Ah, yet another Death Metal band to please all you fans of unrelenting US brutality out there. WASTEFORM are next in line of the many CDs I recently received from Xtreem Music, and, like the others I've reviewed so far, this reeks of unfulfilled potential. Yes the band play a completely unoriginal stereotypical blend of the beloved genre, yet they do bring their own sense of identity to the fore with lots of unusual little filler sections and beats. The music itself is generally hyperspeed guitar riffing with blasting drums which slows down from time to time for some chugging groove. In other words it sounds like SUFFOCATION and other US heroes.
Vocally this has to be one of the more convincing, in terms of passion, that I've heard in a little while as the vocalist, while not being stylistically brilliant (a little too shouty for my taste), has a real sense of identity and power in his delivery which really is very effective and amounts to being one of the strong points of the album as a whole. The guitars, or rather the production (or lack there of) of them, are my main complaint about this album. The riffing that I can hear is generally infectious and full of groove in the slower sections and even the all out tremolo strummed sections are interesting, that is when you can hear them over the drums.
The mix of this album is quite poor as at times the guitars can be drowned out in a sea of snares and vocals, most frequently in the blasting sections and it really detracts from an album that does actually have some good and enjoyable riffage. On the plus side however you get a fantastic punishing bass sound, even if the playing is a little slow at times compared with that of the guitars, which definitely stands out.
I guess that this album could have been good, but despite the vocalistís passion his actual style leaves a lot to be desired and unfortunately the good guitar riffs often become too secondary to other less impressive and less important features. Sadly then the album doesn't actually hold all that much interest despite the quality of some of the compositions and the obvious potential shown by the songsmanship. (Online March 11, 2004)