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Plague Throat - The Human Paradox

Plague Throat
The Human Paradox
by Andrej Romic (Nekrst Fanzine) at 04 July 2017, 3:29 PM

I got to review once again an excellent release by the almighty, yet still pretty underground label Transcending Obscurity Records. Although this album was released by its sub-label, Transcending Obscurity India, you probably got what I meant. PLAGUE THROAT is an India (Shillong, Meghalaya) based Death Metal group, currently consisting of two members only, although there were originally three when the writing of this record was actual. The record came out on May 30th, 2017, and it was the follow up to their 2015 single “Dominion Breach”, which was a follow up to their debut EP “An Exordium to Contagion”, released in 2013. The band was originally formed in 2006, and they remained active until 2016, when they broke up for a short period of time, Metal Archives says it was due to concentrate on other projects. Unsure if this means on that short breakup or it’s a current one, although that wouldn’t make sense because they are active. Lots of reviewers praised this album, so I have to spin it a few times to see what the fuzz is about, not that I doubt any of the good critics.

I won’t go through the entire album, but some of the songs that are available for listening on their Bandcamp page. “Inherited Failure” starts right off with the echoes of cymbals, a lot of groovy Death Metal riff-work which remains instrumental at the very start. The vocals do sound a lot Groove oriented plus they are energetic, powerful, and “jumpy”. I hear some modern influences, where the song slows down just to introduce some nasty Slamming riffs. It’s an okay song for a start. “Fallible Transgression” is much-much faster, the blast-beats show up for the first time, the vocals are a bit different, might be a guest vocalist or just a change in style. “Hour of Darkness” is completely out of this world, leaving everything you knew about this band behind. It’s the third song in a row that doesn’t sound like the previous ones. It’s much more complex, adding a bit of a spicy technicality to itself. Shortly, I was amazed by this record. It’s really experimental, and it thrives on new things, adding some older influences, but mostly it’s original and fresh! Death Metal does sound dull these days, but not on this album – not by these guys. They really know their jobs.

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

4 Star Rating

1.Inherited Failure
2.Dominion Breach
3.Fallible Transgression
4.The Human Paradox
5.Hour of Darkness
7.Truth in Silence
8.Conception Subjection
9.Conflict Resolution
10.Ma Nga
Dolreich Bianglang Kharmawphlang - Drums
Nangsan Lyngwa - Vocals, Guitars
Jerry Nelson Ranee - Bass
Record Label: Transcending Obscurity Records


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