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SLAUGHTER BRUTE "Systematic Transmutations"

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Just when Brutal Death Metal was not tricky enough, Slaughter Brute have added more technical possibilities to the already complex genre, as proven with their sophomore face-punching piece of musical architecture, the Ukrainians deliver "Systematic Transmutations" in a simple way, mixing traditional Suffocation with the modern Vader and enveloping the sound into something that is beyond this world, chaotic and yet ironically brutal. "Systematic Transmutations" is by far the greatest Brutal Death Metal album from the Ukraine to date and as for Slaughter Brute, well their time has come to storm around Europe and deliver a taste of Eastern Europe.

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SLAUGHTER BRUTE "Systematic Transmutations"

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Uh... this appears to be a pretty tough release to review. Ukrainian SLAUGHTER BRUTE play the kind of brutal Death Metal that are not easy to digest at all. The bands overly technical, partly jazzy and progressive Death Metal drops down into the same pool where bands like NECROPHAGIST, OBSCURA, PSYCROPTIC and such names, suck in their most twisted technical ideas - and eventually use them in their own songwriting processes. SLAUGHTER BRUTEs unorthodox and nearly acrobatic Death Metal, accompanied with some digital effects here and there - like adding even more plain obscurity to their challenging Death Metal performance overall on this 2nd full-length album of theirs, pushes a listener against that one troublesome corner where you may start feeling the whole outcome of "Systematic Transmutations" could be probably too much to handle just during one listening session. I mean, there is so much going on within SLAUGHTER BRUTEs technically challenging songs that momentarily you may feel like throwing the disc out of the window without any regrets, just saying to yourself with a mild voice: "Now that was a good riddance...". A clear, lurking danger is that listening to this type of stuff may get you exhausted sooner than you would even expect. With a more rested and focused mind, however, you get surely a more rewarding listening experience when spinning "Systematic Transmutations" in your music player. In other words, this album demands pretty much from its listener but with the right state of mind one may enjoy the heck out it for sure. I do not wanna go on and explain more about the discs harder side of reaching enjoyment, but undoubtedly for the fans of modern technical and experimental Death Metal, here is definitely something worth checking out.

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SLAUGHTER BRUTE "Systematic Transmutations"

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With a handle like Slaughter Brute, you would expect this Ukrainian act to pull out all the stops and deliver one of the most grinding, grueling and grotesque experiences in death metal. And yet, there is a curious level of refinement to their compositional skills which renders their sophomore outing Systematic Transmutations slightly less crushing and more adventurous than I was predicting. Not that it is necessarily anything new in terms of technique or versatility, but there is just so much happening on this album that you are never given a moments breath to think much about it. Of course, all of the traits common to brutal/tech death metal are present: pavement pounding double bass beats, guttural barked vocals, punching grooves and arpeggio skills all collapse into a controlled chaos. This is 100% one of those mildly progressive, surgical and scientific albums which is not going to appeal to anyone whose idea of death metal ends at around 1993 and can not seem to stomach anything that is not simply an endless recycling of those early aesthetics. Slaughter Brute has far more in common with acts like Spawn of Possession, Psycroptic, Necrophagist and Beyond Creation than Grave and Incantation. Systematic Transmutations is also a pretty clean recording, with little atmospherically occurring beyond the instruments themselves. The harried, machine gun percussion is polished and placed straight against the ears, while the guitars tone is thin and punchy enough to handle the rhythmic acrobatics, with plenty of digitized effects on the lead harmonies and upstart melodies to counteract the mute-streams and picking spasms. The bassist is particularly good, shifting between a low tone and some plunkier hysterics, and I found myself often following what he was rolling out beneath the frenetic arpeggios and contained chugging sequences. In truth, all of the instrumentation is up front and personal, clean but not so sterilized that it does not feel reproducible in a live environment, and if you think about it, this is fairly essential for a band performing which such precision timing. The lyrics revolve around mind control and other forms of scary experimentation, dystopian technologies and a few traumatic situations like "Victim of Incest", so it is not strictly the gore, rape, and necrophiliac violation; it may, at times, actually try to make a point, and it is clearly more unique and interesting than their first album. Though the bands logo and the title font here are kinda cheap looking, the artwork is quite excellent, an H.R. Giger-styled fusion of bio-organic forms and machinery with a sexy symmetry that provides almost an optical illusion. Ultimately, I got quite a lot out of the record after numerous listens, with particular favorites in "Not Learned Integrants", "Hypoxemia Neural Phenom" and "Cyanotic Purulence". The intro and interlude pieces are well done, short ambient segues which reflect the bands futuristic ideas. It is neither perfect or incredibly memorable, and it would not be for everyone, since it is almost the antithesis of the Autopsy and Incantation worship currently trending; but if you are open to this sort of spurious and clinical modern death, then these guys should be added to your radar.

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