Allegaeon
Damnum


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zach USER (123 Reviews)
February 27th, 2022 | 91 replies


Release Date: 02/22/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Can you smell what Allegaeon's cookin'?

There are numerous things astonishing about Damnum. I say astonishing not to diminish the impact of previous records-not the shredding riff factory fun of Elements of the Infinite or the expansive punchy bombast of Apoptosis. It is decidedly not shocking that, upon their 6th record, Allegaeon would still rule harder than something that would rule greatly, say, perhaps, an exceptionally long ruler. One that would measure not in inches nor feet but in light years. Now that's a ruler. This is Allegaeon.

Boy, have they evolved.

The trademarks are still there. Steamrolling blast beats and drum fills serve as the platter to which the main dish is carried, upon which some particularly saucy guitar leads are ladeled upon meaty gutturals, so much so that the excess should leave the dish's nuances completely stripped, maybe even tepid and without flavor. However it is that which uncovers itself gradually that crafts the most wondrous dish, and Allegaeon, in their many years spicing up sounds in the musical kitchen, have learned this-true craft comes when risks are taken. With this notion they have torched their recipes, scorched the dining room, and left the bistro in a brilliant blaze. While the lightning-in-a-bottle tracks such as "To Carry My Grief Through Torpor and Silence" might still be relatively straightforward in their sweeping assault, the lumbering spoken word/fleeting acoustic intro of "Of Beast and Worms" showcases an opposite dynamic; something more patient and subdued.

Ultimately this striking balance gives both sides of the record a greater depth than they would have in isolation. "Called Home" is the ultimately dabbling in these dynamics, swapping from a rather somber acoustic bit to an immaculately hearty chug, immediately then into an autumnal prog-rock escapade, delving even then deeper into a winding airy atmospheric segment before finally building back towards the same meaty bombast much of the record portrays. In this cataclysmic ending the band have exited the smoldering restaurant, most likely with plans to lay waste to every fast food joint in sight, leaving the very foundations of every burrito-slopping Taco Bell quivering at their greasy knees. This is what fine dining is about.

This desire towards destruction comes back in a fearsome fashion on "Saturnine", with those wild gutturals and scathing shrieks coming back with an intensity that would make Lorna Shore go green with envy. Equally so would the guitar sweeps midway through, which veer on an almost power metal level of glistening over-the-top glory while somehow evading the nauseating levels of cheese many of those bands would offer. This, in part, is because it's arrival is but another seasoning in this sea of flavor-it does not muddle together. It does not threaten to overpower with it's contrast. Nay, it is but another delectable layer to peel back, another small building block upon thousands. This can be applied to all of Damnum when I say-this is the penultimate tech death dish. This is how tech death should be made.



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Dedes
February 27th 2022


8806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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porcupinetheater
February 28th 2022


9791 Comments


Is this as atrociously brickwalled as most of their other stuff?

Dedes
February 28th 2022


8806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2022


17278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

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Hmmmm?

Pikazilla
February 28th 2022


23176 Comments


sounds like he's challenging you, nocte

Dedes
February 28th 2022


8806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Bro I just made a bangin pot of polish hunters stew

You can't compete with my compounds of flavor

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2022


17278 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

My chicken and prawn laksa says otherwise.

Dedes
February 28th 2022


8806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tricks on you can't make a better dish if I don't know what it is!

(It probably rules and imma look into it rn)

Dedes
February 28th 2022


8806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just looked into it

Immense reminder that I realllly gotta get into Thai food.

Not a whole lotta Thai restaurants locally afaik but I haven't made the greatest habit to break out of retreading Polish and Italian food haha

DarkSideOfLucca
February 28th 2022


16163 Comments


Dude I just ordered chicken and parm and spaghett like 1 minute ago, I'm fucking pumped

Eakflanderyof
February 28th 2022


4128 Comments


Damn 'em

Dedes
February 28th 2022


8806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Old fashioned chicken parm whips so hard bro

Although tbh I might actually dig eggplant parm. Too bad it's virtually devoid of nutrients cause otherwise I'd eat fried eggplant every other day lmao

JayEnder
February 28th 2022


14704 Comments


This slapped. Picked it up on a whim and I love it lol

Digging: Alexisonfire - Otherness

DarkSideOfLucca
February 28th 2022


16163 Comments


I wish I could live in spaghetti

Also album is good, yeah

Muzz79
February 28th 2022


1799 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Progressive tech melodic death metalz. Diggin second half esp

metalphil
February 28th 2022


267 Comments


I kinda lost interest in these guys a little after their last album but this one rules pretty hard. Definitely a pleasant surprise.

Ebola
February 28th 2022


4383 Comments


This band generally bores me but the review has me cautiously optimistic

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
February 28th 2022


17705 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The album didn't grab me as much as previous releases, yet the guys always deliver quality material. I'll give it a couple of more spins during the week. Pos'd

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Dedes
February 28th 2022


8806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think it's a little less immediate but this things got more layers than an onion boy

WretchedCacophony
February 28th 2022


2298 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You need to try eggplant milanese. And I need to make laksa that sounds BOMB.

I had no idea eggplant was lacking so severely in nutritional content.

I'll need some Allegaeon to supplement that (this [episode] brought to you by Athletic Greens- even if you have the healthiest diet imaginable it's hard to get all the nutrients you need. Just one tasty scoop of AG1 is enough to meet your daily needs)



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