The Last Ten Seconds Of Life
Machina Non Grata


3.0
good

Review

by Mason USER (58 Reviews)
January 13th, 2019 | 8 replies


Release Date: 01/11/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There's some fun to be had here, even though it lacks replay value.

Deathcore has undergone a bit of an upheaval in recent memory. While bands like Chelsea Grin chose to stay with their tried-and-true, chug-heavy writing formula, and acts like Infant Annihilator stuck with what they knew - excessive wankery under the guise of technicality - there has been an influx of new life injected into the genre. Slight as that influx may be, such examples of this new life are bands like Shadow of Intent, who while proficient musically aren’t overbearing about it to a fault. American deathcore quartet The Last Ten Seconds of Life haven’t quite caught up with them yet, but perhaps that’s not a major issue; Machina Non Grata is a decent release nonetheless, with a few curveballs thrown in the mix.

Despite what the band does right, the opening stretch of “Glory” and “Sweet Chin Music” could easily be skipped; both are standard, chuggy tracks that hearken back to the likes of Soulless Hymns combined with the last Chelsea Grin album. “Psychophrenia” is where the album truly gets going, chugging along similarly to the tracks that precede it while combining it with slightly more engaging instrumentation, most notably thanks to drummer David Boughter’s contributions to the song. “These Guns Are Made for Shootin’” and “Tsavo” operate in a similar manner; while not groundbreaking, it’s easy to understand their appeal. Most of this album’s fun is short-lived, a fairly standard occurrence for a deathcore album in this tier. Regardless, there’s plenty to enjoy early on if you’re into this style of music.

While the majority of the album is standard downtempo-driven deathcore, I would be doing you, the reader, a disservice by not mentioning the few curveballs that Machina Non Grata has in its bag of tricks. “Aphrodite” and “Soul Erased” in particular feature a light amount of clean vocals, which is a rarity in the genre. Unlike other efforts from deathcore bands over the past few years, notably Suicide Silence, this addition is tastefully implemented, steering clear from the “teehee”’s that were memed incessantly since “Doris” was released in the middle of 2017. Closer “Machina Non Grata” is undoubtedly the star of the show on this album, albeit a tad unrefined; at five minutes and forty-eight seconds in length, the band is seen building up a serene atmosphere only to transition it into their usual chug-heavy writing halfway through.

I don’t foresee this making many “album of the year” lists, as despite its occasional curveballs and more engaging moments, this is still a standard, by-the-numbers deathcore album. The Last Ten Seconds of Life has never been a top-tier band even by the standards of the genre they’ve worked within for the past near-decade. Even with that being said, there’s plenty of cheap thrills to be had here; this album is still a solid heavy affair, despite variation and dynamics being sparse. Vocalist John Robert C. has a powerful timbre even if he’s no Greg Puciato in terms of overall versatility. The album is fun for the first few listens, even if it’s short-lived. There’s enough here to satisfy fans of the band and of the genre in question, it’s just not the type of album that can stack up against the likes of last year’s Samsara from The Breathing Process. And that’s okay.



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veninblazer
January 13th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Figured this could use a review. Deathcore certainly isn't my strong suit, but I was able to find some positives about this.

Ninjahague
January 13th 2019


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you need to listen to more deathcore if the bands your bringing up for comparison are chelsea grin, Halo the band and IA.

Ninjahague
January 13th 2019


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but like the snide inside of you undoubtedly have good writing skills

veninblazer
January 13th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Ninja: I'll never claim to be an expert on the genre, but I think the issue for me is the style itself just isn't my cup of tea. I know it sounds closed-minded, but throwing me a list of a hundred deep cuts in a genre that's just intrinsically not my thing feels like a waste of time to me. Especially since I'd much rather spend my time in other genres anyway.

But thanks for the compliment on my writing skills.

karpatfalvi
January 13th 2019


29 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree with you completely, this is pretty mediocre, but at moments, really entertaining. Cool background music

veninblazer
January 13th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, there's a few standouts but it's mostly eh.

joshuahuntkc
January 15th 2019


1868 Comments


I really dig this band but I don't dig the direction they're going/ I think what they had on Invivo and Souless Hymns was fairly unique and great metal music but the last couple have slowly gotten more stagnant. I like it well enough but I dont think itll have much replay value

veninblazer
January 15th 2019


10076 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Josh: Fair enough, I remember not even being too hot on Soulless Hymns in my deathcore phase though so this is an interesting shift.



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