|Review: Neurolepsy - Disintegrated Cognizance|
Label: Sevared Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: April 7, 2011
Reviewed by: Nahsil
Rated 2/5 (40%) (2 Votes)
The deciding point for "decent" as a descriptor of music is, for me, whether a band does at least as many things right as wrong, and preferably more of the former than the latter. Neurolepsy are decent brutal death metal. On the one hand, the latter hand, the vocals are pretty crap, though my bias against "ree" squeals is freely admitted. Death metal has some great vocals, but I prefer monstrous bellowing to guttural sewer piping. Neurolepsy make use of this "gross" style, opting for its perceived extremity as opposed to more traditional growling. Not a fan.
On the better hand, the band writes some interesting and relatively creative riffs that span from chaotic, dizzying and fast-paced to more chunky and lingering. The overall structure isn't perfect, but it could be worse, as the guitar work and drumming tend to remain coherently put together, even if they aren't intricately constructed. The production could see improvement; the percussion is buried beneath the guitars and vocals. Aside from that, the sound is adequate, though certainly of an amateurish variety (to be expected from a band's first demo).
Not amazing, not bad, decent; Neurolepsy have potential if they care to pursue this road and dedicate themselves to their craft.
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