rather abrasive, higher-pitch Death metal growls. Pair this balanced heaviness with some well placed atonal melodies, and you have a record that strikes a perfect balance of musical elements all across the board while still retaining a core sound it strictly adheres to.

With all this in mind, Ulsect are hardly rewriting the book on dissonant Death metal. However, they certainly tick all the marks that makes it great. Still, bearing this in mind, it can be hard to distinguish Ulsect from the rather large pool of bands playing in their particular style. This being their first record makes it forgivable that they seem to derive from their former acts as well as bands like Ulcerate and (to a lesser extent) Deathspell Omega, but it still leaves a decent margin for improvement. Until they recognize this, however, we are left with a monolithic slab of Death metal that will satiate the primal desire of anyone who wants something that is relentless, dark, and absolutely punishing.



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butcherboy
May 22nd 2017


1353 Comments


love that album art

kingdedethefifth
May 22nd 2017


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It honestly represents the albums sound really well

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zaruyache
May 22nd 2017


16822 Comments


was getting good ratings on rym so I checked this a while ago. dunno how i feel about it yet tho. ~dissonance

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Evokaphile
May 22nd 2017


3031 Comments


Sounds like id love this

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kingdedethefifth
May 22nd 2017


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah dude honestly imagine a more DM Dodecahedron.

zaruyache
May 22nd 2017


16822 Comments


that was actually what I thought when I first heard it. One guitarist and their drummer are actually in both bands, so it's not surprising to me after just looking it up now.

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2017


9929 Comments


Great review man (:

A few things;

"I’ve always been underneath" - just "under"

"Consisting of well established acts such as Textures and Dodecahedron" - I'd recommend you add "members from" after "of" because I thought you were still referring to the label at that point.

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kingdedethefifth
May 22nd 2017


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah didn't realize that could throw people off. Thanks Scuro

ComeToDaddy
May 22nd 2017


1455 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hell yeah dede, album rules. Sweet review m/ you've been on a rip lately

kingdedethefifth
May 22nd 2017


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks daddy

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2017


1536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yea this thing is pretty good. Having had it for a few months now, I can't say I'm enjoying it as much now as I was initially but there are some killer moments for sure.

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kingdedethefifth
May 22nd 2017


2513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah i'll admit myself that the appeal worse slightly after having had a solid 5 or 6 listens lol

Maco097
May 22nd 2017


2247 Comments


Album's the shit-

Dewinged
May 22nd 2017


3820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review Dedeman, guys from Textures huh, I am def. checking this today.

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trilogique21
May 22nd 2017


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yeah sweet album unveil is my fav here

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Dewinged
May 23rd 2017


3820 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is indeed a storm.

Relinquished
May 23rd 2017


35493 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

so yea the first song at first sounded like texture's answer for obzen after silhouettes then it went all texture's answer for death metal

trilogique21
May 23rd 2017


1003 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

apt actually lol

Essence
May 23rd 2017


5745 Comments


the textures member makes me doubtful

Flugmorph
May 23rd 2017


15844 Comments


might check

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