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SUBVERSION

"Animi"

By Dr. Abner Mality

If you seek 100% modern metal played with the efficiency of a computer-controlled drill lathe, look no further. The rigidity and discipline needed to play this kind of math metal is staggering, but the music has no soul. "Animi" is a prime reason why I prefer the soul and passion of classic metal, despite its imperfections.

Subversion is definitely a "djent" type band. Just about every tune here is bristling with super choppy riffs that go "ka chunk, ka chunk"...so much so that the tunes blend together in a mass produced jumble. On top of this piston-like metal, the band adds melodic piano and synthesizer to create some eerieness. The keyboards are well integrated and without them, I would have found this unlistenable. The main vocals are the very typical hoarse roaring shout that so many modern bands sport....extremely monotonous to listen to. The melodic clean vocals in this case are better. Those are delivered with passion and flair. But it's not enough to win the day back from the dull roaring.

I find myself trying to be open to djent and math metal, but every time I hear it, I'm reminded why I prefer the likes of Priest, Venom and Motorhead. If you're heavy into Meshuggah, Tesseract and Periphery, you will certainly find something of worth in Subversion. They are not for me, though.