DEVOLVED - Reprisal
GENRE: Technical death metal
LABEL: Unique Leader Records
YEAR: November 20th, 2012
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Unique Leader Records
I didn't like Devolved's previous CD Oblivion much. I really disliked the Fear Factory inspiration and the clean Burton C. Bell type of vocals. It made it all very cheesy. The band hasn't entirely let go of its adoration of Fear Factory on Reprisal, but things has gotten a lot better. Gone are the annoying clean vocals and overall the songs are much better written this time.
But something that hit me right away was the production. It all sounds sterile and non-natural. In particular the drums have a sterile and computer-like ring to them. It's not very different from the sound of Fear Factory or Meshuggah.
I miss a more juicy and beefy type of production, but then again it does sustain the industrial inputs that are in the music. But as whole I think the band has matured in terms of song-writing. The riffs and parts are better, and the music in general a lot more interesting. The samples used on "Reprisal of the Damned" makes me think of Cephalic Carnage and I find that positive.
I think Reprisal is a fine effort. There's a lot interesting going on in the songs, but there are also things in the music that I doesn't like at all. If you liked Oblivion then you'll love Reprisal as it's a much better and mature effort.