Soreption
Jord


4.0
excellent


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dare I say ... funky?

Meticulous, methodical, relentless mechanistic butchery throughout every aspect of the instrumentation and build-up: such are the ways of closer 'Död Jord' on Soreption's fourth full-length album. Very much the same description goes for the seven preceding tracks on this thirty-minute (!) offering of no-nonsense tech death mayhem by the Swedish quartet. But the guest guitar leads by Archspire's Dean Lamb and Tobi Morelli in 'Död Jord' - the microsurgical vibe of which, I would imagine, pays homage to Thorendal and Jarzombek - provide for a quick bridge to useful, if somewhat lazy musical generalization. In terms of comparison with other contemporary bands, the overall aesthetic or blueprint adopted in this album, more so than in previous efforts, seems to be a combination of the 'machine approach' as presently exemplified in its most extreme form by Canadian peers Archspire, and the groove-oriented perfectionism of Psycroptic. (Joe Haley, incidentally, also has a guest lead spot on the album.) This stylistic-typological comparison serves analytical purposes only. Soreption have their own design, where these combined ingredients are vehicle to a series of very infectious mood pieces, set in a thoroughly percussive and bass-driven environment that breathes menace and excitement in equal measure, courtesy of the interplay between insane guitar work and punishing vocals.

Even then, so far nothing much is new in the land of tech death. But if combining all the genre tropes and elements at your disposal in just the right proportion for maximum effect is the main requirement for cooking together tasteful songs, then our chefs have definitely nailed the pudding on this occasion. Jord is immediate and intense. From the first seconds of opener 'The Artificial North' onwards, Soreption continuously hit the listener with pretty much every hook and twist there is, at once. Keywords to describe the resulting rollercoaster have already been mentioned; let me just stress 'meticulous', 'groove' and 'infectious' again, in no particular order. Songs are consistently catchy to the point of being downright funky. 'Each Death More Hollow' and 'The Nether Realm's Machinery', for instance, are bound to get those frowned heads bobbing with lips pouting; whereas tracks like 'A Story Never Told' are also about those sweet spots where pinched and natural string harmonics can still be thrown in to great effect (let's be honest, you didn't think there'd be any of those spots left did you?). The riffing and fretboard work in general, as complemented by the rhythm section, is lethal.

The abridged version? Jord is undoubtedly Soreption at their best, and I would be surprised not to see them outgrowing their underdog position in the current tech death scene after this album. In any case, if you are anywhere near into the genre you won't regret spending your next half hour listening to Jord.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
DePlazz
August 9th 2022


4495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A fine listen, this.

pizzamachine
August 9th 2022


27258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You said funky. I said prove it. My ears said it’s funky.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2022


18936 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Great jam, props for picking this up.

FreakMachine
August 9th 2022


1913 Comments


I have a couple of these band's albums and really didn't like them. Seeing the ratings for this though I might check it

JokineAugustus
August 10th 2022


10938 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice. I have to jam this again. Really liked it.

Orb
August 10th 2022


9387 Comments


Good review but Archspire is a Canadian band, not American, and us Canadians are proud of them.

Bloma
August 10th 2022


150 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've been smashing this recently, it's particularly good while bike riding.

pizzamachine
August 10th 2022


27258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck yeah Canada

DePlazz
August 10th 2022


4495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Orb oops, fixed that. Thanks for noticing!

DePlazz
August 10th 2022


4495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Featured again? Wow, thanks mods & admins!

I'm enjoying this one a lot. Saw Soreption live a couple of years ago together with Archspire, supporting Revocation. They unexpectedly stole the show, really badass band.

FreakMachine
August 10th 2022


1913 Comments


"
Featured again? Wow, thanks mods & admins!"
Justified, its a great review

DePlazz
August 10th 2022


4495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@FreakMachine tx [:

Anthracks
August 10th 2022


8031 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

still have to rejam their first releases because the riffing on here is so good

MarsKid
Emeritus
August 10th 2022


21035 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice, concise, shreddy tech-death? Say no more. . . . .

Madbutcher3
August 10th 2022


3146 Comments


this one is a lot better than the previous few imo

Sevengill
August 10th 2022


12067 Comments


well damn, I'm wearing my Engineering the Void shirt right now. guess that means I better check this out.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 10th 2022


18258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.6

This certainly chops.

bloc
August 10th 2022


70254 Comments


Great tech album that needs more attention. Glad it got a review

Ebola
August 12th 2022


4522 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this

DePlazz
August 12th 2022


4495 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hard to pick a favorite track here. The opener hits so hard already, been a long time I've heard an album open with such intensity. And then 'The Nether Realm's Machinery' is soooo funky.



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