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Review: Against the Plagues - Decoding the Mainframe
Against the Plagues
Decoding the Mainframe

Label: Vic Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 44:40
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: July 2, 2010
Reviewed by: Lior "Steinmetal" Stein
Readers Rating
Decoding the Mainframe

Rated 3.69/5 (73.75%) (16 Votes)

Against the Plagues is not what most Metalheads would call a "super group." However, that might change after taking a listen to their debut album, Decoding the Mainframe.

The band, which started out five years ago, is a joint venture between some experienced players from various metal bands. Guys from bands like Lost Horizon, Luciferion, Malevolent Creation, Damnation and Divine Empire lend their talents to ATP. With this much experience, good things were bound to happen, thus Decoding the Mainframe was born.

No strangers to technical musicianship, the guys in ATP have written an ample selection of melodic Black/Death riffs that are diverse burn like hell. ATP displays speedy, morbid and even some thrashy approaches over their futuristic themes. Keyboards serve to enhance the suspense and create a kind of "ultramodern" fear. Some of the mayhem in key verses sounds as if it came directly from a King Diamond or Emperor record.

Although they occasionally resemble other complex extreme metal acts, ATP is superior in many ways. Their fine talents are displayed on tracks like "War Against the Plagues," "Force from Within," "Renegade Manifesto," "Order of Decay" and "The Key to Ourselves." Without a doubt, this band will be able to outlast others that mix melody with extreme metal, as long as they stay true to their current form.

Another thing in Decoding the Mainframe's favor is the overwhelming production, courtesy of Chris Djuricic, guitarist Wojtek Lisicki and maestro Dan Swano. Swano mastered and handled the re-recording of the tracks as they were previously part of the band's demo from 2007. There is no need to exemplify Swano's capabilities as he once oversaw production of bands like Opeth, Katatonia, Wintersun, Dissection and Marduk.

Decoding the Mainframe is a challenging album for those who appreciate melodic and extreme music. ATP present varied material, which shows the influences of the individual members. Vic Records did a great job signing these guys when they did.

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