|Review: Embrional - Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors|
|Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors|
Label: Old Temple
Year released: 2012
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: December 2, 2012
Reviewed by: Memnarch
for:Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors
Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)
Poland seems to be somewhat of a hotbed for rabid death metal lately, Embrional are another to squirm out of that festering pit this year with their debut release Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors, and containing members with some degree of pedigree who've previously been affiliated with the likes of Besatt and (Polish)Arkona, initial expectations were high enough and I was interested to see how they made the transition to death metal. Everything about Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors initially screamed ‘old-school', from the impressive logo to the fantastically repulsive and offensive artwork, yet what greeted me initially from the first notes of "Possessed by Evil" wasn't at all exactly what I expected. Basically if odd time signatures and fancy fret board thrashing is your thing then this will be right up your street.
Frantic, highly technical and harsh guitar riffs are standard fare here, laced with a really heavy gritty production that gives them a real huge metallic grinding tone (thus perfect for eliminating the falses). There is time for a bit of melody, which crops up periodically throughout which I must add is actually rather impressive in the shape of some cavernous guitar leads. A good example would be in the instrumentals which serve more purpose than just pointless filler, with "Necropolis" being exceptionally impressive. The drum work, well how do I put this? Don't like blasting? Well too fucking bad, because there isn't much else, though it does slow down a bit from time to time so you can apply some antiseptic to those blisters and skid marks on the back of your skull before being repeatedly thrown back into the whirlwind of speed centred technical madness again. The vocals themselves are fairly pedestrian, a deep gravelly roar and while nothing earth-shattering do the job well enough.
What I don't like about Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors is at times it all becomes a bit much and ends up a bit of a repetitive blur, a lot of the songs are too similar; this is a heavily saturated style of death metal and one that has been done countless times before and brings nothing particularly fresh or exciting to an already cluttered table. What I do like about it is while being a heavily intricate work, it doesn't sacrifice the atmosphere which was all so important to death metal back in the early days. It combines just the right amount of atmosphere and technicality for a fusion which lies somewhere in between Morbid Angel and Origin; I suppose if you want a comparison, countrymen Decapitated wouldn't be too far off. If fannying about with keyboards and synths are your thing, then avoid, for those who like it fast and furious with an intensity and precision that will leave your brain in knots then I'd certainly suggest a listen.
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