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Band's list Brutal Death Disfiguring The Goddess Sleeper
CD, Released date : 24 April 2012 - Decomp Records
Style: Brutal Death

RATING SOM : 3/20
All rates : 13/20 You must be logged to rate this album
Tracklist
DISC 1
1. Sleeper 03:09
2. Queen Kingdom 03:39
3. Daughter of Depths 03:39
4. Lady Epicenter 03:16
5. Vines of Aftermath 02:32
6. Mountain 02:52
7. Ocean Tomb 02:25
Total playing time 21:42
DISC 2
1. Sleeper (Instrumental) 03:09
2. Queen Kingdom (Instrumental) 03:39
3. Daughter of Depths (Instrumental) 03:39
4. Lady Epicenter (Instrumental) 03:16
5. Vines of Aftermath (Instrumental) 02:32
6. Mountain (Instrumental) 02:52
7. Ocean Tomb (Instrumental) 02:25
Total playing time 21:42

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1 / 20
    miniradman, Wednesday 02 May 2012 Talk to your friends  
And I thought Circle of Nine was bad...

Well, well, well… 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 I’ve been waiting on the sidelines for, wondering to myself “will this make or break Disfiguring the Goddess?” because I loved their debut self titled album and all the demos and Promos they’ve released prior to it. However, I’ve already mentioned that Circle of Nine was a complete and utter disaster. It is literally the worst thing I’ve 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 they’ve ditched everything that their older fans loved, for absolute shit (and when I mean absolute shit… I MEAN, ABSOLUTE SHIT!). This ship floated, hit an iceberg, and then sunk… 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. I’m sick of reading comments made about “OMG, this is ttly SlaMing and Hevy!” because the fact is, it’s not. All the components and elements that you’d 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), I’m definitely having trouble hearing it. Ok, sure, there may be some few “moments” of slamming brutality but a few moments does not equate to the entire EP or band being brutal. It’s like saying that We Butter the Bread With Butter is pure screamo, because of the track “Superföhn Bananendate”, or saying that Whitechapel is progressive deathcore because of some of the “moments” in the track “The Somatic Defilement”. It’s illogical, and wouldn’t make sense to any sane individual. If that wasn’t 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 drumming… 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 there’s the EP title! Hey presto! You’ve just made the Sleeper EP (Sleeper? What the fuck, seriously?). Now I bet you’re probably thinking “but you forgot the slams and brutality”, don’t you mean… Disfiguring the Goddess have forgotten the slams and brutality? C’mon, let’s 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 couldn’t 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 didn’t go overkill on the synthetics, but then again, there shouldn’t, 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 aren’t 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 “Queen Kingdom” 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 angry… which is what is happening to me now.

To be perfectly honest, I don’t 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’s previous works) but he cannot cross the two together. I’m 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 doesn’t posses those skills… now look what happened.

It seems that the more I listen to The Sleeper, the more I wonder why I’ve 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 you’ve 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 couldn’t 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 I’ve 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, that’s what the vocalist from Disfiguring the Goddess sounds like. So inhales, or exhales, it doesn’t count for shit either way.

Taking everything I’ve mentioned into account, I think I’ve 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 “Daughter of Depths”. “Daughter of Depths” was actually heavy and sounded at least something like brutal death. Everything else, forget about it. I think I’ve 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 wasn’t for the track “Daughter of Depths” I would probably say that Sleeper is worth maybe -1 or -2/20, but today I think it deserves a 1/20. I think it’s safe to say that I’ve lost all respect for Disfiguring the Goddess, and there is no way in hell that I’m going to be lining up to buy their upcoming album.




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Review
12 / 20
    Crinn, Friday 13 April 2012 Talk to your friends  
A whole new kind of slamming brutality

I’ve known the name Disfiguring the Goddess for a couple of years, but I haven’t bothered to pick up their music until a week ago, when I got ahold of Sleeper. This guy has clearly and explicitly identified himself as brutal slamming death metal. I know that the whole slamming brutality thing just recently got “popular”. I can tell because most of the bands with this much brutality formed after the millennium, and often times only have one record out. Another thing that I’ve noticed is that these bands tend to be short-lived. There are several bands of this genre that have released one amazing album and haven’t given any recent update or sign of activity or life. I’ve always wondered why so many of these awesome bands just seem to disappear out of thin air! Some of these bands include Bloodboil (released an album in 2006), Guttural Secrete (released one album in 2006), Pyaemia (only album is from 2001), and Eden Beast (debut released 2008). Disfiguring the Goddess is one of those bands that have stayed consistently active and informative to fans regarding updates and new material. I personally think that Sleeper is Disfiguring the Goddess’ best album to date.

Disfiguring the Goddess is part of the new brutal death wave that uses exaggerated breakdowns. Although some people would call it deathcore, remember that the metal breakdown didn’t originate in metalcore, it actually was first created and used by (please correct me if I’m wrong or if I miss a critical band) bands like Suffocation, Dying Fetus, and Atheist. Ever since the turn of the century, this temporary extreme drop in tempo that metal bands use to release all the built-up tension can be found in so many albums that I can’t even name a fraction of them. The really technical and complex breakdown that Meshuggah is credited for perfecting is what Disfiguring the Goddess uses.

This album uses an extensive amount of atmospheric keyboard samples and electronic/digital effects to give the music a unique feel. There seems to be a lot of digital effects used on the guitars; primarily to make them sound choppier and tighter, which gives the music a much more technical feeling. There also is a slight overuse of the bass boom at the beginning of breakdowns. On top of that, there are points in this record where everything sounds somewhat…artificial. This is what happens when there are too much digital effects and the album is literally overproduced (or “over-perfected”). I guess that’s the big downer that this album holds; it’s overproduced.

Like you would expect, the vocals consist of deep, nasty inhaled growls. There are some exhaled screams thrown in here and there. The growls are very powerful and don’t have an emotionless and tasteless sound like so many other brutal death vocalists. This album is extremely experimental, especially on the electronic/digital side of things, but it still delivers the ultimate SLAMMING brutality Disfiguring the Goddess is known best for. I would give this album 12/20. I would recommend this to fans of slamming brutality that are curious to hear some experimentalism. I don’t know where this sound will go, but it’s certainly something new.




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