The Deathisodes – Inside the Universe of Horror

The Deathisodes
Inside The Universe of Horror
Released 21st June 2013
Melodic Death Metal/ Experimental Metal
Released via UKEM Records

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‘Inside The Universe of Horror’ is the second album from the Portsmouth-based, British melodic death metal artist Alex Loader aka The Deathisodes. It is the follow up to his debut ‘Destructive Patterns of Creation’ which came out last year and features several guest musicians.

First up is Dead Arising featuring guest vocals from Amma Robison (ex-Typheous). Muscially speaking it sounds like a bizarre mixture of Arch Enemy -style death metal, characterised by the growls and some techno-style keyboards. Not the worst of combinations, just not what you would expect from an supposed melodic death metal artist. It soon becomes apparent that the mastermind of the project, Mr. Loader, concentrates on playing either guitar or the drums on each track leaving the vocals and overall structure to the guest musicians. The end result is a complete hotch-potch of styles which varies depending on the song making the album sound very disjointed.

I’m really struggling to even classify this into a specific genre. There’s a mix of everything from: melodeath, metalcore, radio rock, techno, industrial-metal and even hints of power metal. For example, the power metal elements can be found in the guitar intro and the story-telling, Iced Earth -style vocals of Whitechapel Mystery. Then we have tracks like ‘Hellbound‘ with some weird sounding metalcore with industrial/techno-esque keyboards and Fear Factory -style guitar riffs, adding to the overall confusion that begs the question of what the hell was going on in the studio. Luckily there’s also the occasional melodic death metal track, such as Spectral Wasteland, which is easily one of the few highlights on here.

Each track seems to have a “life” of its own, trying desperately to make its mark and stand out in this ridiculous contraption of an album. It seems as though the “band” is going through a serious identity crisis and all the guest musicians do is add to pre-existing chaos. In fact, even the word “album” feels inappropriate here. The term “album” would imply some sense of cohesion and continuity; two things which this release is lacking. This is more like a compilation or soundtrack made up of individual songs by different artists based around a vague concept.

2/5

Iza Raittila

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