Deathscapes of the Subconscious
Unique Leader Records
Technical/Brutal Death Metal
Unique Leader seems to be on a roll recently with the whole string of technical and brutal death metal releases, and I’ll be lying if I said that I didn’t enjoy them and found them addictive. Hot on the heels of their last release, Oregon technical death metal band Omnihility releases their sophomore full length album, Deathscapes of the Subconscious. As per so many tech-death releases of late, the combination of demonic and somewhat futuristic imagery on their striking cover artwork was the first to catch my attention, yet as usual it is what is contained on the disc itself that really matters.
Molecular Resurrection immediately reminds listeners of the latest effort of Suffocation with the riffs that are unleashed by Dan the Impaler, with the technicality and complexity infused with the chugging, crushing brutality that is in his playing style, backed by the relentless blasting of drummer Steve Crum. But things get heavier and more suffocating as the album progresses, and the crushing cacophony from the coalescing of each of the instruments result in a sound that is rather reminiscent of bands such as Defeated Sanity and Disgorge.
That said, with the plethora of similar (and high profile) releases of late, such as Origin and Misery Index, it can get really hard to stand out as a band. Inanimate Existence, for instance have that atmospheric thing going on on top of their Deeds of Flesh and Decrepit Birth influences, while Beneath have that slight black metal vibe, along with that groove that they incorporate in their songwriting. Unfortunately, while Omnihility are experts at their craft, there is very little that sets them apart from what other bands have already done, apart from the acoustic interludes on the album, Ancient Ruins Forlorn.
Like the many tech death albums of late, the production on Deathscapes of the Subconscious is superb, polished as hell, though it wouldn’t have hurt to have Isamu’s bass mixed slightly higher for the material on the album to pack more punch. But overall, Omnihility‘s new album is still an enjoyable one for fans of technical/brutal death metal like me.