Album Review: Beneath The Massacre - Fearmonger

Artist: Beneath The Massacre

Album: Fearmonger

Genre: Technical Death Metal

Review by Steve Jenkins

Canadian technical death metal destroyers, Beneath The Massacre, have returned with their first album in a whopping eight years! Yes that's right, it has been like the tech-death version of waiting for the new Tool record, but this time Beneath The Massacre have absolutely crushed, destroyed and obliterated expectations with 'Fearmonger'.

There is absolutely no shortage of mind-blowing technical riffs, crazy time signatures and patterns, thunderous blast beats and scorching vocals on this new album. This is peak tech-death for those who enjoy everything sped up and then some, so right away you know that this is some of the most intense stuff out there. Standout tracks such as "Hidden In Plain Sight", "Of Gods And Machines" and "Rise Of The Fearmonger" are absolutely brutal and punishing from beginning to end. The guitar work on this album is absolutely ridiculous and insane, and I still can't fathom how anyone can play that fast with so much technical precision.

The vocals on 'Fearmonger' and just as proficient and brilliantly executed as the musicianship, with frontman Elliot Desgagnés acting as a machine gun with his venomous vocals whilst the music is the soundtrack for battle and destruction. His range is super impressive and despite most people just thinking of it as gutturals, there's actually quite some variety ranging from pitches, bellowing growls and shrill screams. So the vocals definitely factor in to the intensity of the bands music for sure, but is also an impressive element in its own right.

What Beneath The Massacre have created with 'Fearmonger' is seriously one of the best comebacks I've ever heard. Hitting everything from the tech-death you feel in love with a decade ago to brutal intensity without sacrificing any of their outstanding qualities. They've proven that a band can indeed create an absolute masterclass in music after not having released anything for eight years and it still holds up to anything else you'll hear in this genre.

There's not much to complain about on 'Fearmonger' as it is what it is, and that's a fast, brutal, technical death metal album, so they've nailed that right on the head. I think you really have to enjoy fast-paced technical death metal to enjoy this album due to the sheer velocity of the music. But you can't deny that this band is one of the most important bands to pull off this style of music - and that goes for past, present and hopefully the future as well. What a return for Beneath The Massacre!

Rating: 9 out of 10

'Fearmonger' will be released via Century Media Records on February 28th.

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