The Psyke Project
Guillotine


4.5
superb

Review

by Arche USER (89 Reviews)
August 21st, 2016 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An all-obliterating barrage, The Psyke Project's farewell is everything one could want from a hardcore sludge record.

Danish collective The Psyke Project knew how to write a thundering song, and on Guillotine their brand of bouncing hardcore sludge, bearing resemblance to that of Amenra and Time to Burn, wastes no time in making itself known. The first three tracks steamroll through with very few airs and graces, largely courtesy of the swampy, fuzzy riffs of Mikkel Vadstrup Schmidt and Christian Bonnesen. ‘Death Sight’’s stoner swagger splits the more hostile animus of the title track and ‘The End’ perfectly, while Martin Nielskov barely deviates from his spiteful roar (a trait carried throughout Guillotine, tonality being sacrificed somewhat for vitriolic delivery). ‘Empire’ takes a further leaf out of Amenra’s book, the lower pace and more prominent guitar melody yielding slightly less animalistic results than the previous tracks, while still maintaining a massively dense atmosphere.

However, not content with merely adapting another group’s style, the Copenhagen quintet unleash another side upon the listener; a side which, were it human, would never eat with its mouth closed, and would spit stomach acid in the eye of anyone who dared admonish it. While traces of this character can be seen during the first three tracks (in particular ‘The End’), it really comes to the forefront during ‘Partisan’. Best described as ‘four-and-a-half minutes of serious open string abuse’, The Psyke Project somehow pull it off with unsettling aplomb; in what feels like Drop-Z tuning, each chug drags the listener further into the mire, while Nielskov’s growls turn into half-gargles, morphing into the refrain “We pray // For something that will never happen.” ‘Partisan’ isn’t the only time this brazen approach to songwriting raises its ugly head. ‘Ghost Fight’, after charging along on a sea of crusty riffs and D-beats, collapses into a breakdown with some of the most shameless whammy-bar drops ever put to record, and both ‘Good for Nothing’ and ‘Menneske’ combine the aforementioned bouncing energy with some delightfully dark, tar-thick riffs.

Is it big? No. Is it clever? More so than it may at first appear, although Guillotine is still not in any danger of earning any MENSA awards in the near future. However, The Psyke Project have balanced the ever-so-delicate scales between heaviness and variety almost perfectly, and in doing so, create the most fitting swansong for a band of their ilk; venomous it may be, but it’s also, more importantly, an absolute blast. By the time Guillotine reaches its end (which by featuring one of the best riffs in the genre, ‘Menneske’ is more than sufficient a farewell by itself), it’s hard, if not impossible, to have neither headbanged nor grinned like an idiot at least once.



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Archelirion
August 21st 2016


5870 Comments


Many thanks to Mort for helping me get this one finished :] Album is monstrously good fun; as usual, any comments, suggestions and hate mail welcomed. Name-your-price download/stream here:- https://thepsykeproject.bandcamp.com/album/guillotine-full-album-2013

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
August 21st 2016


14566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i like how you reworded it, opening paragraph is much better now, posd

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Archelirion
August 21st 2016


5870 Comments


Thanks mort, kinda played around with it a little and it seemed to work out. Thanks for the initial layout though :3

R6Rider
August 21st 2016


5222 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this rules

Flugmorph
August 21st 2016


21784 Comments


oh now i see why u jammed this on dubtrack hehe

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wacknizzle
August 21st 2016


14525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Nice but please Daikini needs a review! It's their best album

CaimanJesus
August 21st 2016


3762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is this as good as dead storm?

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wacknizzle
August 21st 2016


14525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

It's better

Archelirion
August 21st 2016


5870 Comments


Heard Daikini for the first time today, may very well review it at some point. On first listen alone it's an absolute monster.

wacknizzle
August 21st 2016


14525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I jam it all the time, it's just so damn heavy and addictive

tacos n stuff
August 23rd 2016


3181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is quality af

CaimanJesus
August 23rd 2016


3762 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If anyone hasn't check Eglise

wacknizzle
August 23rd 2016


14525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Eglise rips for sure

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
August 23rd 2016


11741 Comments


Great review, I'll give this a spin asap

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
April 13th 2018


14566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

forgot how much this slaps

DDDeftoneDDD
June 5th 2018


8127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What an entry track. I actually prefer this one over Daikini I think.



Edit: ups sorry I meant Apnea. I thought I heard Daikini but I was wrong gonna check that out soon.

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DDDeftoneDDD
June 19th 2018


8127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck Daikini rules to...great fuckin band

tacos n stuff
June 19th 2018


3181 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

daikini's only flaw is its length tbh, the rest is perf sludgecore goodness

calmrose
October 6th 2018


5227 Comments


this SLAPS, holy shit

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2018


14566 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol calm i would have assumed youd heard this



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