Realm
Suiciety


4.5
superb

Review

by DePlazz USER (7 Reviews)
March 24th, 2017 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Realm’s short but supreme rule consolidated and rounded up in 45 minutes of superior thrash.

When a band’s sophomore effort maintains the fervor, atmosphere and creative energy of its predecessor without being a copy of it, one possible albeit superficial reason to have it scored slightly less would be that it formally came second and thus lacks the magical ‘this one came first’ quality of the formidable debut. Comparing Realm’s 1990 opus Suiciety to Endless War that was released two years earlier, the critical ear may detect a somewhat clearer production with the bass notably higher in the mix, which is by no means a bad thing as it gives Steve Post’s playing its due as an emphatic complement to the ferocious guitar riffs (if you want almost tangible bass runs and chords slapping you gently but decidedly across the face, just listen to Final Solution or Cain Rose Up – or any other track for that matter). Overall, Suiciety seems to take a slight technical and progressive edge over Endless War. Cataclysmic sound effects and sci-fi samples add to an ominous atmosphere in several instances (Energetic Discontent, Gateway, title track), while lyrical content takes a more mature angle on the human condition, alienation, societal and psychological discontent (the tragicomical but otherwise outstanding track Dick forming the only exception in this regard). Other than that, it is exceedingly hard not to just reiterate all of the positive criticism that holds for Endless War. And indeed, just as both albums can be enjoyed together perfectly, played one after the other in the same stretch or loop, it makes good sense to assess them as two sides of the same coin, that is, as two equally creditable offerings of a band at the peak of their game in the late 1980s.

Composition and instrumentation remain top notch throughout as Suiciety continues to showcase Realm’s talent for effortlessly combining intelligent design, technical prowess and catchiness in a variety of ways, whether from the merciless onslaught of Final Solution to the epic desperation of Knee Deep In Blood (incidentally two tracks that were already part of the band’s repertoire before Endless War came out), or from the surprisingly effective group shouts/choruses in Energetic Discontent and Gateway to the menacing tempo switches of Fragile Earth and La Flamme’s Theory. Several tracks, however, add peeks and flashes of further creative experimentation that indicate how Realm at this point had only just started tapping the well of inspiration. The Brainchild, for instance, apart from containing some of the mightiest shrieking in metal, within its thrash framework seamlessly subsumes and welds together mid-paced melodic hard rock, Beatles-influenced vocal harmonies (think She’s So Heavy and Because on Abbey Road, with a hint of Watchtower’s Fall Of Reason), clever leads, and the kind of fast-paced, higher-register riffing that will help to make up Vektor’s trademark style almost two decades later. Significantly perhaps, whereas Endless War opened with the eponymous track, title track Suiciety is in its rightful spot to close this album: being the more eclectic and conceptual song, it represents an apt and thought-provoking round-up of where the band stood – and, sadly, were left standing – musically at the time.



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DePlazz
March 24th 2017


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

So there. Had to do this, deserves a thread as much as Endless War does.

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DePlazz
March 24th 2017


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Also, the band page seems to have gone broke or offline. Can someone fix this?

bloc
March 24th 2017


55423 Comments


Haven't heard this one yet

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 24th 2017


8322 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also, the band page seems to have gone broke or offline



I see it as well and it is legitimately weird, I reported to the Bug Report thread, hopefully it will be fixed.

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bloc
March 24th 2017


55423 Comments


I've seen it happen on other artist pages too

ChaoticVortex
March 24th 2017


777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sadly relevant review, one of the guitarists Paul Laganowski just passed away:



http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-realm-guitarist-paul-laganowski-dies-after-battle-with-pancreatic-cancer/



R.I.P. hard. Great album.

DePlazz
March 24th 2017


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Wtf. R.I.P. A great player!

DePlazz
March 27th 2017


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Album's superb in its own right, review doesn't do it justice in that respect. Might add a small paragraph later to make it stand more on its own.

DePlazz
April 17th 2017


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Energetic discontent

A screw is loose, my miiiiiiiiiiiiind is bent

E-NER-GE-TIC DIS-CON-TENT

evilford
April 17th 2017


42100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

glad this got a review.

DePlazz
April 17th 2017


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Supreme thrasher in its own right, in fact. It's just really hard to review this separately from Endless War and not reiterate most of the stuff I said there...

evilford
April 17th 2017


42100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah great band

StrikeOfTheBeast
April 17th 2017


6901 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Terrific album and band

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deeplydisturbd
October 28th 2017


60 Comments


woah this album is fucking bad ass.. I'm getting Anthrax vibes, but on progged up on crack lol

necropig
January 2nd 2018


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why have I never heard of this band, fs.

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DePlazz
January 2nd 2018


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Never too late

necropig
January 2nd 2018


5352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Straight on it

Casavir
October 11th 2018


3452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bumped this to a 4.5.

DePlazz
October 12th 2018


1408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Superb record, I love listening to it together with Endless War, they're like two sides of the same album to me.

Casavir
October 12th 2018


3452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, it's honestly ridiculous how great this band was.



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