Beneath the Massacre - Incongruous
Label: Prosthetic Records
Reviewer: Tiphany Mataï - 2012-09-05
Highlights: Pedestal, Incongruous
[Translated By: Carmina Khairallah]
The Quebecois will have made us wait a little, between an innovative and well brought “Dystopia” in 2008 and a simpler but just as devastating EP “Marée Noire” 2010. Carrying some obvious potential and willing to rise at the side of the great in the realms of Brutal Death Metal, BENEATH THE MASSACRE strike again in the beginning of 2012 with the release of “Incongruous”, signed again at “Prostetic Records”. The quartet slightly goes back to the mechanical and inhuman side of “Mechanics of Dysfunction”, but doesn’t leave out the very technical and brutal aspect found on “Dystopia”. Again, the pieces are very short, in a way that doesn’t allow any rest between the incredible speed of the drums and the riffs and the rage of Elliot Desgagnés’s growling.
BENEATH THE MASSACRE may gloat about placing themselves alongside ORIGIN and NECROPHAGIST considering the huge presence of mastering and quickness of execution. The quartet makes some audacious choices regarding the technicality of the guitar: the soaring, the jerking, the slightly mathematical structures are still present as they are in “Symptoms”, a great beginning to the album. Of course, the bass/guitar duo is impressive, as much in the avalanche of notes as in the compact aspect of the brutal and unforgiving guitars
Pieces like “Pedestal” for example conversely bet on a brutal and direct approach, pulling the listener into a tornado of violence. The instrumental “Incongruous” chose something slower while still serving a heavy helping of technicality and melody, with a mechanical and jerking aspect. But too much technique kills the technique. As in the previous album (“Dystopia”), the listener may find him/herself more or less lost in the middle of this pile of technicality and brutality. Marking points, such as a memorable riff or a catchy solo, are missing. Of course, the compositions are very direct and in your face, but whether you are used to it or not, you still need a moment to adapt yourself to the music and manage to follow the crazy guitaring in BENEATH THE MASSACRE who, I have to say, master what they’re doing in a Dantesque way.
It is clear that the Quebecois are doing a monstrous job, emanating flawless force and aggressiveness, close to HATE ETERNAL’s and ORIGIN’s, to name a few. Even though they’re still young (founded in 2004), the quartet know what they’re doing and have everything to be part of the great bands of Brutal and Technical Death, thanks to this album which more or less confirms the path they have taken up till now, although it’s still missing something.
*Posted as part of our partnership with Tiphany Mataï, reviewer from the French Spirit of Metal Webzine. Original French review can be seen here.