Jens Broman is a very busy man. Prior to listening to CONSTRUCDEAD’s latest album (their fourth studio album in total) “Endless Echo”, I knew that Jens Broman was, and still is, the vocalist for two very good bands THE DEFACED and DARKANE. Honestly, I had no idea that a band called CONSTRUCDEAD even existed until I received a promo for this album. I feel ashamed of this. If you like either of Broman’s other bands, both of which have a similar sound, then you are definitely going to love “Endless Echo”.
It’s not surprising to also find out that Klas Ideberg and Peter Wildoer of DARKANE produced this bad boy of an album. Comparing the two most recent albums from the two bands can give you an idea of what to expect on “Endless Echo”. It is one of those famous Death Thrash sounds that became popular in the late 90s with a few modern touches here and there. CONSTRUCDEAD layers tons of things together into a woven and dense culmination of melodies, intensity, chaos, and a solid sense of structure. Sounds a bit expansive, but the band pulls it off quite nicely.
“Endless Echo” is a bit more user friendly than the other mentioned bands in Broman’s repertoire with its more modern sensibilities and nice use of melodies. It’s not quite the bombardment from these other bands, but it’s a bit more melodic. Most of this is thanks to Broman’s massive range from guttural roars to singing in an upper range of his vocals, but there is also a nice blend and balance of when to pull away from the heavy layering too. “The One Beside Me” could have been a lost SOILWORK track from their middle era with its stop and go riffing and nice little leads and “Mephisto” uses some nice bluesy riffs in it to counteract the impressive double bassing lead drum attack. The band uses a lot of modern techniques (like those of the already mentioned mid era SOILWORK and even to an extent some of the odd rhythm changes of bands like MESHUGGAH) to make them stand out from your average Death Thrash band. It’s an element that instantly makes this memorable and distinctive – both of which can come in limited supply in the genre.
If you enjoy any other band’s featuring Broman, then this is going to be right up your ally. I would even go as far and say that I probably enjoyed it more than DARKANE’s last one (thems fightin words!) with its blend of melody and modern attacks with its foundation. This is a killer album and I will be on the lookout for their earlier material now.
Songs to check out: “Mephisto”, “A Goddess Breaches Through Me”, “Endless Echoes”.
(Online September 12, 2009)