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Review: Psykotribe - The Devil's Complex
The Devil's Complex

Label: EMP Label Group
Year released: 2020
Duration: 40:48
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: February 14, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating
The Devil's Complex

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Psykotribe are one of those bands that are hailed as underground darlings by their promo team, and they seem to have a lot on their side to back that claim up. They've been doing live shows with big names like Dying Fetus and Deicide, had a tour with Six Feet Under to support this album, and even won a contest to be part of a compilation album for EMP, the latter of which helped them net a contract with the label. This all sounds like the beginning of a band that are going places, and based on how unexciting most of this album is, I would have never guessed as much without that promo material.

Psykotribe play a form of Death/Thrash that focuses more on the Thrash side of things, specifically the more mainstream Thrash from the '80s. That makes it sound more novel than it is, but really this album is just kind of tame and commercial. The playing is competent, and some of the solos are nice, but the riffs are generic and the songwriting isn't terribly exciting for most of it. They try to spice things up by having two harsh vocalists singing in unison, and this helps to make the title track stand out, but they mostly don't do anything that couldn't have been accomplished with multitracking to the same effect. The only other songs on here that stand out are "End It", which has the benefit of a mixing in some Hard Rock elements and even some rough clean singing from Dana Darkly, and "Left Behind", which is notable for having vocal lines that are literally just the singers going "OH-A-A-A-AA-AA" a lot, a practice I would politely ask them to knock the fuck off. The rest of the album just kind of blurs together without leaving much of an impression.

I dunno, maybe I'm damning this with faint praise. There are some good ideas on here, but this mostly just sounds like another flavor of the month band doomed to fade into obscurity within a few years or so, and no amount of hype will help that. Adequate, but not much more.

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