If I were to behave like one of those online keyboard warriors who are obsessive about getting a genre right, I would probably call this album industrial blackened death nintendocore. But I’m not gonna do that. Bluntface Records once again offer a genre bending release in the form of Arkansas, USA based two piece Critical Dismemberment’s latest output, ‘Feel my Wrath and Tremble’. If your familiar with this label, then you know you’re in for music that you simply cannot nail down under one genre label. What Critical Dismemberment exhibit here is blackened death metal with a healthy dose of electronic elements and a production that gives it a very industrial feel.
The band waste no time with long elaborate introductions in ‘The Coming’ and get straight to action with the title track of the EP. The programmed drums and the murky production give a very eerie industrial feel to the sound. The guitar work starts out simple enough, but builds up to some sweep picking insanity. This is one of the few bands that know how to properly utilize a breakdown in a song.
The vocals have that blackened characteristic to them as they are rasped rather than growled. The electronic elements, especially the ones that complement the guitar tone, is used in moderation and it does not feel over used. An example for this would be the track ‘The Damnation of Elizabeth’ where the electronic tweaks are heard only in tandem with the guitar interludes.
There is room for improvement when it comes to the mixing, especially with regards to the vocals. It could have been higher in the mix, giving it more power than what is heard on this EP. While the drums on the record work well enough with the music, one can clearly feel that the band could benefit from a full time man behind the kit, one that can make use of the room for improvisation in a proper way.
‘Feel my Wrath and Tremble’ is a record that exhibits influences from all across the metal spectrum, in a way that it all flows well together. A definite must listen for seekers of new sounds.