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The Day Of The Beast – Indisputably Carnivorous

The Day Of The Beast
Indisputably Carnivorous
by Justin "Witty City" Wittenmeier at 16 August 2021, 6:36 AM

THE DAY OF THE BEAST is an extreme metal  band from Virgina. They formed in 2006 and "Indisputably Carnivorous" is their fourth full length album. They have also released four demos and an EP. The overall sound is on the more extreme sides of thrash but they also throw in elements of black, death, and even melodic death metal. With such genres mixed together, I thought the album would have more variety. While each song is serviceable and solid, there isn’t one track that stands out to me.

Although it is just forty five minutes long, the album feels much longer—it is very bloated and could have left off a couple of tracks. The production is too clean for the intensity too and that certainly doesn't help.  I’m not saying I don’t appreciate the unrelenting nature of the album’s sound—it is admirable how focused the band is on pure carnage.  But that comes at the cost memorable song writing—while I enjoyed my time while listening but I only kept going back to it for review purposes. Personally, nothing really sticks out to me.

However, the album does have some highlights.  The guitar solos are nicely done and are the highlight of each track, being a combination of catchy melody and thrashy energy. It could be argued these solos sound out of place (and that argument wouldn't necessarily be wrong), they do supply the songs with interesting moments. The first track, “Corruptor/Infestor,” is basically how the rest of that sounds.  If you enjoy that one, then that is a good thing for you.  If not, then nothing else after it will change your mind.  Much like the album itself, there isn’t anything wrong with the song other than all its good elements blend together to keep it from standing out, if that makes sense.

The title track, in places, is melodic death on steroids that also is addicted to injecting death and thrash into its self. The constant unrelenting speed and intensity in which the bands plays is impressive. "Disturbing Roars At Twilight," is made up of these types of riffs plus fast and crisp drumming, although the double bass needs to be louder to over power the vocals, which are way too loud.

Annihilation Prayer,” is one of the better tracks because I feel it strikes a good combination between thrash and black metal—unhampered aggression with nonstop speed. On the other side of the coin, the melody in “Judas In Hell Be Proud,” set up the track to be rather striking and it keeps that feel for the most part because of the way the melodies are injecting in between the more rhythmic parts

The way they switch on a dime between galloping metal riffs and speed metal almost gave me whiplash. Unfortunately all this focused aggression comes at the cost of song writing: every song sounds the same. You can put on any one song from this album and have a good ol' time but it isn't very fulfilling in the end. This is a fun album if you want some mindless entertainment but for those looking for more depth and staying power, this album isn't the best choice. In the end while it isn't a bad album, it also isn't very memorable.

Songwriting: 5
Musicianship: 5
Memorability: 5
Production:5

2 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Corruptor/Infestor
2. Disturbing Roars at Twilight
3. Indisputably Carnivorous
4. Enter the Witch House
5. Annihilation Prayer (Shallow By Thy Graves)
6. Venomous Procession
7. On Top Many Layers of Horror
8. Black Forms Materialize
9. Judas in Hell be Proud
10. On Wyverns Wings to Oblivion
Lineup:
Justin Shaw - Bass
Jeremy Bradley - Drums
Steve Redmond - Guitars
Steve Harris - Vocals
Bobby Phippins - Guitars
Record Label: Prosthetic Records
     


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