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Miscreance - Convergence Award winner

by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 26 October 2022, 3:06 PM

As SLAYER was a strong influence in the creation of Thrash/Death Metal, it’s not a sin to see the genre as a form of boosting the aggressiveness of the music far beyond the frontiers of Thrash Metal. And even after such long time, some bands still surprise the fans, as the Italian quartet MISCREANCE, as can be hear on “Convergence”, the band’s first album. The band’s music can be heard as a form of Technical Thrash Metal that uses brutal influences of classic Death Metal (especially of DEATH on “Spiritual Healing” / “Human” age, and PESTILENCE on “Testimony of the Ancients” era). That means that one can say that the band uses a very good technical level on its songs, along with unexpected arrangements and shifts on the songs’ tempos (pay attention to the clean parts used on the beginning of “Fall Apart” to have an idea). But it’s a brutal work, full of extreme hooks, and what lovely aggressiveness tempered with unexpected elements. The sonority is dry and evades the models used by Death Metal acts (those ones that boost the aggressiveness and distortion), using something better defined and that keeps an ‘Old School Death/Thrash Metal’ outfit. It’s a very good choice, although it could be done in a better way.

The album is very good on all its songs, but for having a taste of what to expect from your ears, you must listen to “Flame of Consciousness” (a technical and brutal song that has resemblances with early Technical Death Metal acts, with an omnipresent work of bass guitar and drums), “Fall Apart” (the guitar intro reminds a lot works of Fusion Rock, before becoming a brutal and aggressive song, but always with excellent guitar arrangements and solos), “No Empathy” and “The Garden” (both songs have an excellent contrasts between aggressive parts with technical moments, with some very good grunts entwined by a melodic sense) and “My Internment” are the right ones. For now, “Convergence” is showing that a new titan is arising in Italy. Listen to it, and check the talent and potential of MISCREANCE.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 10
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Flame of Consciousness
2. Fall Apart
3. Incubo
4. No Empathy
5. The Garden
6. Alchemy
7. My Internment
8. Requiem for Sanity
Andrea Feltrin - Drums, Vocals
Andrea Granauro - Guitars
Tommaso Cappelletti - Guitars
Emiliano Zinà - Bass
Record Label: Unspeakable Axe Records


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