Darke Complex
Point Oblivion


2.5
average

Review

by lecolumbus USER (8 Reviews)
November 10th, 2016 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Promising nu metal debut, but marred with rapping that can only be described as "in bad taste".

My first exposure to Darke Complex was Anthony Fantano's short Twitter video regarding the music video for "Void" - he said "30 year old me is avoiding this band like the plague, but 15 year old me is seeing them on the second stage of Ozzfest." While I'm not 30 (I'm actually 21), this is somewhat similar to how I feel after seeing the "Void" video. At least that was until the Frankie Palmeri-lookin motherfucker came on screen and started spittin’ some sick lines (that is – sick as in nauseating).

I still hold some fondness for nu metal bands such as Korn, Linkin Park, Deftones, Ill Nino and for the most part this song captures that sound fairly well, even when a lot of modern bands are failing to do so. They got the deep, crunchy guitars, electronic flourishes and those tortured, angsty vocals that speak to the teenager within you. Unfortunately, they also feature the less fondly remembered parts of the genre such as awful rapping and simplistic lyrics.

If you haven’t caught on by now, I’m probably gonna be bringing up the rapping quite a lot in this review. You’ll probably be as sick of it as I was of hearing it by the end of the album, or even during the album. There are actually two rappers on this album, the aforementioned Frankie Palmeri-lookin mofo Moth Tracy and then there’s Okage. Okage isn’t anywhere near as bad as bad as the former but he isn’t great either. But jeez, I wish he was doing all the rapping if there had to be any because every single second of Moth Tracy’s rapping is absolutely horrendous. The tone of his voice is perpetually attempting to come off as angsty and ‘tough’ as possible, and every single syllable is emphasised as much as humanly possible, which only draws more attention to the atrocious, basic lyrics and simplistic rhyme schemes.
An example of some of his lyrics, from the chorus of “Dead to Me”:

“You try to break me with the words you speak / But you're already dead to me
You can't rewrite the history / Cause you're already dead to me
I'm shovelling this debris / From out of my memory
But alone in your misery / Guarantee you'll remember me”

If that doesn’t sound bad in text, believe it, it sounds worse on the track. Okage’s lyrics don’t seem quite as bad but that could be because he employs a much chilled-out flow that doesn’t draw attention to them quite as much. They remind me more of Mike Shinoda rather than Frankie Palmeri or Chris Fronzak, and that’s a very very good thing.

Even though overall the style is very much nu metal, there are some surprises here and there that give the album some variety. The electronic sections aren’t exactly typical of the genre as you’d expect, such as the synth arpeggios on One of Us that are reminiscent of Muse. There’s also two songs that can only be described as trap (yes, seriously), Cold Blooded and Marking Targets. The beats are acceptable but the rapping is still horrendous save for the middle verse on Marking Targets.
The songwriting overall is pretty solid. If you tore out the rapping sections and the two trap tracks, this would be a fairly enjoyable nu metal album. In its current state however, it’s hard to recommend as a whole. There’s a lot of potential for this band and I really want to succeed them. I can only hope that they continue to grow and change like they did from their EP, and that it’s for the better.

Recommended Tracks: Nothing Within, One of Us, Detox, Void, Erase



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lecolumbus
November 10th 2016


164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was torn about whether to give this a 2.5 or 3. Considering our rating system starts at 1 though, I reckon it's about a 50%. As usual, feedback and criticism appreciated and if I made any factual errors, let me know.

oltnabrick
November 10th 2016


36771 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah

Digging: Sun Ra - Jazz in Silhouette

turnip90210
November 11th 2016


423 Comments


I checked out like two tracks from this, I didn't even notice the poor rapping from behind all the other crap that was spectacularly exploding all over the place. I'd imagine that you tend to make your better songs be the record opener and a video single, so I didn't even bother with the rest.

ckypro3
November 11th 2016


182 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

holy shit a review for this

ckypro3
November 11th 2016


182 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

loved the EP, this is a pretty big letdown though. Detox was cool and Wounds has some nice atmosphere.

thewired
November 19th 2016


70 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the clean vocals singer Vincent Void also does a few rap verses, he's surprisingly better than the other two

Snide
December 4th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The rapping is actually great though.

SteveOffProbation
December 5th 2016


1445 Comments


holy why does this exist

Snide
December 5th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Several people with identical or similar musical goals pooled together money to create a musical product that they related to, and wanted other people to hear.

That's why this exists.

SteveOffProbation
December 5th 2016


1445 Comments


calling this musical goal is equivalent to a goal being living in yr parents basement til 50

long story short this is no bueno, genre needs to die already

lecolumbus
December 27th 2016


164 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dunno how you can possibly say the rapping on this is good, let alone even reaching the heights of being "passable". They just really need to stop with that shit.

transgoggle
March 20th 2017


14 Comments


the rapping on this is good. not in and of itself but a good fit for the style they're going for. like why are you listening to nu metal revival if played up aggression is the bad kind of cheesy to you

thewired
May 12th 2017


70 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Yeah what he said, i like cheesy played up aggression, it's nice to listen to in my opinion. It's a matter of taste in the end, but here are the facts, these guys do their job pretty well, they built up the hype properly, they're marketing their image well and the online game they made was on point. They also pull off these very fashionable "costumes" and personas(?). Also the band has stated that despite this being a nu-metal album, they don't plan on venturing too far into the genre, their last album sounded nothing like this. I think pinning these guys down will prove to be a tough task in the coming years.

Hellscythe
May 12th 2017


3684 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"it's a matter of taste but here's the facts"

proceeds to rattle off a series of opinions

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Hellscythe
August 1st 2017


3684 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

everything about it is absolutely miserable

lg433
August 8th 2017


56 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Metalcore and Soundcloud Trap



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