Review Summary: cancer sucks, good dm doesnt m/

It’s like a big ol’ safety net for the reaper; if nothing else gets to you first cancer will make sure to murk you properly and send you beneath the clay. Whatever combination of genetic predisposition, environmental factors and the wear and tear of old age all lead to the accumulations of errors in the cell division process until the shit starts growing uncontrollably and eventually begins to disrupt other things in the body. The end is something we all have to reckon with eventually, no matter how hard or bitterly we fight and writhe and cry in our feeble attempts to outrun it. But the sickening, insidious, despondent truth about cancer and about life in general is that it can always strike no matter how prepared or cautious you think you’ve been, no matter how old or young or healthy. No matter how deep they try to hide their head in the sand and make up justifications for how the world is somehow just and fair in some intangible way, chaos and entropy don’t give the slightest slime-ridden fuck about anything, and we can all lose anything and everything without a moment’s notice, even those closest and most important to us, those who have taught us everything… Too many I’ve cared about I’ve seen claimed by cancer, and I’ll likely be seeing more, and I’ll be lucky if I do, because at least I’ll still be here to carry their memory… what a cruel joke.

We can’t control what life throws at us no matter how much we regret and cry and seethe about it, all we can control is how we react, and maybe hedge our bets a little here and there. People have many faults but at least we have the potential to learn, adapt, grow, carry on, find meaning… although it is not always trivial to tap into it. And if cancer turns the life-giving cell division into death, in some ways you could say human creativity can turn death and the emotions surrounding it into life, into art. That we’re here to talk about death metal could be seen as cruel joke number two. Yet what we have here is the fruits of one man’s journey, using the paint of his thoughts and feelings and his knowledge of the medium with his own brush to breathe life onto the canvas of death metal. Not a genre many would find fitting for conveying this, but the skill, care and hard work are undeniable.

The first striking thing about Resonant Filth’s Depraved State is how good it sounds. There is a level of clarity that lends further sincerity to the music without ever approaching the brickwalled overproduced nonsense that so many modern bands indulge in. It would be easy to overshoot it in the opposite direction, banking too hard on a lo-fi filthy trve kvlt aesthetic to really sell its authenticity. And while that certainly could work for old school death metal - which this absolutely is - Mr. Smith has chosen a more balanced approach instead: a mix that is convincingly gritty for the genre yet confidently allows every sound to speak for itself.

The second striking thing about this album is that it rules, hard. I am a firm believer that artists should be steadfast in their vision of art, just as much as I am a firm believer that we all make our own meaning. Many are more than happy to simply mimic bands that they like and I say more power to them, although for me simply being competent in that way is no longer engaging enough. Enter Resonant Filth. This guy doesn’t care about your formulas, he will make music that recalls all kinds of different old school acts and put it all together in a way that never feels like an imitation.

Opening track Aspirations’ slow roll and filthy tremz channel Incantation nicely, before giving way to a more melodic Swedish approach in the second half. Disgusting Hypocrisy and Without Hope combine that with a bit of Death’s Scream Bloody Gore to strong results. To Be Reborn leans quite heavily into the combination of churning filth and strange arcane riffs that defined Finnish cult classics like Demigod, Funebre and Depravity. Departing and Dying Flames should sate the cravings of Autopsy and Obliteration fans rather nicely, while the closer Final Act Before Death is more of a condensed buffet of everything the album has to offer. It fits together and it doesn’t blend together, and that is no small feat. Cannabis Corpse used to have a somewhat similar smorgasbord approach to death metal and it worked quite well at first before they ran out of ideas, but Depraved State is even better.

Every track feels like it breathes and develops naturally. Riffs weave in and out, guitar leads are tastefully used, beats and tempos change in ways that are just unpredictable enough. There’s fills aplenty yet they never distract, and in general every change helps prevent stagnation, repetition or overreliance on the same structures while at the same time never feeling pointless or meandering. The album shifts gears regularly without being dizzying and manages to remain surprisingly fresh every moment of the way. It’s no Gorguts, granted, but no matter how critical I want to be, this is simply better executed on almost every level than what your average band can do… and I’ve heard quite a few bands, average and otherwise. I don’t know what special sauce allows Mr. Smith to avoid the common pitfall of “you heard one song, you heard ‘em all” but it sure is working, and I sure am jealous. This is what any “throwback” or “worship” act should strive to be, production and aesthetic in service of the music, and let the music live and move on its own, merely guided not restrained by the footsteps of its predecessors. Life in death, if you will…

RIP John and Brandon.



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user ratings (17)
3.8
excellent

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parksungjoon
January 8th 2022


39352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

forget disma and other bands that bring nothing exciting to the table, forget overrated wannabe classics like convulse world without god, this is the real deal right here and i dont give a fuck what any of you say



bitches aint shit but hoes and tricks lick on deez nuts and suck tha dick gets tha fuck out after youre done



normaloctagon
January 8th 2022


8233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh hell yeah

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normaloctagon
January 8th 2022


8233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review made me feel things. posd

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2022


16250 Comments


Now wait just a second. This is that thing that the guy with the Doo told me to check.

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parksungjoon
January 8th 2022


39352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yea

FR33L0RD
January 8th 2022


3570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice very nice Park. I liked the review style, themes & infos , posd.

Like i said in his project sharing list: “Superbly done, intense catchy riffs, creative, sound is amazing, vocal is spot on, album concept is simply awesome & touching.

All done by one man. That is so impressive. Talents and works in here.”

This is the equivalent of a Demo, first album i presume? Amazing.

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parksungjoon
January 8th 2022


39352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

https://resonantfilth.bandcamp.com

parksungjoon
January 8th 2022


39352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

check it folks

CottonSalad
January 8th 2022


1504 Comments


Sput metal has been stepping it up the past few months!

pos'd

DungeonBoy
January 8th 2022


8694 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice to see a review for this. Album is pretty great

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CaptainDooRight
January 8th 2022


5267 Comments


I literally just woke up to my normal routine of doing this and that and finally moved on to stoppin in for my Sput scans and lo and behold I definitely was not expecting to see a review but at that one that was so well put together.

I wish I knew your first name at least because it feels weird to just say thank you Parks, but here it goes, thank you Parks!!!!!

Man you put a ton of thought into this. I really liked your introduction which brought a nice theme to your writing before describing the album. Your words really touched my heart.

Again, truly, thanks again!

And I appreciate the kind words from everyone else too

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Hyperion1001
Emeritus
January 8th 2022


21541 Comments


this is legitimately sick cap. depraved state rules. did you do the drums or are they programmed?

sounds better than 90% of the yuppie dm that comes out these days for real.

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evilford
January 8th 2022


54342 Comments


Beautiful review park, agreed, top tier users all around, still gotta check hard, RIP John and Brandon long live their memory and dm m/

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combustion07
January 8th 2022


9578 Comments


Great review Parks! Been jamming this a bunch the past few days and it is killer indeed. Without Hope is my favorite track here so far. Absolutely love the gutturals he does on Reborn and Dying Flames also

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TheAntichrist
January 8th 2022


3308 Comments


gud ablum tasty guitar tone nice droms t/t's purty nice

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CaptainDooRight
January 8th 2022


5267 Comments


appreciate the feedback and positive response guys!

Hype - the drums are not programmed. I tried recording on my acoustic pearl but I suck at mic’ing up and the sound I wanted didn’t come out so I recorded it with my Roland e kit, used a few fill double speed tricks in a few parts not sure if you could tell, oh the joys of technology

Ford - no rush bro just happy it’s on your radar ;)

Cumbust ( ;] ) - glad u like those tracks and the vox, some parts I felt the lower register fit better, glad u dug it

Mr Christ - ;) glad you guys like the drums, not perfect but drums are my 4th instrument and last I learned. Still have tons to progress on

parksungjoon
January 8th 2022


39352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude thats crazy yea there were a few moments where i was wondering if they were programmed cuz of the speed but yea they sound way better than a lot of modern metal drums m/

FR33L0RD
January 8th 2022


3570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gud ablum tasty guitar tone nice droms t/t's purty nice [2]



CaptainDooRight
January 8th 2022


5267 Comments


Yeah Parks one of the most simple tricks you can do in production with pretty much any instrument is do a double tempo speed trick, the normal speed spacing has to be perfect otherwise it’ll sound like mush. So what you do is record a fill in normal speed and cut that clip, double the tempo and paste it back in. Did that only a few times cuz I ain’t got those Dobber Beverly chops. It’s ridiculous how long it takes to get that good. Like even if I was drumming for 40 years I don’t I would be even half as good. That’s why I gotta focus on the overal composition to make up for my lack of drumming skill

Freelord- oh btw this is not a demo in the strictest sense. Technically it’s an LP. But I think I know what you meant by ‘demo’ tho.

FR33L0RD
January 9th 2022


3570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

doubly stunning Captain! love your album, great jam.



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