Warp Chamber
Implements of Excruciation


4.0
excellent

Review

by Arche USER (94 Reviews)
March 30th, 2020 | 36 replies


Release Date: 03/27/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Short and dirty, 'Implements...' modernises the 90s Finnish death metal scene - a bit.

Considering that Warp Chamber find themselves in the small yet extremely high quality subset of sci-fi death metal, the Pacific Northwest band simply add another layer of doubt in whether the style (which honestly, may or may not exist outside the minds of pathological categorisers like me) even has a set sound to draw from. Its main point of connection to bands such as Tomb Mold, Wormed, Blood Incantation et al are the practically indecipherable vocals, which to their credit do sound like the birthing throes of some subterranean, writhing mass outside the comprehension of human biologists – a damp gurgle occasionally breaching out into a spewing yell or a short, sharp shriek. Do these vocals contain a connection to the sci-fi genre lyrically? Who knows. They sound like no words I know. Outside this, and the fantastically gory ‘living spaceship’ art that adorns its cover, there’s really not a lot that would give it away as having any leanings towards science fiction whatsoever.

What it is, at least ostensibly, is a murky, chunky dive into the Finnish death metal style championed by Convulsed, Abhorrent and Depravity in the first half of the 1990s. Solos are short and scarce, serving as only the shortest relief from the otherwise barrelling walls of distortion, cymbals and omnipresent gurgles which take up most its neatly packaged half-hour of runtime. While a solid portion of the riffs on show are fairly standard oldschool fare, they’re interspersed effectively between sections of driving hardcore chugs (around the two-minute mark of opener ‘Abdication of the Mind’ is undoubtedly designed more for the pit than extraterrestrial musings) and occasional forays into death-doom climes. Regular changes of sway and rhythm keep tracks bubbling over long enough that Implements of Excruciation isn’t ever a boring listen if you’re a fan of the seemingly never-ending wash of OSDM revivalism, although detractors of the field may find themselves growing weary by the end. Ironically, the most individual track is the one which notably draws on a single influence; closer ‘Exultant In Chthonic Blasphemy’ draws on Finland’s perhaps most iconic death export, Demilich, by virtue of its serpentine riffs and laissez-faire attitude to when sections start and end. Nevertheless, it’s not so much a complete aping as a successful synthesis of more ‘conventional’ Finnish fare and a style which has very little similarity to anything else. That’s more what Implements... is – Warp Chamber taking the bassy, muddy soup of old and livening it up with whatever they see fit, be it big-stepping, tough guy chugs or angular melody. The sci-fi stuff? Window dressing. That artwork is sick, though.



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Archelirion
March 30th 2020


6053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://profoundlorerecords.bandcamp.com/album/implements-of-excruciation



Rips. Finnish death metal is my favourite branch of the oldschool stuff so this is a lot of fun. Hello Sputnik btw, happy new year! Hope you're all staying safe and well, where possible.

Deathconscious
March 30th 2020


24645 Comments


I didnt get through the whole thing, but what i heard was solid but less dynamic than i like this kind of death metal to be. Ill probably come back and finish it eventually.

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Archelirion
March 30th 2020


6053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think that it switches up what it does pretty well, but I'd agree that its biggest downside is its relative lack of actual dynamics. It's heavy and heavy and heavy, which suits me fine, though I'm glad they kept it trimmed to about half an hour as I think another 10-15 minutes would have gotten into 'too much' territory.

NightOnDrunkMountain
March 30th 2020


138 Comments


Listened to this once, after a few more listens i will have an opinion. Nice that it got reviewed.

parksungjoon
March 30th 2020


19780 Comments


YES! A new Arche LILlirlrilrirlroioriornoirlnonn metal review!


cant believe im the first to pos, you should all be ashamed of yourselves

gonna check this band soon

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dedex
March 30th 2020


3069 Comments


Damn neatly written man!

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Archelirion
March 30th 2020


6053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I find it increasingly hard to review metal (as is almost certainly evident) cos all i do is talk about how the riffs are sweet



but the riffs are sweet



cheers park ya beaut ^-^

Archelirion
March 30th 2020


6053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you too dedex ^-^

parksungjoon
March 30th 2020


19780 Comments


i find myself increasingly hard the more i talk to you

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 30th 2020


11217 Comments


You're able to describe things very well here my man. Give yourself some deserved credit!

Nice and concise write-up, take a pos. Welcome back to writing

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Archelirion
March 30th 2020


6053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@mars: thanks my dude, means a lot :] I'm going to try and get through a few before I inevitably bow out again for several months, especially as I'm effectively a neet right now lol.



@park: u 2 bbz :*

parksungjoon
March 30th 2020


19780 Comments


do it and also dont bow out

necropig
March 30th 2020


6052 Comments


Ah shit my nibba. Nice to see this

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bloc
March 30th 2020


61051 Comments


Awesome art will check this. And any time I see a band or album with the word "warp" in it it reminds me of Super Mario Bros which is nice too

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necropig
March 30th 2020


6052 Comments


Lots of mario news out today

Archelirion
March 30th 2020


6053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah the art is something else. Got that kinda late 80s/early 90s DIY thing going on which is so fuckin cool. Maybe wouldn't have said it was classically dm as opposed to maybe hardcore or thrash but sod it, it's cool.

Deathconscious
March 30th 2020


24645 Comments


I can hardly tell what the hell is going on in it.

oltnabrick
March 30th 2020


39349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this was neat

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Wizard
March 30th 2020


20288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didnt get through the whole thing, but what i heard was solid but less dynamic than i like this kind of death metal to be. Ill probably come back and finish it eventually.



Listen again, there's lots of changeups on this.

parksungjoon
March 31st 2020


19780 Comments


oh shit wizard lives



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