Master
On the Seventh Day God Created.... Master


4.0
excellent

Review

by Spaten USER (8 Reviews)
July 12th, 2017 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A late exploration of extreme metal's roots

Although Paul Speckmann, front man and main creative force of Chicago's Death Metal bands Master, Death Strike and Abomination, had been present to influence the genre at its very inception, fans had to wait until 1990 before they would finally be able to listen Master's self-titled debut album. On their sophomore release from 1991, On the Seventh Day God Created.... Master, the band is exploring possible trails that the Death Metal genre could have traveled, had the influence of hardcore punk been the main guiding force during its early days.

Over the course of its life time, Heavy Metal has adapted elements from a great variety of other musical styles. When it comes to extreme metal in particular, few other genres have left as many finger prints as the harcore punk from the early eighties. While time may have blurred many of these finger prints, as Death Metal's song architectures became more elaborate and musicianship more adept, they are still fully preserved on Master's body of work and left for the listener to examine, hinting at alternative trajectories for the developement of the genre. While not quite as prevalent as on Speckmann's earlier works, this impact of hardcore punk still clearly manifests itself here at multiple levels of analysis. From the lyrical content, that contains more sociocritical elements than is usual for Death Metal, and the drumming that is reduced to a mere supportive function, by providing a stable rhythmic background with little freedom to actively shape the music, to the guitars, that supply the basic building blocks for the songs in form of riffs, that usually consist of simple power chord arrangements or fast tremolo-picked passages. Occasionally, a harmonized melody or a guitar solo emerges from the chaos of raging riffs, that embellishes the music with a certain sense of grandeur, distinguishing it from its hardcore punk roots. The guitar-playing is provided by Paul Masvidal, who is more well known as Cynic's guitarist and for playing on Death's Human. Despite the obvious differences between the aforementioned bands and Master, Masvidal fits right in and masterfully serves the music throughout the whole album.

This results in a release, that isn't nearly as sinister or terrifying as most Death Metal from the same era. It much rather appears to be inspired by a sense of primal rage with some epic sentiments thrown in. As such, it is much more akin to the Swedish style of Death Metal (which, by the way, also drew much more heavily from hardcore punk) than the American one.

However, some criticism is due regarding the inclusion of the silly 'America The Pitiful', a mockery of the traditional song 'America The Beautiful', which feels totally out of place. Sometimes, the vocals can also get tiresome, especially when they just keep stubbornly following the dominant guitar rhythm. All things considered, this is definitely a worthwhile release, though, even if it cannot be counted among the very best the genre has to offer. If you enjoy hardcore punk or would like to know what the genre might have ended up sounding like, had its influence remained more prevalent, then this is the Death Metal record you want to listen to.



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Spaten
July 12th 2017


235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Figured this should have a review

Archelirion
July 13th 2017


6594 Comments


So this is kinda Swedeath minus some of that filthy af distortion? I'll give it a peep. Decent review fella, pos'd

Koris
Staff Reviewer
July 13th 2017


21170 Comments


Nice write-up. I'm really surprised this never got a review yet

parksungjoon
July 13th 2017


47235 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

[2]

Spaten
September 17th 2017


235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This one is definitely a grower for me. Gets more fun with time.

DikkoZinner
June 18th 2019


5368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rules

Thalassic
June 24th 2020


5738 Comments


Most will probably tell me how wrong I am, but the s/t debut goes just a tad harder

parksungjoon
July 27th 2020


47235 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thats funny cuz they would be the wrong ones!



the debut is def better

LaughingSkull
March 21st 2021


860 Comments


hey, Spaten!

I see you've finally replied to my comment on your profile, but I must have missed it. Any other handles than "Spaten" that you've operated under on Bnet? For example, DaKewL ? :D

combustion07
February 17th 2023


12822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Old Master is pretty damn simple but still sick

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
July 19th 2023


26044 Comments


MANY BODY PARTS ARE FROZEN SIMPLY JUST A WASTE OF LIFE

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2023


18936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

New track:

http://youtu.be/ToPSmILf15Q?si



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