Kardashev
Peripety


4.5
superb

Review

by cloakanddagger USER (13 Reviews)
December 7th, 2016 | 25 replies


Release Date: 10/30/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Peripety is an amazing record, perfectly blending brutality and atmosphere into a unique sound

If recent history has taught me anything about metal, it's that it's rather difficult to sift through a lot of fairly mediocre bands and find a real gem. There certainly are some fantastic bands out there, though, who are willing to test musical boundaries, whether that be boundaries of technicality or the metal genre itself.
Kardashev is a good example of the latter. They are a relatively new project who blend the extremities of death metal with the ambient atmospheres of post rock. Their debut album, Peripety, flows seamlessly as it progresses from track to track, beautifully combining these polarising opposites into a unique sound.
They certainly aren't the first band to attempt to blend these two genres, by any means. I could think of a dozen bands that have done this sound, some successfully too (Aegaeon, Fallujah). However, what stands Kardashev out from these bands is that the atmosphere and the metal are both entwined with one another, rather than the atmosphere being a beneficial addition. On top of that, they do more than simply combine death metal with post-rock. They have taken influences from a wide scope of music and blended it into a well-packaged, seamless debut.

The results are something special. Right from the eerie sound of the introduction you know you're in for a treat, and then track 2, "Sopor", kicks in with absolutely ferocious drumming and black metal-esque screams over the top. This is an album which constantly builds and releases musical tension and seldom disappoints, but the resulting sound is strangely beautiful at the same time. This is perfectly shown in track 3, "Somnus", possibly the best song on the whole album, as well as track 6, "Lucido".

The musicianship on this album is definitely worthy of praise. The album's lyrical concept is very well written and the vocals are also executed extremely well. Whilst mostly consisting of high screams and death metal growls, there are the occasional clean vocals, which are spacey harmonies somewhat reminiscent of those found on Focus by Cynic. There are some well-executed guitar solos here and there (See track 4, "Somnium"), but overall the guitar work never gets too excessively technical. Whilst some may suggest this to be a negative in a progressive death metal album, it works in this album's favour, as it balances out the sound nicely. The bass provides a good foundation for the entire sound and there are some moments where it shines through the guitars, such as on "Aurora" and "Umbra".

Perhaps the only thing that lets this album down slightly is the production. Whilst the guitars, bass and vocals are all produced and mixed very well and are all audible, the drums, whilst being solid, are fairly quiet and sound programmed and artificial. Although a minor gripe, the lack of power behind the drums can sometimes make the album feel a bit guitar-dominated, lacking the full driving force it needs.

Overall, though, Peripety is an outstanding record which perfectly blends brutality and atmosphere into a unique sound. Kardashev is definitely a band to keep an eye on over the next few years, and this is an album to listen to on repeat. It certainly won't get tiresome after a few listens.

Recommended tracks:
Somnus
Somnium
Lucido
Lux



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cloakanddagger
December 7th 2016


205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This album has been out for a while but I realised it didn't have a review and I felt it deserved one, especially given I've listened to it start to finish repeatedly for the past year and I'm still not tired of it.



Also my first review in a while. Uni sucks up all my time.

Moge
December 7th 2016


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Pretty good review, I feel like this album needs a remaster.

Even tho I fucking love the album, the drums do indeed sound a bit quiet.

cloakanddagger
December 7th 2016


205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah to me the drums sound like they've been programmed, potentially using EZDrummer 2. I use that software to program drums for my demos and the kicks always sound weak.

trackbytrackreviews
December 7th 2016


3338 Comments


Something something periphery

MarsKid
December 7th 2016


5604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Periphery V: The Deathcore Years

bloc
December 7th 2016


44247 Comments


Kim Kardashian - Periphery

Digging: Beastmilk - Climax

MarsKid
December 7th 2016


5604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice

Beardog
December 7th 2016


1600 Comments


Yeh the production kills this for me

Nikkolae
December 7th 2016


5184 Comments


guy from work rec'd this for me a while back, pretty solid stuff if nothing else

Digging: Cosmic Church - Ylistys

MarsKid
December 7th 2016


5604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's decent, but nothing to write home about.

Moge
December 7th 2016


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

pls

MarsKid
December 7th 2016


5604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Jam Ascariasis

Moge
December 7th 2016


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Heard of them, doubt it will top this but I'll give them a listen.

MarsKid
December 7th 2016


5604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh it probably won't top this for you, but if you like deathcore with more technicality and overall creativity, it'll be at least a solid 4 no doubt.



I'd rec Shadow of the Colossus but you heard them already, good man.

cloakanddagger
December 8th 2016


205 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

The album wasn't that special to me the first few times I listened to it. I thought it was decent at first, but it definitely grew on me with repeated listens.

MarsKid
December 8th 2016


5604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You need Endgame in your life

Moge
December 8th 2016


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Shadow of the Colossus is reeeeeeaally good, melody in deathcore has never sounded as good as in SOTC.

Did check Ascariasis out, was pretty good yes.

Also to add another good deathcore band, maybe try out Thirteen Bled Promises.

MarsKid
December 8th 2016


5604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ye I know those guys. Crazy Spaniards. Heliopause Fleets > Black Legend fo sure



Shadow of the Colossus is my favorite deathcore album of all time, no contest.

Moge
December 8th 2016


383 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yea Heliopause Fleets for dayz. I really like Black Legend, but the production seemed kind of weak compared to Heliopause.



Anyhow, I should check out Wastewalker soon.

MarsKid
December 8th 2016


5604 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The songwriting on BL sounds not as varied and it all blends together. I thought HF had some more ingenuity to it. At the very least, both are very very heavy.



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