Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, September 15, 2013


Here's the thing, in this day and age, you can never go wrong with a plain and simple death metal recording. Sure, you can say the genre is stagnating, but if it is its stagnating gloriously. And moreover the new record from Insurrection, Prototype brings in new ideas to the genre with industrial influences and grooves that would put Lamb of God to shame. A band who respect the maxims of the genre while simultaneously creating their own kind of flesh ripping symphony is hard to come by in 2013 yet Insurrection pull it off audaciously.

What makes this record special is the tight riffs that are filled with an otherworldly power. They bring the whole thing up to eleven and add in melodies you might not normally hear in death metal. As you listen to Prototype you get the impression something greater is going on, something more. In many ways it feels like these guys have uncovered the spirit of death metal with songs like Abattoir. The staccato vocals and very precise guitar playing remind me of the sort of attack that the early death metal bands had. Yet simultaneously some of the melodic ideas could only have come from bands who started in the last few years. In other words, there is really a bit of everything to be had on this record. (Except acoustic parts, screw acoustic parts)

What I'm trying to say is that Insurrection may not be destroying boundaries but they sure are creating some stellar death metal. These guys sound fresh and brutal even if they are just building upon the monolith Death created. I think that the big highlight of the album is the stellar songwriting it really keeps me engaged. Put this in tandem with a variety of vocal styles (Which add a TON of flavor to the songs) and you have yourself a record that will keep you occupied for many a spin. These guys are just starting to get big, so jump on the bandwagon before it's too late!

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