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Deiquistor – Humanoid

by Quinten Serna at 08 April 2021, 6:12 PM

From the murky depths of an abyss left undiscovered arises DEIQUISTOR containing a wrath and ­disdain fit for directionless murder and mayhem. Humanoid follows their EP from last year and provides a solid cushion as fans await their 4th album.

The EP begins with the track “World In Flames” which itself starts with rolling noise that segues the beginning of the band jumping into the drifting silence. The whole of the song is a fanatical progression foretelling the end of days due to a global annihilation wrought upon by the hubris of our species wherein the focus is given to the speaker idealizing himself as the foreteller and guardian of ruin yet to come. “Autonomous Warfare” begins hurried and without refrain mixing the noise of cymbals and overdrive with disharmony; the constant shift between slow and fast matches in tone the theming of the lyrics which represent distention and unabated rage. “Empyrean Lifeform” begins with the whole of the band at peak loudness as each one sits near the same volume but distinguished by their sonic niches, the progression of the track feels sinister in effect as it constantly shifts between a steady incline to that of a marching progression; the lyrics in detail describe extermination of the human race via alien parasites.

The fidelity of the instruments put forth on the EP is something quite interesting as it incorporates the sensibilities of being jarring, disharmonic, and plain loud but does so in such a way that each playing part remains in its niche independent of interrupting one another. The bass is a powerful beast that immediately wrests your attention upon hearing any of the music, it’s overtly stoic form permeates every song with a deep saturation; the guitars feel ragged, broken, and overdriven to the point where they sound as being self-inflictive and desperately enraged possessing more emotive qualities to them than a good amount of singers; the drums are the odd man out as despite their bringing the rest of the instruments together they still contain a sound of something analogue to being recorded in a storm drain; and lastly the vocals are particularly insane as the singer falls more into the line of exploring glottal and epiglottal compression like BRENDON SMALL which makes his voice particularly clear and less gritty.

The EP took me by surprise having never heard the band, it’s an odd mixture of restricted writing and overloaded instruments creating something that has a wholly unique kind of feel to it, which is alarmingly impressive considering the sheer amount of different tones in the genre. I’d recommend this without hesitation both to anyone who loves Death Metal and anyone who wants to get into the genre.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 7

4 Star Rating

1. World In Flames
2. Autonomous Warfare
3. Below The Frozen Tundra
4. Empyrean Lifeform
5. Dictate The Believers
6. Blinded By Wisdom
DA – Bass and Backing Vocals
HBC – Drums and Backing Vocals
TFJ – Guitars and Vocals
Record Label: Dark Descent Records


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