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Psykotribe – The Devil’s Complex

The Devil's Complex
by Liam Easley at 23 April 2020, 12:22 AM

Contrary to first impressions made by the album artwork and overall image, PSYKOTRIBE was not a Nu Metal band. In fact, they played Death Metal. The band recently released their debut full-length “The Devil’s Complex,” and while it was interestingly Death Metal, it was still nothing special.

Live Evil” started with one of those tacky fade-ins that was so common in Nu Metal, but the music said otherwise by playing recycled Death Metal riffs. While the riffs were not close to noteworthy, it could be said that the band knew how to write a song. While it was nothing interesting, their lack of melodic creativity was not matched with a lack in songwriting ability, In fact, the track flowed rather well.

Lord of Death” picked up the pace with a very refreshing and melodic lead. The song was fresh at first, but it did tend to get repetitive. Nevertheless, it was one of the record’s strongest tracks. The soloing throughout the song may have been redundant, but it was cherished, as this same level of skill was not revisited.

It wasn’t until “Vengeance” when the music got interesting again. Until this moment, each track seemed to recycle the same ideas. “End It” was one of the few exceptions, as it altered between Death Metal and actual Nu Metal without transition or warning. The result was astonishingly poor songwriting. “Left Behind” also stood out, but this time it was due to the horrible vocal effects that seemed to plague the song.

Outside of these couple of flawed tracks, there was nothing fundamentally wrong with Psykotribe’s music. The only complaint to be had was the fact that it wasn’t interesting. It was like if JUNGLE ROT was just simplistic and not heavy. Or if BOLT THROWER wasn’t catchy and had no hooks.

After having regurgitated what seemed like the same few riffs for 40 minutes, the album ended. It was nothing horrible, but it was also nothing spectacular. If you have an interest in exploring the underground scene of Tampa, Florida, then, by all means, give them a listen. Besides, from what I can tell from their live footage, they have a great stage presence. Otherwise, there are plenty of bands that have done this before and have done it better.

On a side note, please check your album artwork for grammatical errors before publishing.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 6
Memorability: 6
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. Live Evil
2. Lord of Death
3. Faceless Killers
4. Devil’s Complex
5. Left Behind
6. Take Control
7. End It
8. Vengeance
9. Wicked White Lies
10. River of Knives
Dana Darkly – Vocals
Jakob Sin – Vocals
Chris Lewis – Lead Guitars
John Williams – Lead Guitars
Jamez Madness – Rhythm Guitars
Chad Zielesch – Bass
Adam Zielesch – Drums
Record Label: Independent


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