Undeath
Lesions of a Different Kind


4.0
excellent

Review

by Fernando Alves CONTRIBUTOR (78 Reviews)
October 25th, 2020 | 90 replies


Release Date: 10/23/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Here's my fucking axe

"Here's my ***ing axe"

When a message of this kind serves as an introduction to a death metal album, we know perfectly what to expect, don't we? This warm welcome not only sets the tone for the band's tagline, "skull crushing death metal", but also serves as inspiration for the album artwork, created by drummer Matt Browning. This rather peculiar naive artistry seems to convey the idea that nature will strike back in the most cruel way possible. At least that's my understanding, which although obviously subjective, seems to me a plausible interpretation. If I missed the point, I apologize to Matt, but this idea seemed interesting since it mirrors some kind of revenge of a humanized nature against a disrespectful human species. A rather up-to-date concept, I might say.

Going back to the band's tagline I mentioned above, it brings together a number of influences that orbit old-school death metal, ranging from Cannibal Corpse, Incantation, and Bolt Thrower to the Finnish scene of the early nineties, as well as more recent references such as Tomb Mold or Blood Incantation. This panoply of influences, although common to many bands within the genre, reveals an intrinsic taste for visceral aesthetics that leads to the murkier side of death metal. Of this cavernous formula, the Cannibal Corpse ingredient is perhaps the one that is most surprising and contrasting, as it is not very common in a style unaccustomed to more straightforward approaches. The opener 'Suitably Hacked to Gore', or the title track, are both examples of this unexpected intrusion. Nevertheless, this more contrasting tonality is diluted into a broader spectrum, making it a natural part of the composition.

Lesions of a Different Kind moves mostly between mid-paced tempos, thus refusing to give in to the massive use of blast beats, so common in the genre. This approach inevitably confers a greater focus on detail and each riff's personality, which thus assumes a leading role in the dynamics of each song. The title track, 'Acidic Twilight Visions', and 'Phantasmal Festering' are the ultimate exponents of this riff-centered approach. The Bolt Thrower-esque doom tempos in songs such as 'Shackles of Sanity' or 'Chained to a Reeking Rotted Body' are also a relevant pattern on the album, with the latter featuring an interesting Adramelech-like ending. This restrained dynamic is maybe the main aspect of the band's personality, being transversal to the ten songs. Which leads me to think that the "skull crushing death metal" trademark that the band so proudly boasts, ends up materializing in an almost antagonistic way throughout the album.

Sound engineering also plays a central role in Lesions of a Different Kind as it enhances the band's sound by providing it with the proper murky layer without overly dirtying its contents. This slightly polished approach allows the band's character to manifest itself at the maximum amplitude, not getting stuck in some atmospheric corner or echo room. The production also benefits the musical performances, in which I would highlight Kyle Beam's inspired riffs and Alex Joseph's strong gutturals, who thus have a suitable space to express themselves freely. The bass, although shy, sneaks in occasionally, supporting Matt Browning's solid drumming. This absence is mainly because the band has worked as a power trio, without a bass player, until now. Something that should be reassessed if the band wants to take a step forward in the rhythm section department.

Despite its familiar stylistic approach, Lesions of a Different Kind is a rather promising beginning. It's the powerful debut of a newly born creature with an insatiable hunger for slaughter. And if one axe can be responsible for all this killing, I don't even want to imagine what these lads will be able to do with greater maturity and a wider arsenal.



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TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2020


15280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of this year's good death metal albums.



Full stream:

http://undeath.bandcamp.com/album/lesions-of-a-different-kind



LIVE FROM HELL:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISASlFjBoeM

Recorded live in the basement during Quarantine.

Includes: Enhancing the Dead, Phantasmal Festering, Suitably Hacked to Gore, Shackles of Sanity and Lesions of a Different Kind

Digging: Akhlys - Melinoë

slikphuk
October 25th 2020


513 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review once again man, I've been anxious for this release for sometime. This year has been amazing for death metal.

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Feather
October 25th 2020


6284 Comments


Somehow I mistook this for a new underoath album review

Digging: Seahaven - Halo of Hurt

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2020


15280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks slikphuk. Yeah, it has been a great year for death metal. Hyped for the new Of Feather and Bone that's coming up in November.

ShadowRemains
October 25th 2020


25946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

album fucking rules, borderline 4/4.5 rn

i think my one complaint (or more a request) would be for a few more lead/solo sections in subsequent work, but the riffs are so damn good it doesn’t matter that much, there’s even a few catchy vocal parts here and there

botb
October 25th 2020


14140 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

knew this was gonna slap

bloc
October 25th 2020


64138 Comments


Really good stuff, glad I clicked on that news article a few weeks ago

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bloc
October 25th 2020


64138 Comments


"Somehow I mistook this for a new underoath album review"

lol I keep seeing it too. But then again, the 2 band names are just an "ro" away from each other

ShadowRemains
October 25th 2020


25946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

kicked in the protruding guts is such a veritable riff salad

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2020


15280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, album is riff-centered which is always a cool thing. The vocals are also great.

ShadowRemains
October 25th 2020


25946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

a bit of a punchier sound to the kick drum ala sentient autolysis might also be a recommendation for their next stuff

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
October 25th 2020


15280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the production, everything seems to be in the right place, neither too dirty nor too clean. I just wish the guys had a more present bass.

Scoot
October 25th 2020


20260 Comments


underoath
unearth
undeath


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evilford
October 26th 2020


46673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So yeah this rules. Who could have seen that coming? Heh

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2020


12976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely lived up to the early singles

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2020


15280 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Entranced by the Pendulum' official video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTP-Vl2nsmg

Shadowmire
October 26th 2020


6490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

trying this now. kinda wanna put the t/t inside me

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2020


26122 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just got back from vacation and I'm hoping this takes the sting out of having to work a 10 hour shift today

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Shadowmire
October 26th 2020


6490 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it totally should

also: the bass is really clear to me basically at all times on this record. really sounds quite good

bloc
October 26th 2020


64138 Comments


God damn the vocals in that single are so good



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