Sunday, May 26, 2013

Reptilian Death - The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence- Album Review

Year: 2013

Sahil 'The Demonstealer' Makijha seems to be a very busy man indeed. Many people consider him to be the face of the Indian Metal Scene and one can see why. He is an active member of not one, but four different bands and he is constantly touring and releasing new material. This year has already seen a release from his comedy rock project, Workshop. Now, Sahil has rebooted his death metal project, Reptilian Death. What started out as a parody act, has now become something serious. 

Reptilian Death, is a Death Metal band from Mumbai, India. They have one full length and three EP's in their discography. 'The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence', their second full length and their first non-parody album was released on 25th May, 2013 through Universal Music India.

Ever since the big reveal of Vinay Venkatesh of Bhayanak Maut as their new vocalist, the expectations for this album have been quite high. This album, fails to live up to such high expectations. This is a very sub-par effort from the man who brought us Demonic Resurrection. 

There are a number of elements in this album that makes it a very average record. The one to top that list has to be the very thin guitar sound. For a band that plays death metal, the guitar sound is way too low in the mix and one has to strain to hear it. The drum sound, at many instances, overpowers the guitar sound completely.

The drumming is handled well, but when the band maintains the same trend of tempo throughout the album, it becomes very monotonous. At times, there is feeling that the double bass beats have been overused. The guitar riffs are bland and fail to sink in the hook. Even after numerous listens, it remains very difficult to differentiate one song from the other.

On the other hand, the vocals succeed in sounding gory and it suits the atmosphere. The vocal work stands out to be the highlight of the entire album. The other praise worthy element in this record are the guest solos performed by Demonic Resurrection guitarist Daniel Kenneth Rego, on the tracks 'O' and 'Emergence: The World, Your Playground'. The solo on the latter song is very melodic and the composition is very beautiful. Then there is the brilliant artwork which is the creation of Michal "Xaay" Lornac. Sadly, these are the only few positive features of the record.

The primary complaint with this album is the lack of variation in the music. There are not enough moments to make the songs memorable. The album leaves you with the feel that the songwriting was done in a very  rushed and hurried manner. If more time had been devoted to the writing, the end result could have been completely different.

In the end, 'The Dawn Of Consummation And Emergence' stands as a very mediocre and monotonous record.

Rating: 50%

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