Oath To Vanquish - Applied Schizophrenic Science
Label: Grindethic Records
Reviewer: Kassem - 2014-11-24
Highlights: Toxic Bowel Manoeuvre, Pear of Anguish
Oath to Vanquish is a three piece death/grind/black band from Lebanon, founded by two brothers In November 2001, Elias Abboud (guitar, vocals) and Carlos Abboud (drums, vocals). One of Lebanon's finest extreme acts.
The first time that I heard of Oath to Vanquish, was back in 2008, I tried to get into their music, but every time I start listening to “Applied Schizophrenic Science” I turn it off! I just couldn't stand their sound, it's dirty and a noisy kind of album. But then I gave it another shot in 2009, frankly, I started to like it somehow, specially the tracks "Funeral In F Sharp" and "Executive Onslaught", then again I forgot about this album for a while, the next year I watched a short documentary with the band's member and some footage from one of their underground gigs in Lebanon, and I discovered this blacky crushing song "Toxic Bowel Manoeuvre", which is till now one of my all-time favourite songs.
"Applied Schizophrenic Science" is one of those records that gets better and better with every spin you discover a new kickass track, everything on this album is just ugly, the fuck-yourself kind of ugly, with a shivering\pitching vocals, ripping riffs, blasting beats, and did I mentioned the guttural\piggy vocals? literally a 33 minutes of pure aggression and brutality, and not to mention that "Applied Schizophrenic Science" was mixed and mastered by Colin Davis from Vile at Imperial Mastering, which has helped to deliver crushing production.
Maybe I'm giving too much credit to the album, but you see, these Lebanese guys managed to delivers a mixture of various styles which is pretty much rare in our region, don't get me wrong, I'm not talking about blackened-death or thrash death, we sure have plenty of such bands, but I meant the combination of black, progressive-death and grindcore is completely unexpected in the Mid-East, maybe a few bands done it before, but not as perfect as Oath To Vanquish.
After countless listens to this album I can only say that It’s love it or hate it kind of a record, and need more than few listens to get the feeling of it, moreover this album is not for everyone, unless you're a fan of the genre, Anaal Nathrakh fans will definitely enjoy this.