2/2/18 Album Reviews: Long Distance Calling and Genocide Pact
"Order Of Torment" By Genocide Pact
Genre: Death Metal
Order Of Torment is the sophomore album from Washington D.C. trio Genocide Pact. Being a trio playing death metal, the band puts a big focus on groove and brutality over technical wizardry. And the approach pays off with growler/guitarist Tim being a sturdy riff machine that keeps things interesting over the album's eight tracks. The grooves are super catchy and when the band wants to turn up the heavy they have some slowed down sections that border on sludge. While not the most revolutionary style around the execution is well done with memorable riffs and quality percussion all put through a filter of aggression. It's a to the point death metal record that's plenty satisfying.
"Boundless" By Long Distance Calling
While instrumental music might not be to everyone's taste, Germany's Long Distance Calling is a band with enough talent to possibly change your mind. Boundless, like most of their work, puts a large focus on atmosphere. And just as the title suggests, the band branches into a variety of territory and are not bound to any one style. Most of the record is very calm and serene but has many moments of crescendo with tracks often starting minimal and simple before building into loud explosions of sound. All before coming back down to Earth again. Opening track "Out There" ebbs and flows gracefully from peaceful to heavy and features a riveting introduction to grab your attention at its very start. "Like A River" is anchored by a winding, folky, guitar line with the rest of the band freely working around it. Closing track "Skydivers" is a much heavier offering that builds in speed and aggression as it progresses, closing the record on a high note. The album is wonderfully cinematic and is well worth the listen for those looking for an album that displays a mastery of atmosphere.