Am I the only one that has noticed that the new ďtrendĒ in the Metal underground is Technical Death Metal? Ever since NECROPHAGISTís surprising rise in popularity in 2004, thereís been an alarming increase in bands that are deciding to increase the technical aspect of their music. Itís similar to how the success of IN FLAMES & DARK TRANQUILLITY gave rise to an alarming amount of Melodic Death Metal bands.
DISKREET formed in late 2003, and this is their first release. They are part of this new ďmovementĒ of Technical Death Metal bands (I never thought Iíd be saying this), so you can be damn well sure that the song structures are unorthodox, the tempos and the time signatures ever-changing, and the playing is impeccable.
Unfortunately, their biggest asset is also their biggest detriment. The playing is impeccable, as mentioned before, but you can tell when that arpeggio is going to come out from, and you can almost picture when the song is going to go from the ultra-fast picked riff to the slowed down power chord based pattern. Itís kind of a mix between DYING FETUS, VADER and DEEDS OF FLESH with some BENEATH THE MASSACRE thrown in for flavouring, but the result sounds like paint by the numbers Technical Death (second statement I never thought Iíd be saying).
By now, it seems like Iím being overly hard on DISKREET, and that this record is most likely the bane of my existence. I have to say that it is a very fun record, with many great riffs and much potential for headbanging, plus the changes in tempo makes the relentless nature of the EP a boon (unlike some bands where itís constantly blasting at 220+ bpm throughout the album). Just the way that it was put together makes it seem like it was done to jump on the bandwagon.
All in all, a solid record, but I canít shake the feeling that itís simply done in order to jump on the bandwagon.
(Online June 8, 2007)