Dehumanizing Itatrain Worship
μ'sick


3.5
great

Review

by metalhead2425 USER (5 Reviews)
May 28th, 2019 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: *DUN* *DUN* *DUN* *DUN* BREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

Hailing from the oh-so-metal country of China, Dehumanizing Itatrain Worship are a three-piece “slamming” brutal death metal band that set out to combine death metal with tracks taken from the anime Love Live! School Idol Project. Due to this absurd concept and their guro inspired artwork, the band received quite a bit of attention back in 2017 when their only EP, μ'sick was streamed on the metal Youtube channel, Slam Worldwide. The album currently has around 500K views on Youtube and is said by many to be one of the better slam releases of 2016 (or 2017 since that’s when it went viral).

Clocking in at around 23 minutes, μ'sick is an extremely quick listen. Right from the start of the EP, the track “Intro” begins with blast beats accompanied by a fast guitar riff before leading into a guitar sweep and then a slam riff. The abrupt start of the album lets the listener know right off the bat that, despite the absurd concept, Dehumanizing Itatrain Worship aren’t ***ing around when it comes to brutality. This kind of riffage continues as the intro track leads into a solo before fading into the first real song on the album, “Brutal Rush”. “Brutal Rush” starts immediately with the singer, Kiryu Zhang, performing a loud pig squeal over blast beats and some fairly technical death metal riffing. After this, the album once again slows down for slams as the vocalist begins growling what I assume are the lyrics to the Love Live! song that this is a “cover” of. The song continues on with slower double bass parts and lightning fast blast beats before fading into a sample of characters from the anime talking. The rest of the songs on the album follow this kind of structure, occasionally working in melodies from the show’s songs. An example of this can be seen in the song “僕らのSLAM 君とのSLAUGHTER” which does this in the very beginning by copying the intro melody from the Love Live! song “Bokura no LIVE Kimi to no LIFE” before abruptly shifting into a blast beat and death metal riff.

Despite being somewhat of a joke band, the musicianship on μ'sick is actually very tight and, at times, fairly complex. Information on the albums lineup is a bit tricky to come by since the band is banned from Metal Archives, but inside of the booklet, there are two people credited for guitar/bass work. One goes by the name Senjougahara Yousei and the other goes by Nibiru666 which sounds like a username. I am not sure of how much either member contributed to the album, but the guitar playing on μ'sick is excellent throughout. The band has a tendency to use a decent amount of sweeps and solos that are both pretty tightly executed. The riffs on the album are also quite heavy and memorable, with lots of variety between fast death metal riffs and slower slam parts. The vocalist on the album, Kiryu Zhang, also contributes a lot to the bands overall sound, which can be a good or bad thing depending on personal taste. Unlike many brutal death metal vocalists, Zhang’s vocals are often at a pretty high pitch, as he often executes very intense shrieks and pig squeals. As a result, listeners who do not like these kinds of vocals will find them to be very grating, as he stays in this register for most of the songs. Aside from the shrieking, Zhang’s vocals get lower at times when he is growling the lyrics to the songs and these are also executed quite well. As far as the production itself is concerned, μ'sick sounds surprisingly good production wise for such an underground release. The programmed drums on the album sound authentic and never play anything a metal drummer couldn’t, the vocals are mixed very well, and the both the guitars and bass have a nice punch to them.

Overall, Dehumanizing Itatrain Worship do an excellent job on this EP of writing fun death metal music. The album never takes itself too seriously and judging from the absurdity of the vocals and the actual music, it seems to me like the band just had a lot of fun making it. If you like brutal death metal and/or anime, this is definitely one to check out.


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metalhead2425
May 27th 2019


189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Got bored so I decided to review this. Album is pretty fun if you want to throw on something loud and stupid. As always, if there are any issues with the review let me know. I'll fix them.

sixdegrees
May 27th 2019


6356 Comments


read this as Dehumanizing Italian Worship I wont lie


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JohnnyoftheWell
Contributing Reviewer
May 27th 2019


14525 Comments


This sounds like a fun meme, will check it tomorrow
Pos pos pos train

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metalhead2425
May 27th 2019


189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man!

blou52
May 27th 2019


96 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Too many breees for meee. Still pretty damn fun though

metalhead2425
May 27th 2019


189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I can see that becoming a problem for some people. For me they add to the fun though.

Ninjahague
May 28th 2019


1278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

album is absolutely fuckin nuts

metalhead2425
May 28th 2019


189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed. The vocals especially

CaptainDooRight
May 28th 2019


4085 Comments


that art 🖼

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metalhead2425
May 29th 2019


189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it’s pretty wicked

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
May 30th 2019


897 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I remember listening to this a couple years back and not thinking much of it, but this actually kicks some decent ass



LOVE that intro to death

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metalhead2425
May 30th 2019


189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The intro is crazy for sure. So many good riffs

foxblood
May 30th 2019


9619 Comments


Well, I guess I have to check this out..

metalhead2425
June 14th 2019


189 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's worth a look at least. Seems pretty love it or hate it to me though

Ninjahague
June 15th 2019


1278 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

instrumentally album is top tier slam if you can enjoy the vocals



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