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Per spiegare un album come Tetracyclic Dominion occorre paradossalmente iniziare dalla fine. Prima di parlare delle singole tracce occorre delinearne le influenze stilistiche, al fine di poterle approfondire durante la recensione.

Dal punto di vista strumentale ogni singola canzone contiene una serie di influenze filtrate e reinterpretate dai nostri: dagli Immolation di Here in After e Failures for Gods  sino ai Gigan di The Order of the False Eye, almeno per quanto riguarda il lato più vicino al Death avanguardistico di scuola Gorguts. Nonostante la forte componente ibrida e sperimentale, si nota una ferocia spiccatamente primitiva che ricorda Altars of Madness dei Morbid Angel.

La voce è ispirata a a Luc Lemay dei Gorguts, pur mantenendo una costante Death Metal vecchia scuola. Dopo una graffiante introduzione con affinità noise, i Godless Enthropia si presentano con alcuni brani che potremmo considerare un trittico raffigurante la loro poetica: Mother Of Cain, Into The Asylum e Witch Burning Princess. I primi brani del full propongono con chiarezza le soluzioni musicali estreme utilizzate: sezioni caratterizzate da ritmi sostenuti, frequenti cambi di tempo e complessi incroci di strumenti, il tutto supportato da un alto livello tecnico e virtuosistico. Unpredictable Dementia si avvicina a The Sound Of Perseverance dei Death e a Dharmata, seconda parte dell’ EP dei Defeated Sanity, band Brutal Death molto nota nell’underground. Arrivati a questo punto vi è un momentaneo stacco dal mood precedente: Erase, Delete, Annihilate ha un tocco decisamente più Progressive, a tratti quasi opethiano, che si risolverà in Dysphemic Phaenomenos. Questa rappresenta un’evoluzione armonica delle progressioni della traccia precedente, evolvendone il tema in un incrocio di pianoforte e sintetizzatori ed eliminando ogni componente estrema e Metal in toto. Torniamo dunque agli stilemi Avant-Garde Death con Third Eye, Cauterized e a quelli Progressive con Solecism, introdotta da un’inaspettata voce in clean che armonizzerà con la lead voice, questa volta ancora più acida e spietata dei brani precedenti, creando un contrasto deciso e agrodolce. Nella parte finale dell’album i Godless Enthropia ripropongono una nuova reinterpretazione delle strategie musicali utilizzate, rendendole talvolta più lineari ed omogenee, talvolta più sperimentali ed eterogenee, e lasciando l’idea di un album denso, ma dove nessuna traccia è stata pensata come riempitivo fine a se stesso.

In conclusione, è un album che mantiene alta l’attenzione e che sperimenta uno stile abbastanza diffuso altrove ma quasi totalmente assente in Italia: un album personale figlio di band come Gorguts, Gigan e, in parte, epistemologicamente, i Portal. Unica pecca di quest’album è il minutaggio, che non impedisce l’ascolto dell’opera ma scoraggia parzialmente un secondo ascolto in prossimità del primo.

 

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The wide world of death metal is one with many turns and valleys the likes of which most bands tend to pick a lane and stick to it. Yet, there are always some acts that like to jump from one lane to the next while still maintaining a solid core of death metal to keep things from getting too crazy despite trying many different flavors in a single album. Godless Enthropia busts out their first full-length with a massive amount of flavors to culminate into a dish the likes of which has so much to go around!

 

I firmly believe that any band’s first step should be examined with a grain of salt because it’s but the beginning of this act moving as a single unit so there is bound to be a minor misstep here and there. In the case of Godless Enthropia, there sometimes lacks a real hook that draws the listener in, but outside of that I honestly can’t find any fault in the massacre that is “Tetracyclic Dominion”. Standing proudly with a monstrous fourteen tracks, this record decimates at every single turn as this Italian quintet leaves no stone unturned with their genre-transcendent performance of raw death metal. “Tetracyclic Dominion” somehow combines elements from progressive, technical, even a little bit of grind, and more to bring to us an oddly cohesive bloodbath knows no bounds in its immense amounts of devastation. And if the aforementioned lack of hooks sounds like something that would turn you off, then please look at the sheer high quality of instrumentation that permeates the entirety of “Tetracyclic Dominion”. It truly carries the record over the areas where Godless Enthropia tried but missed the mark, and that’s the sign of a band that has the potential to do something incredibly interesting with its blueprints that are definitely something to behold.

 

“Tetracyclic Dominion” is far from an album that I’d consider great, but I’ve no question calling it something that has an acquired taste about it. Godless Enthropia had a vision with this record and I feel they got pretty damn close to pulling it off, but I’ve confidence that these Italians will be able to come back with another record that will be no less than smashing! There’s no shame in what “Tetracyclic Dominion” is as a whole, and it’d be easy to become lost in these twists and turns through the realm of death metal.

 

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Il metal estremo è un universo musicale dove se ci si perde si possono trovare creature affascinanti, molte delle quali legate alla tradizione, altre che viaggiano in territori progressivi e molte che sperimentano soluzione avanguardistiche o moderne, contaminandolo o restando fedeli alle linee tracciate dai vari generi.

 

Il death metal per esempio è tra i generi estremi quello che più ha subito trasformazioni e continua ancora oggi dopo decenni ad allargare i propri confini anche se negli ultimi anni il sound vecchia scuola ha ritrovato il consenso dei fans.

I Godless Enthropia sono una death metal band tricolore, fondata a Torino nel 2012 dopo lo scioglimento dei Beyond the Unholy Truth, debuttano con il primo full length dopo aver dato alle stampe un ep (Dystopian Metaphors) ed un singolo tra il 2013 e l’anno dopo.

Sistemata la line up dopo un paio di avvicendamenti, la band piemontese arriva a pubblicare Tetracyclic Dominion con l’aiuto della Symbol of Domination Prod. in collaborazione con Hecatombe Records, primo lavoro sulla lunga distanza che non mancherà di soddisfare gli amanti del metal estremo di matrice death metal, ma aperto a varie soluzioni stilistiche.

La band, che dal lato prettamente tecnico sa il fatto suo, imprime al sound una marcia in più soprattutto a livello compositivo e l’album così si presenta come un mastodontico lavoro della durata di un’ora al cui interno, oltre a meraviglie tecniche, troverete una serie di ispirazioni unite in un suono personale e dall’impatto di un carro armato.

Technical death metal, influenze old school, groove e progressive ispirano questa raccolta di brani che si rifanno alle band nobili del death metal estremo seppure, come scritto, con una propria personale visione d’insieme.

Tetracyclic Dominion è un esaustivo manifesto di metal estremo maturo, tecnico e progressivo, tra tradizione e modernità, con devastanti parti estreme in cui non mancano i classici cambi di tempo e ragnatele strumentali di scuola americana che si trasformano in passaggi atmosferici vicini al post rock (Solecism).

Mother Of Cain, la progressiva Erase, Delete, Annihilate o la devastante e brutale Cause of Disease (Sprouts of New Hate) sono parte della stessa anima musicale, sedotta dalla geniale interpretazione del genere da parte dei musicisti nostrani.

Senza fare paragoni scomodi vi invito all’ascolto di questo ottimo esempio di death metal che non trova barriere o confini delimitati, lasciando che i suoi creatori sfoghino tutta la loro ispirazione e tecnica e ci travolge con un’ora di musica estrema sopra la media.

 

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Formé en 2012 en Italie, le quintet Godless Enthropia a dévoilé le 28 avril dernier son premier album Tetracyclic Dominion, succédant ainsi à un premier EP parût en 2013. Le groupe a choisi de sortir ce disque à l'étiquette death metal "hybride" via Symbol Of Domination Prod et Hecatombe Records...

 

C'est en anglais que Godless Enthropia a décidé de chanter sur cette production aux quatorzes titres. Un disque donc conséquent que l'on pourrait pratiquement classer dans l'étroite convenance du "concept album" tant les thèmes abordés sont redondants. C'est sur une base de psychologie désordonnée, perturbée et perturbante que le groupe évolue au travers de titres au lexique tranché: Into The Asylum, Witch Burning Princess, Unpredictable Dementia, Dysphemic Phaenomenons, Third Eye Cauterized ou encore Cause Of Disease (Sprout Of New Hate) pour ne citer qu'eux.

 

Cependant, si l'album semble s'accorder sur une seule et même vision, les titres qui le composent semblent, eux, se dissocier en deux parties aux antipodes.

 

Des premiers titres on retiendra surtout une voix forte qui soutient avec brio une batterie brutale et quelques solos sympahtiques. Mais au délà de la découverte, une certaine linéarité ne tarde pas à se mettre en place... Mother Of Cain est l'illustration parfaite de ce sentiment. Le titre est intéressant mais les guitares semblent dissonner du reste de l'instrumental (contrairement à Into The Asylum dont la rythmique s'accorde parfaitement au thème du moceau et crée des fluctuations particulièrement sympathiques). L'écart entre les titres est très marqué et nous plonge dans une forme de doute quant à l'impression que nous laisse cette première partie du disque.

 

Dysphemic Phaenomenons offre une pause à mi-album en parfaite harmonie avec l'atmosphère ambiante, son piano résonne comme un écho instable et inquiétant... De quoi souffler, effacer les hésitations que nous ont laissé les premiers titres, et se préparer psychologiquement à la claque que va apporter la seconde moitié de l'album...

 

La deuxième partie de l'album commence avec le titre Third Eye, Cauterized où la voix sort de sa zone de confort et semble enfin trouver un équilibre avec l'instrumental (qui pour sa part se fait lourd et plus cohérent). Ici et là se dispersent quelques brèves mises en avant de la basse (Third Eye, Adynation The Height Of Eidos), le reste des instruments explorent des univers plus vastes et donnent tout son sens au nom "hybride" qui qualifie leur style. Le chant n'est pas en reste non plus et  se découvre d'avantage de titres en titres avec des passages au rythme soutenu et cassant (Adynation, Palace Of Fornication -titre le plus "death" de l'album- ou encore Cause Of Disease et son excellente intro). Solescism I (en collaboration avec Lord Jotun) sort du lot encore plus que les autres et -à l'aide de la voix claire du guest- permet d'explorer une autre facette des italiens, pas une facette arrangée pour le duo, mais bel et bien quelque chose qui leur correspond. L'alliance de la voix tantôt claire et tantôt criarde de l'invité se mêle avec aisance et complémentarité aux growl du leader italien. Revenons également sur Adynation, dont l'intro est sans aucun doute l'une des meilleures de l'album avec ce chant calé sur les guitares vertigineuses à en manquer d'oxygène.

 

Enfin The Height Of Eidos vient clôturer Tetracyclic Dominion de façon très intelligente, les cassures rythmiques et vocales amorçent la descente vers le silence avant un revirement de situation qui donnera naissance au solo le plus virulent de la production, avant l'apothéose finale sur sons électroniques.

 

 

 

Tu l'auras compris, le disque vaut le détours! Si les prémices laissent un arrière goût amer, la seconde partie de l'album quant à elle est la digne représentante de tout le travail fourni par le quintet. Entre les thèmes abordés, les influences panachées et l'exploration vocale des morceaux, il y a forcément un détails qui retiendra ton attention alors on ne t'en dis pas plus, mais fonce l'écouter!

 

 

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Italy has been providing some fantastic death metal these past few years, and Godless Enthropia may be one of their best offering yet. The band errs on the more abrasive and technical side of death metal, though they’re also quite inventive and unpredictable, in all the right ways. Generous and length and rock solid in quality, Tetracyclic Dominion delivers so much more than anyone could reasonably expect from any debut album. This actually came out in late April but only just landed on my radar this week – at any rate, it’s not too late to let this talented collection of musicians throttle you into oblivion!

 

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14 tracks long, Tetracyclic Dominion is a huge debut from the death metallers, Godless Enthropia. Through a combination of blazing riffs, ferocious vocals and mind-melting heaviness it never feels like it is dragging on though.

 

A raging start with Mother of Cain and Into the Asylum sets the stage for what is a brutalising listen, one that has little let-up. Godless Enthropia style of technical death metal is both familiar but unique enough to make them stand out on their own. Italy is providing some killer metal in recent years and these guys are proving they can hang with the best.

 

A non-stop, full throttle approach makes for an ear-bleeding listen as the likes of Witch Burning Princess, Erase Delete Annihilate, Third Eye Cauterized and Palace of Fornication deliver complex and intriguing levels of guitar wizardry. All while the harsh vocals and dirty drums put the exclamation point on things.

 

The will to leave their mark is strong throughout and the wide range of inventive rhythms, aggressive riffing and blasting metal depth sticks long after the album has finished. Godless Enthropia are a bright star in the sky, one that you get used to seeing until one day you look up and realise it’s getting closer and threatening to engulf all.

 

Accept your fate.

 

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Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Palace of Fornication. Please remove your clothes, lubricate yourselves from those vats of blood you see before you, drink from the goblets of bestial desire, and prepare for action.

 

Alternatively, keep your clothes on, find a comfy chair, and press play below. Godless Enthropia will welcome you to the Palace of Fornication in their own way.

 

The song of that name is one of 14 on their fascinating debut album, Tetracyclic Dominion, on which this Italian band embellish lethal death metal with head-twisting and brain mangling displays of progressivism. The album follows two previous EPs, 2013’s Dystopian Metaphors and 2014’s Politics of Fornication. It will be released on April 28th by Satanath Records’ sub-label Symbol Of Domination and Hecatombe Records.

 

True to its name, the song we’re premiering today radiates a kind of carnal heat, but it’s a rough trade we’re talking about. The music is fast and vicious, a blast of blazing, battering drumwork within an enveloping boil of saw-toothed riffage and red-eyed, raw-throated howling.

 

The song will also keep you off-balance. Flickerings of maniacal lead guitar come and go; there’s a slowdown that makes room for a bit of bubbling basswork and dismal, destabilizing melody, followed by a hallucinatory segment made of weird guitar notes and gasping bass tones. The band also provide doses of jackhammering groove, because of course… this is the palace of fornication.

 

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“Tetracyclic Dominion” opens up with a nice acoustic introduction with some subtle distorted chords, very subtle. They are the very few moments of rest that your ears will have listening to this effort. Yeah, I mean it. Godless Enthropia are a band which bounce moments of pure brutal death metal with some technical ones. More technical than brutal sometimes, but the band doesn’t forget to cruel at times. “Tetracyclic Dominion” is an album of fourteen tracks. Yeah, that’s right, fourteen tracks. The band doesn’t save them for the next opportunity. Well, in fact why doing so if no one knows the future and next effort could be only in a dream, or nightmare.

 

Most of them pretty rough and cruel as “Palace of Fornication,” but also with some moments of pure progressive delight as the intro of “Third Eye, Cauterized” and its interesting bass line. “Dysphemic  Phænomenons” is a track with come jazzistic influence with its weird piano and keyboard parts. It is a track that goes completely beyond the average Godless Enthropia track in a sense. But it gives you second thoughts when you see the bigger picture. Here we have a band that really tris to innovate and bring some new, and unusual, musical influences. Jazz, unlike other genres, is not so popular among Metal musicians. From where I’m standing, this kind of interchange is healthy to Metal in a greater sense. Add to that “Solecism I” and its vocals duets which happens to be triplet with a very subtle female voice in the middle of all the sonic mess. Acoustic sections win the day.

 

Godless Enthropia’s intent pleases me a lot. This idea of making the most brutal and cruel death metal with jazz influences, and technique, is wonderful. Of course, it’s not everybody who will notice it, but pay close attention to the musicians. Don’t they sound a little different? Those are the jazz influences. Only a  very talented band could bring up this kind of influence. Godless Enthropia’s guys are very talented musicians, undoubtfully.

 

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I should probably not be reviewing this album as my views on most modern death metal are pretty well known to most of our readers by now. But in case its your first time here – to sum it up I feel that there isn’t much fresh in modern death metal outside of a few great bands like Blood Incantation and Beyond Creation most of it is derivative and has been done before better but the earlier pioneers of the genre.

 

However with all that out of the way I would not be doing this blog or the band justice if I didn’t give this album a fair chance.

 

So what do ya think Alex?

 

Well I gotta say as much as I kinda despise a lot of modern death metal – this is a a great fucking album. While the guys are more than technically competent they do not play technicality for techniques sake alone. They do not play the none more brutal game either.There is a lot of variety between songs and there are a lot of twists and turns in the songs that will keep ya coming back time and time again for repeat listens

 

Would I buy this album if I saw it in a record store? Probably not – however does this album give me hope for the future of the Death metal genre? yes! absolutely

 

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