The Inherited Repression
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Released: February 2012
From: West Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Listen to the full album below
1) Carriers of the Plague
2) Forward to Submission
4) The Throne of Kings
5) Unmasking the Traitors
6) Become the Cult
7) From Scribe to Ashes
9) The Sleepers Have Awoken
Jason Peppiatt – Vocals
Joe Haley – Guitars
Cameron Grant – Bass
David Haley - Drums
A little back story before I continue, please indulge me, I have received many “check out this band” messages since I have known my new friend this, however, seemed different and perhaps a little sinister sounding… Psycroptic...??? I will admit I have never heard of them, sure I've heard of bands with similar sounding names. It isn't uncommon especially within this genre. Outfits vie for the most unusual and obscure sounding name, if just to be remembered (for something).
After a brief search, brief yes, in which I find it seems as though they've been mentioned a few times on this dizzying thing some call the WWW.
Hmmm... A hubbub, so why is it then that I've never heard of them?
I was quite taken aback when I pressed play.
The cover doesn't give much, if anything, away. Sure, it screams desolation, disastrous conditions and perhaps not many job openings for stylists within a chemical warfare type environment. Other than that though nothing, I could drum up some thoughts but they would bore most to the point of driving screwdrivers through their eye sockets.
So then what was I to expect?
The opening track places the space between your ears firmly in the center of a tornado. This is a whirling, twisting and untamed beast of a release (HA, that kinda rhymes!) that threatens to tear the flesh from your bones. The guitars tear through riffs ferociously as though through dead flesh with a well oiled chainsaw. The drums, WOW THE DRUMS, they beat a feverish and constantly changing rhythm to make any fan think instantly of genre giants like Dying Fetus, Origin or Misery Index. This album bursts at the seams with impressive melodies, technicality and even some acoustic introductions.
Can you tell yet I am beyond impressed?
A band I instantly thought of, but couldn't place the name of for an annoying long period of time, was Revocation. I detect the same style within guitar melodies and drumwork. They even share, at times, similar sounding vocals, though I'm not about to complain. Much like the aforementioned band their style is all about melody, speed and riffs you can find yourself lost in.
Another band I would liken them to is Woe of Tyrants as both feature wicked riffs-a-plenty although ‘Woe’ tend to be a might more traditional thrash oriented and feature more frequent and slower paced breaks within the lightening speed chaos.
The album has nine very impressive songs and plays at just over forty minutes, and I'll be damned if I can pick a favorite! As I'm about to decide upon one over another I remind myself of just how intricate, riff laden and majestic the last track was, I give up at this point!
From Scribe to Ashes is a particular track that reminds me of Revocation almost immediately. The interwoven riffs and melodies make one stand up and take notice or as I do flail my limbs as if they are covered in flames.
The next track, Deprivation, features a succession of chords that bring a European metal act to mind, and you've guessed it, I’ll be damned if I can place their name. The truly remarkable thing about this album is that it features only one guitarist. The riffs are technical, abundant and expertly crafted you would swear there were more musicians in the mix. An interesting tidbit is the album's recording which took place in the guitarist’s, Joe Haley, home studio.
As of this writing four members make up the band, two of which are brothers. A line up change took place in 2005 when the vocalist at the time, Matthew 'Chalky' Chalk, was replaced by Jason Peppiatt. This is the first release I have heard so not knowing the previous vocal style I cannot gauge or even argue as to whether this is an improvement or not. Peppiatt has vocal attributes similar to Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta, and seems a style associated more with hardcore and thrash rather than death metal but it works very well and adds a uniqueness to the band in a genre that's chock-a-block with cookie (monster) cutter vocalists who grunt and growl incoherently (although admittedly that's half the fun!) A palette cleanser then, if you will, and a nice change if only to be able to understand the vocals without digging out the lyrics booklet, an item which doesn't always accompany every release.
I'm hanging the Do Not Disturb sign.
Until next time…
Psycroptic - The Inherited Repression
I first discovered Psycroptic with their previous album, 2008’s Ob(servant). That album was heavy as all fuck leaning more on the death side of tech-death with sci-fi themes running throughout. That album along with Akeldama by The Faceless began my love of tech-death plus got me to dive further into death metal which I had been reluctant to do because I was a bit of a late comer to loving all things death metal (well most there’s still plenty of crap out there). So when songs began to leak out from The Inherited Repression on the metal sites that I haunt regularly (Metalsucks, Metal Injection et al) I got pretty excited. The first song I heard was The Throne Of Kings and wow, was it different from anything on Ob(servant) but leaned way further into my sweet spot than Psycroptic had prior to that. I couldn’t wait to hear more.
Joe Haley spent many hours tracking the guitar parts for The Inherited Repression to get them perfect and it paid off. The riffs on The Inherited Repression are intricate, technical and more importantly kick your metal loving ass! His brother’s (David) drumming shows the same level of commitment to technicality making the songs on the album a real feast for the ears. Obviously I recommended The Inherited Repression to Cult so, of course, I think it fucking rocks balls. I’m always happy to introduce a fellow metalhead to something that hits their sweet spot too which, in part, is the reason we decided to include album reviews on the site as Cult feels the same way.