BENEATH THE MASSACRE are the newest ambassadors of Brutal Technical Death from Montreal, Canada. “Mechanics Of Dysfunction” is their first full-length album, after their debut EP, “Evidence Of Inequity” (released in 2005), made the mouths of everyone into Extreme Metal water.
This band is what should be considered PROPER Extreme Metal. I don’t think that just because a band has a lot of blast beats and tremolo picked riffs and plays at speeds that exceed 250bpm to be in any way, shape or form to be extreme. There has to be a sense of musicality as well, plus a certain intelligence and finesse behind the music. NECROPHAGIST has this, SUFFOCATION has this, MARTYR has this, and BENEATH THE MASSACRE, despite being a very young band, has the art of Extreme Metal down as well.
Of course, this release isn’t for everybody. The music on this record is absolutely relentless, and genuinely heavy and brutal. “Mechanics Of Dysfunction” is just absolutely crushing, hitting you from all sides with the speed, the sweep picked and tapped riffs, the numerous time and tempo changes and song structures that go all over the place. This sounds like the Death Metal jam session from hell.
There is a LOT going on here, but after a few listens you can notice some resemblance of song structures that exist beneath the numerous harmonized arpeggios, hellish riffs and chaos. The best way to describe the music is that you feel like you’re being sucked into a vortex, and the disorienting feeling that comes with it.
However, unlike a few other bands of this genre (*coughORIGINcough*), BENEATH THE MASSACRE manages to keep things interesting. Despite the chaos and the brutality, there are parts of “Mechanics Of Dysfunction” that are catchy and will bore themselves in your skull and get stuck in your head. The more you listen to this album, the more everything makes sense, or at least seems like it makes sense. It’s Extreme Metal: brutal, challenging and genuinely fierce, but still contains enough musicality and structures which can be unearthed via repeated listens.
My ONE gripe with the album is the length…the album doesn’t even last 30 minutes! It’s just a personal preference that albums should be at least getting to the half-hour mark, but that’s me being me. I find the album a little bit on the short side, that’s it.
Part of the newest trailblazers in Extreme Metal, BENEATH THE MASSACRE have taken the limits set by their predecessors and pushed them even further. This is the next step in the evolution of brutal music.
A must for those who like Death Metal.
(Online March 26, 2007)