Chuck Schuldiner Project

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Joyless Jokers

Holy bottom end Batman! Here is a death metal band who know how to crush bones while still providing interesting and engaging melodies, how many modern groups can claim to do that properly? A destructive and gloriously violent group Joyless Jokers new record Taste of Victorys shows them as a band of death metal masters who do not fear invoking all of the power of the mosh pit in their glorious skull shredding attack. Toss in a couple touches of Symphonic death metal and one or two tiny techno bits and you have yourself a very unique, and groovy, death metal album that can not be missed.

The first thing that will strike you about this record is the mountains of groove, then, after a few songs you start to realize there is a bit more to this band than a giant bottom end and a Lamb of God inspired attack. Once your ear embraces the keyboard frills to the music and some of the more intricate melody lines the music takes on a whole new aura. Normally I might suggest the keys be turned up in the mix, but I actually prefer it this way, asides from one or two keyboard solos the pianist normally just adds flavor to the bands massive attack and keeps things interesting, helping differentiate the group in a crowded (and often dull) modern death metal scene.

In conclusion, if your looking for a death metal album that holds true to all of the raw brutality and evil of the genre while simultaneously adding some fun new interesting bits then this is the record for you. With manic riffing and crazy solos there is a lot to love with this record. Considering the sheer diversity present in its sound and you have to ask yourself, what's not to love? I for one very much embrace this new (And deadly) Italian combo. Their future should be bright and I sincerely hope that I get to see them on some sort of European tour in support of their new record!

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