Well, well, wellâŠ what do have here? Disfiguring the Goddess
is back again only a year after releasing their disastrous album, Circle of Nine
. The Sleeper
EP is one EP that Iâve been waiting on the sidelines for, wondering to myself âwill this make or break Disfiguring the Goddess
?â because I loved their debut self titled album and all the demos and Promo
s theyâve released prior to it. However, Iâve already mentioned that Circle of Nine
was a complete and utter disaster. It is literally the worst thing Iâve heard. But, my hope and the hype fell miserably short to what I was truly expecting from Disfiguring the Goddess
. I was really hoping that Disfiguring the Goddess
would go back to their old form, which was; brutal, heavy, guttural and intense. However, I think its official that theyâve ditched everything that their older fans loved, for absolute shit (and when I mean absolute shitâŠ I MEAN, ABSOLUTE SHIT!). This ship floated, hit an iceberg, and then sunkâŠ now there is nothing left to salvage.
First of all, I must point out to everyone that this is NOT and I repeat, NOT, slamming or brutal at all. Iâm sick of reading comments made about âOMG, this is ttly SlaMing and Hevy!â because the fact is, itâs not. All the components and elements that youâd typically expect from a normal slamming death metal band are as follows; heaviness, brutality (obviously), darkness and of course abrasiveness. There is and absence of any of those elements in the Sleeper
EP, and if they actually existed (which is something I highly doubt), Iâm definitely having trouble hearing it. Ok, sure, there may be some few âmomentsâ of slamming brutality but a few moments does not equate to the entire EP or band being brutal. Itâs like saying that We Butter the Bread With Butter is pure screamo, because of the track âSuperfĂ¶hn Bananendateâ, or saying that Whitechapel
is progressive deathcore because of some of the âmomentsâ in the track âThe Somatic Defilement
â. Itâs illogical, and wouldnât make sense to any sane individual. If that wasnât enough to convince you, let me put their music into perspective by breaking up the components of their sound and re-building them.The first step is to obtain djent and progressive technical metalcore song structures and guitar riffs. The second step is to deepen the tone of the guitars and add a little bit of extra distortion. The third step is to throw in some drumming, but not just any drummingâŠ wait, scratch that, any drumming would do. Step four is to add some random synthetic sounds that have absolutely nothing to and completely unrelated to the rest of the music. Now all you have to do is make a cover and flip to a random page in the dictionary and place your finger anywhere on that page and thereâs the EP title! Hey presto! Youâve just made the Sleeper
? What the fuck, seriously?). Now I bet youâre probably thinking âbut you forgot the slams and brutalityâ, donât you meanâŠ Disfiguring the Goddess
have forgotten the slams and brutality? Câmon, letâs be reasonable, apart from the very few faint traces throughout Sleeper
, Disfiguring the Goddess
is not brutal death metal at all.
Oh no, NOT THE SYNTHETICS AGAIN! There was one thing that I just couldnât stand about Circle of Nine
, and that was the synthetics. Those keyboards and other computer generated sounds were so annoying! Not only are the synthetics back, but Disfiguring the Goddess
have brought them to the forefront of their music. Yep, all those chimes, harps, choir and other randomly generated sounds are littered in random spots throughout Sleeper
(25 Achievement Points if You Spot Them All!) and they are much worse than before. The one thing that I could possibly say about Circle of Nine
is that they didnât go overkill on the synthetics, but then again, there shouldnât, really be any synthetics anywhere in brutal death metal. However in Sleeper
, they are more than over-used and have little to no direction to them which gets me to ask: why are they there in the first place? because they arenât contributing to the overall music quality. I believe that the synthetics are the worst part of The Sleeper
, namely because they brought back that annoying choir keyboard sounds which drive me up the fucking wall. There is one point in the track âQueen Kingdomâ where there is nothing but the choir keyboards playing which is without a doubt, the most annoying, most retarded and worst part of the EP. You could not believe how much I needed to pour a bottle of bleach in my ear canals just to not hear this. I know this is brutal death metal and all, but I should get happy angry when I listen to this, not angry angryâŠ which is what is happening to me now.
To be perfectly honest, I donât give a flying fuck stick about whether or not Cameron (the original founder of Disfiguring the Goddess
) also specialises in making electronic music. Ok, I respect that he may, perhaps be good at making electronic dance music and he is also fucking good at creating pure brutal death/deathcore (as heard in Disfiguring the Goddess
âs previous works) but he cannot cross the two together. Iâm sure that there are means an ways of crossing the two together to make some brutal death metal that sounds a least half decent, however, Cameron just simply doesnât posses those skillsâŠ now look what happened.
It seems that the more I listen to The Sleeper
, the more I wonder why Iâve actually bothered to listen to it, or better yet, why I bothered to continue listening to this EP after the very first track. I know that deathcore and brutal death metal have the reputation of being really redundant and loopy genres, but at least other bands have some kind of variation to their sound. Unlike Disfiguring the Goddess
, because on Sleeper
, all you need to do is listen to the first track and youâve heard it all. All the vocals, all the riffs, all the synths and all their retardedness can be experienced in a single track. Also, the way that the tracks are laid out in the EP makes no sense either. There is not intro or outro, or anything with leads up to a climax. In fact, I couldnât even spot a climatic point in any of the tracks in Sleeper
. This really disappointed me because, like in Circle of Nine
, there were times where I could feel an extremely strong build up of tension to where I was expecting a heavy ass breakdown to come at the end. But time after time, they keep missing or ignoring those opportunities which tend to leave holes in the music. Holes which they have chosen to fill with silly out-of-place synthetics and other random shit.
What confuses me however, is why people continue to argue whether or not the vocalist inhales or exhales, but considering the fact that this is literally the worst excuse of death metal Iâve heard, why bother? because the vocals are the least of your worries. They only oscillate from extremely high pitch to extremely low pitch with no sense of depth or extra dimension. You know how you get that feeling when you know that a band has definitely used a drum machine to produce their music because it sounds awkwardly monotone and sterile. Well, thatâs what the vocalist from Disfiguring the Goddess
sounds like. So inhales, or exhales, it doesnât count for shit either way.
Taking everything Iâve mentioned into account, I think Iâve firmly stated why I believe that this EP was obviously a rushed job and why Disfiguring the Goddess
is now officially a skid mark on the underwear of brutal death and deathcore. To be fair, the only track that I thought that was listenable was âDaughter of Depths
â. âDaughter of Depths
â was actually heavy and sounded at least something like brutal death. Everything else, forget about it. I think Iâve thoroughly gone through the reasons why I think; Sleeper
is NOT slamming death metal, Sleeper
has terrible (and I mean terrible) synthetics and electronic elements and the sheer redundancy of the EP overall. There is very little scope and depth to Sleeper
at all. If it wasnât for the track âDaughter of Depths
â I would probably say that Sleeper
is worth maybe -1 or -2/20, but today I think it deserves a 1/20. I think itâs safe to say that Iâve lost all respect for Disfiguring the Goddess
, and there is no way in hell that Iâm going to be lining up to buy their upcoming album.