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Connate Exasperation - Delusional Primacy Award winner

Connate Exasperation
Delusional Primacy
by Kayla Hutton at 18 July 2018, 3:21 AM

Iranian death metalers CONNATE EXASPERATION have released their long-awaited debut album "Delusional Primacy" in July of 2018 via Sleaszy Rider Records. Having formed in 2009 and having only released an  E.P.'s worth of material, 2010's self-produced "Crypts of Decay," you can see why "Delusional Primacy" is so anticipated. "Delusional Primacy" doesn't disappoint. It's rather impressive. From start to finish this is the type of album that destroys everything in its wake, then returns to destroy the ashes. A corrosive and addictive playing style full of original technicality while honoring influential tradition, CONNATE EXASPERATION holds nothing back.

"Egoistic Demise" is blasting a snare while subtly rolling the kick drum, rather than a full onslaught this definitely messes with your perception of velocity. While the vocals are deep and throaty the words are still audible due to a mid-range pitch. The guitar riffs offer some tremolo picking, syncopation, and well-placed dynamics. "Egoistic Demise" instills a visceral notion that what is good is only going to get better. "Delusional Primacy" offers similar vocals to MALEVOLENT CREATION "Joe Black" era combined with a little ASPHYX "Crush the Cenotaph" era. As this album progresses so does the power and aggression behind the drums. Similiar to a tube amp warming up. The real focus here is on the chromatic chord progressions and a varied song structure. Unlike metalcore, they don't use these crazy transitions or change-ups. They make it sound so easy to switch directions that you will find yourself in a delayed head bob trying to keep time. The pace may be fast, but the rhythmic vocal pace in contrast with the rest of the song seems to balance into an overall new pace. Sounds weird, right? It's truly one of those things you have to hear for yourself.

"Hollow Mentality" is a very dark and haunting clean guitar line that works its way from low to high and high to mid and back to low adding some accented high notes in between. At only 36 seconds, I would've liked more to see what direction that could have taken. In other words, this track is a dick tease. "Labyrinth of Darkness" yet again begins with an experimental guitar concept that is unlike anything else offered on this album. A little less than full-on distortion yet still dirty combined with the addition of some delay create a sinister ambiance that becomes more horror-esque as it progresses. The eerie suspense is instilled as some higher pitched notes are added into the mix. And at 1:08 in length, another dick tease.

Something is up with "Hollow Mentality" and "Labyrinth of Darkness." They are not actual introduction style instrumentals. They stand out due to their unique originality and that they are a far cry from the rest of the brutal onslaught of strategic carnage. Throughout the album, it is very apparent that the guitar player isn't new. There are some obvious skills and techniques. Given that the two tracks are very proficient in creating an actual atmosphere and do provoke feelings of wicked darkness, why is not this awesome ability incorporated more into the rest of the tracks? Are they testing the waters to see if the experimentation is acceptable? Did they just need to fill space? Or are they purposely generating a curious interest that will ensure we will have to pick up the next album because we want more? "Delusional Primacy" is technical enough to be impressive but not too much so that it will alienate listeners and only have musicians as fans. There is a uniqueness in song structure that could very well be demographical or just their own creativity. Another thing to love about this album is the audio quality. I've heard this only a handful of times where the mix sounds current and is very clear,  plays well on headphones, pc speakers, and car stereos while still having that classic gritty and dirty death metal sound. It really aids in capturing the dark, brutal, and raw distortion of death metal without sounding like it was recorded in someone garage.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Egoistic Demise
2. Obsequious Supremacy
3. Delusional Primacy (Part 1)
4. Delusional Primacy (Part 2)
5. Hollow Mentality
6. Subsistence of the Bygone
7. Perdition
8. Labyrinth of Darkness
Sam - Guitars, Bass, Vocals
Milad - Guitars
Dara T - Drums
Parham - Bass
George Trakes - Session Drums
Record Label: Sleaszy Rider Records


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