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Review: God Syndrome - Controverse
God Syndrome

Label: Mazzar Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 57:55
Tracks: 12
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 12, 2017
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (8 Votes)

Brutality, rawness, vitality. These words are often associated with the more extreme metal acts, and exploited endlessly when talking about Death Metal. These dudes right here make a sound that resonates well with these words, but add melody and passion to the mix. Lurking the Russian scene since 2011, it was only last year that the Samara natives unleashed their first opus, titled Controverse.

Truth be told, there is not much originality to God Syndrome's sound, which they refer to as "Extreme Melodic Death Metal", as we can clearly see shades of Hypocrisy, Decapitated, Immolation and others in their sound, but this is just a minor detail as almost every element that makes a Metal band a Death Metal band has already been mapped and used to exhaustion. With that being said, what these guys lack in originality they make up for in feeling, power and energy. "Purge", "The Last Option" and "Tormans" are perfect examples of that power, which blends itself with the right amount of guitar melodies and very competent vocals to form memorable and enduring tracks that will stay with you for a while. The album is very decent lyric-wise, with special attention to the awesome "Dark Sand", the perceptive and imaginative "Summon the Sun" and closer (and my favorite) "Hangman of Atlantis".

This is impressive enough not to sound like a debut album. Of course, some improvements here and there are needed and the minor flaws will definitely be remedied in their future endeavors, because these guys have the drive and the tools to do so. The "Extreme Melodic Death Metal" moniker adopted by the band is actually spot-on; there are relevant amounts of melody in Controverse, but those stand on the threshold between canorous and heavy, while the double pedals, the guttural vocals and the overall Death Metal atmosphere are all there as well. Great effort.

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