"Engage the Mechanicality"

By Thor

I'd gotten used to seeing the name Diskreet pop up while perusing the latest dirt on the death metal scene, but until this band's latest album "Engage The Mechanicality" showed up in my inbox, I'd not had the opportunity to check them out. Let me be the first to admit, I didn't know what I was missing and discovering these guys is most definitely better late than never. Featuring 11 ferocious songs including "Valley of the Kings", "Spinal Cord Collection" and "Human Harvest", this album is both furious and heavy as it boasts musicianship of the highest order.

Diskreet is modern day death metal that's firing on all cylinders. Stylistically, these guys are dynamic.  There are distinct influences including Necrophagist, Decapitated  and late era Suffocation.  Stephen Babcock's vocals are articulate midrange gutturals most of the time, accented with manic highs throughout. The guitar work by axe-wielding maniacs Garren Andres and Malcolm Pugh is outstanding, incorporating elements of both melodic death metal and brutal death metal while utilizing chops that are as impressive as any I've heard in the context of actual songs. The rhythm section consists of drummer Andy Taylor and bassist Dustin Albright. Despite attaining warp speed on a regular basis, the tempos are varied enough to keep boredom from setting in and the percussive patterns feature an array of impressive footwork and some tasty fills. As is usually the case, the bass lines are nearly inaudible but it's clear that Albright is weaving the incredible guitar passages to the drum parts by playing some of the most technical and dexterous bass riffs imaginable.

The one weakness of "Engage The Mechanicality" is its production. Strangely, it sounds perfect, which is only a problem because it's too perfect. The album is overproduced...the punches too clean, the tempos too consistent and overall, the delivery is too mechanical, no pun intended. There's no sense that this is a band playing these songs but rather a collection of evil cyborgs. Diskreet is not an anomaly as this is a common problem in all forms of extreme metal since the ProTools revolution. (I suggest a listen to Bastard Priest for a quick cure--Dr. M) Don't get me wrong, I'm a stickler for quality production and a good sounding album, but if you remove all organic properties from music, the result is sapped of its visceral energy.

The album's sterile production aside, "Engage The Mechanicality" is truly impressive.  Diskreet play death metal as well as any band out there, utilizing all the trappings available and in interesting ways.  Diskreet's latest offering is an 11-track showcase of the band's approach to blasphemous music and it should appeal to a wide range of death metal fans.