Coming from the grim north of America,
these Seattle lads are raging forth and will become a force to be reckoned with.
Theories are a new ensemble that
will bring hatred and despair from the metal abyss. These four musicians have
created a top notch debut album which will be sure to please any superlative metal
music together, incorporating aspects of death metal and grind to create a
noise-laden fury; a cross between Anaal
Nathrakh’s obscure extremity and the hardcore tinged hooks of Hardships, creating a dynamic layout
that allows for varied musical ability to be dominant.
the mind frame of this band to be somewhere around the outskirts of societal
normality, even in the confines of the metal world. Metal Blade Records seems
to have taken an interest in this up-and-coming band and signed them, implying
that Theories shall be pushed to further degrees quickly to the joys of their
subject to the grind element straight away, kicking in with a concoction of all
sorts of heavy that barely leaves room for anything else. Continuing throughout
the album, this aggression never lets up except for the odd few bars of cymbal
flourishes every now and again. The musicianship is of a high standard and with
it comes a lot of technicalities, leaving your mind fully engaged and
attempting to isolate distinct rhythmical patterns.
Rewild” and “Landfill”
will lead you on a path of destruction with their fast aggressive fretwork
and constant battery of drums, which may just leave your ears a bloody mess. They’re
the more basic songs on the CD, mind, but still have the pure power to make it,
especially with the underlying screams of vocalist Rick Powell keeping the emotion deep and in the correct space. “Hell in Her Eyes” is the longest and
most atmospheric piece on the album, switching between a thrashier attack and a
more melodic section. The vocal line really stands out due to the dissonant
guitar melody, which makes for depressive notions and includes the switch-overs
between the pulse blasting away from the snare to the bass, making it a rather
interesting track which encapsulates me.
within ‘Regression’. It works really
well as a debut album and marks a milestone for musical tenacity within extreme
music. The hostility has the perfect edge to it, marking a great balance
between musical innovation and ferocity from the differentiating rhythmical
patterns to the melodic riffs and guttural vocal styles. The production is
standard, keeping focus on the important aspects of heavier music whilst not
allowing for the texture to fall flat or peak out of proportion. There is
always room for improvement and for boundaries to be pushed, so I look forward
to see what this band can do in the future now that they seem to have a
foundation set firmly in stone.