Inanimate Existence
Calling from a Dream


2.0
poor

Review

by Gameofmetal EMERITUS
October 13th, 2016 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Squandered potential.

I’d call Inanimate Existence’s latest “opus” Calling From A Dream a fall from grace if their previous output was more impressive. That’s not meant as a slight necessarily, much as it may sound like one. The Bay Area outfit has had a respectable, short career thus far. Their debut Liberation Through Hearing was solid, if overlong, and certainly A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement impressed as a nearly relentless slab of technical death metal, while subtly revealing more ambitious ideas than just raw aggression. Neither of these releases truly wowed however, and the word that comes to mind here is “baffling”. Calling From A Dream is a sharp turn after A Never-Ending Cycle of Atonement, full of change and ambition that should feel refreshing. Yet that ambition results only in a dilution of everything that worked on its predecessor, mixed with new ideas that are only new in the regard that Inanimate Existence wasn’t doing them already.

Even the first moments of the title track, and opener, feel off. There’s some passable ambience to build an atmosphere, the mainstay of progressive music in the 2010s as much as technicality is, followed by female crooning that feels somehow misplaced in the mix. When the instruments come in, the most noticeable bit is an exceptional recreation of Fallujah’s trademark melodic vibrato. Throw in some absurdly fruity prog transitions, a touch of halfhearted Cynic worship here and there, downtuned chuggery to placehold every actual riff, and an absurd overuse of said female crooning and you have Calling From A Dream in a nutshell. There’s variation here to be fair. Well, somewhere. The few interesting moments mostly crop up buried in slabs of grey, lazy writing that prevents anyone from properly retaining it. It’s obvious they had a lot of ideas for this release, which is respectable, but most of them are lifted from other artists or presented as shadows of their former selves. An abysmally thin and soft production job is like the rotten cherry on top of a package that seems to be falling apart before you have a chance to open it. And it’s all a shame really. Inanimate Existence hadn’t reached any truly lofty position in modern death metal yet, but that’s kind of what hurts most about this. Because they had potential, but squandered it plain and simple.



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Gameofmetal
Emeritus
October 13th 2016


10746 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

album made me sad



supposed to be up on Sach' webzine, will edit in the link when it's up

PortalofPerfection
October 13th 2016


1991 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Didn't think their first album was anything special. But yeah this is like...some of the most overproduced, hollow-sounding wank I've heard since...



Fallujah's last album.

brainmelter
October 13th 2016


6923 Comments


how disappointing, I have been hearing around this isnt too good :c

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Gameofmetal
Emeritus
October 13th 2016


10746 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Fallujah's last album"



Log off before i verbally abuse you

Kusangii
October 13th 2016


2620 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Nice review, the direction this band has taken is a huge disappointment :/

DivergentThinking
October 13th 2016


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The generic chugging is what really annoys me about this album... it feels like Inanimate Existence wanted to show everyone their take on djent music, and just kinda ended up with a mish-mash between Periphery, Fallujah, The Faceless, Cynic, and a bunch of other bands without really finding their sound. Nice review, by the way.

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2016


3755 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

It's fucking awesome! some people just can't handle experimental and more unique music.

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bloc
October 13th 2016


60221 Comments


Agreed, this was really disappointing.

Previous album was much stronger.

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
October 14th 2016


10746 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

https://expressions-of-interest.com/2016/10/14/inanimate-existence-calling-from-a-dream/



btw review is up on sach's zine if anyone wants to read it on an edgy pink background

iloveyouall
October 14th 2016


6319 Comments


if you're gonna sell it like that, you better expect the belt

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
October 14th 2016


10746 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

uh i meant soothing pink background that inspires thought and creative thinking

dvd0bvb
October 14th 2016


68 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm glad I'm not the only one who got Fallujah vibes from this. The girl sounded terrible for the most part.

evilford
October 14th 2016


43267 Comments


last album was p wanky. prob won't check this.

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Gameofmetal
Emeritus
October 14th 2016


10746 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yea you'll prob 1 this tbh

mindleviticus
October 22nd 2016


10099 Comments


I thought some of the ideas they explored were interesting but it was messy and not well thought out to fit their established sound. It's like they said fuck it and decided to do whatever they felt like which is admirable but they don't pull it off well enough for any ideas to really stick. Also the female vocals suck and some riffs and structures fall really really flat.

Plus, what's with some of the instruments they put on here? Are we in grade 6 band class?

Great review though.


necropig
November 22nd 2016


5994 Comments


Never listened to these guys but wow, that nose dive o.O

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Insurrection
November 22nd 2016


24736 Comments


jeez i didn't even know this existed. it must be pretty bad

Kusangii
November 22nd 2016


2620 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

It's rly bad yeah, last album was sick though

necropig
November 22nd 2016


5994 Comments


Fuck. Bummer then

DatBeefPudding
February 25th 2017


1933 Comments


"Fallujah's last album"



Log off before i verbally abuse you [2]

also this sounds bad so i guess i won't bother



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