Defeated Sanity
Disposal Of The Dead // Dharmata


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jacquibim STAFF
July 20th, 2016 | 120 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Defeated Sanity's "Split with themselves" is much more than a looking glass into a world of 'what if' scenarios.

From the assault on the senses that was Prelude to The Tragedy to the cleverly veiled technicality of Chapters of Repugnance, Defeated Sanity have never seemed anything less than consummate in their approach to their craft. So, imagine my shock when bassist Jacob Schmidt admitted that melding their influences together has never ceased to be a struggle, often to the detriment of what they’re trying to accomplish. Could’ve fooled me, because their jazz-imbued yet wholly devastating compositions felt so fluid that it made typical transitions from lesser bands feel forced by comparison. Nevertheless, the band’s auto-criticism was well-warranted, being the catalyst in making their newest album such a peculiarity.

Like a solvent split in two, Defeated Sanity’s fifth album juxtaposes their unfettered brutality on one side, Disposal of The Dead, with their less appreciated Floridian influences on the other, Dharmata. As each component is able to exist without compromise, the end creation is simultaneously the heaviest and most progressive thing the band has ever done. The former’s guitar tone could function as infrasonic weaponry, as if axeman Christian Küln is using bridge cables for guitar strings. Even then, he still exhibits plenty of musical pyrotechnics amid all the chromatic slam riffs and bottom string tremolo abuse, but they’re obscured by an omnipresent fog the likes of which only Schmidt’s bass work is able to consistently scythe though. Both “Generosity of The Deceased” and “Suttee” have the bass jumping into higher registers and adding a touch of nuance, but it’s “The Bell” in which it really comes to the fore. As it’s pushed up in the mix, the ambience borders on extra-terrestrial, setting up an unexpectedly smooth segue into the band’s Floridian side.

Dharmata’s title-track bolts out of the gates, totally unfazed at having been preceded by six tracks that effectively ushered in the Richter scale’s obsolescence. Drummer Lille Gruber trades in his popcorn snare for something with a bit more punch, as well as a litter of cymbals and even some temple blocks for jazzy authenticity. It also becomes apparent pretty quickly that Dharmata is Gruber’s idea of heaven, as he weaves his way through topsy-turvy song structures and fusion interludes with a level of precision that would make Sean Reinert blush, probably. Bolstering their jazz leanings a la Cynic – complete with a Tony Teegarden impression from Max Phelps on vocals – might send up a flag or two for some, but the vibe on Dharmata isn’t one of pretentiousness or self-aggrandisement but of fun. You can sense the musicians relishing the challenge they’d been unable to tackle under their brutal death fascia, with grins from ear to ear that you can’t help but mimic as Küln darts from fleet-footed rhythms to flamboyant scales and back.

What is perhaps most impressive is that the package as a whole manages to avoid the qualitative incongruities typical of splits, despite diametrically opposed styles present on each side. Yes, Defeated Sanity have the advantage of being a singular collective, but if anything that just merits further praise given the variety they’ve been able to exert amongst themselves. Disposal of the Dead // Dharmata is much more than a looking glass into a world of ‘what If’ scenarios, it’s a peerless demonstration of resilience from the world’s leading brutal death metal band.




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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2016


3638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2016


3638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh and 100 reviews :D

iloveyouall
July 20th 2016


6319 Comments


turned out exactly as i had anticipated tbh. first half is awesome, second half can fuck off.
want to rate it a 3.5 for the first side, but it'd feel disingenuous, so.

Kusangii
July 20th 2016


2512 Comments


Cool

iloveyouall
July 20th 2016


6319 Comments


good review btw, but there are too many big words for me, so imma have to give you a neg. i mean, "qualitative incongruities typical of splits, despite diametrically opposed," is just too much. this is some brutal death ish, not the justifications for self-determinism in the key of g.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
July 20th 2016


3638 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I tried my best to fit "pulchritudinous" in there somewhere but no luck

brainmelter
July 20th 2016


6726 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the word pulchritudinous

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Deathconscious
July 20th 2016


23254 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

awww fuck yeah m/

Anthracks
July 20th 2016


6337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

aoty for death metal

Digging: Unfathomable Ruination - Enraged & Unbound

Deathconscious
July 21st 2016


23254 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I feel like the two parts should be split up into their own EP's in the database. It makes sense to review them together but they are separate pieces.

p4p
July 21st 2016


1959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

damn the man behind the drum kit is pretty good like reaaaaal good

robotore
July 21st 2016


39 Comments


S'alright

Dizchu
July 21st 2016


287 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That snare sound is absolutely barbaric, I love it.

adr
July 21st 2016


12033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

first thing i'm listening by this band and while i enjoyed the first half, they're just not very good at making Cynic-type dm worship. Some of the jazz-fusion/prog parts on the second half sound like a parody wank. I mean they obviously know what they're doing, but still pretty much all of the songs of the second half have atleast one part that's annoying and needs to stop tbh.

BurntSynapse
July 21st 2016


132 Comments


Sweet write-up, I'll give this a few spins!

Comatorium.
July 21st 2016


4878 Comments


this is really fucking good.

Futures
July 21st 2016


9977 Comments


oh hell fucking yes i need this in my life. good review bud

mindleviticus
July 21st 2016


10048 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

half brutal death half tech death i like i like

Nazzadan
July 21st 2016


2289 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Checking out the rest of their discog first, this band is really solid. Can't wait to get to this

ZippaThaRippa
July 21st 2016


10539 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm still in the first half and it's good. Bass is ridiculous.



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