"And So It Came to Pass"

By Thor

The U.K.’s Dyscarnate are upstarts in a genre that has, depending on how you look at it, grown relatively dynamic over the last decade.  In fact, death metal has actually been around long enough now that there exists what can be considered conventional death metal.  This is what Dyscarnate spews forth on their sophomore album, And So It Came to Pass.  And while they do nothing that changes the form, their execution of conventional death metal is outstanding.

The trio – comprised of guitarist/vocalist Tom Whitty, bassist/vocalist Henry Bates, and drummer Matt Unsworth, infuse massive groove into every song, which translates into power. This isn’t to say they play slow or even mid-tempo music.  They’re a fast band with plenty of blasts, but they apply groove texturally, playing halftime beats under riffs played at high tempos.  They also utilize well-placed 808 drops that, along with the rest of the album’s superior production, sound killer through a high end stereo.  

Aside from the opening track – The Weight of All Things, a short and ominous instrumental, the rest of the songs are indistinguishably homogenized into essentially one long track.  This isn’t a unique criticism within the genre and I’m not even sure it should be interpreted as one.  It’s sometimes more off-putting when an extreme musical outfit tries to be all things to everyone within an album.  Dyscarnate sticks with what works and it’s effective.

One of the virtues of playing a relatively conventional brand of death metal is that And So It Came to Pass is interesting and engaging from start to finish.  There are no passages of alienating weirdness or over the top abstractions to suffer through.  Every minute of every song is potent and aggressive musical muscle.  Extreme metal of all genres is at a point where execution must be given equal stead to innovation, as there is scant untamed territory left to explore.  Dyscartnate’s And So It Came to Pass is conventional death metal executed with earnest ferocity and impressive quality – enough to leave the impression of having experienced something new or at least extraordinary.