Solium Fatalis – Genetically Engineered To Enslave (2018)

Solium Fatalis

Genetically Engineered To Enslave

Disfigured Records/Andypants Music

Though the disc is only forty minutes, the performance from these slightly experimental/technical groove deathers feels quite a bit longer. “Threshold” starts the disc off with a bang as technical crunch melds in with light melodies and harsh vocal grunts. A guitar solo melds in halfway through the cut, to which it slows down to open up with another punishing cut in “Lake Of Extinction” which comes off as a well-structured death metal cut, with strategically placed vocals that make their mark whenever necessary. Maybe the screams are overdone in some sections as essentially there are some moments where the frontman is literally screaming just because he can and not a word is uttered there. But from what I read in a popular metal group yesterday, the kids don’t care about lyrics and consider the vocals another instrument (which makes me want to stab myself) so this approach should suit the “as long as its brutal” crowd well enough.

The thunderously heavy technicality of “Servile” comes off as another scorcher, with absolutely pummeling breakdowns that deathcore needs to take notes from. The band at times feel like they’re made of metal as these ten ton titans bring a sound with them that can sometimes resemble a fucking typhoon. The solo definitely adds notable sprinkles on what is already and incredibly fun track to listen to. There’s a lot of balls in this cut, I think. You know, before the synth atmosphere kinda ruins it, (structure is fine, but why take the piss and vinegar out of the end of your most threatening performance?) but “Synthon” seems to put things back on track, until more synth rolls into a very unexpected cut called “A Gathering Of Storms” which is actually made up of synth-atmosphere, female vocals and a later segue into thunderous doom/death. Her vocals are actually much stronger in the second half of the song, where she really shows her power and potential, right up there with A Sound Of Thunder if I’m being honest. There are still some harsh vocal nodes (and particularly in a raspy tone) but by that time, the song has worn out it’s welcome. These guys just don’t seem to know how to end songs.

“Factor Red” is also a cybernetic fist to the groin, but at least it ends well. “Dysmorphic” follows the same crunchy formula, which unfortunately has my under the assumption that this machine is running out of gas. It’s groovy, it’s fun – but we get it by now. Finally, “Chemical Reagent” comes in with a sound and style that doesn’t just resort to Captain Crunch – or at least, not right off the bat. There’s an attempt at some added harmonies and a rather nice distinctive crunch that ends out with some misty guitar effectual reverberation. Interesting, but I was also kind of like, “huh?” “Fiery The Angels Fell” manages to see a little more polish in the formula, especially in the beginning as notable harmonies roll out into an absolute inferno of machine gun drumming, fierce vocals and thunderous guitars. This one’s actually a bit weightier than “Servile” and it comes with an orgasmic guitar solo right near the end. The disc ends with what seems to be even heavier in “A Tongue To Taste The Collapse” or at least, at first.

As I said, Solium Fatalis are capable of being ten-ton robotic purveyors of groove and that’s apparent from this extremely meaty album. This thing is like an Arby’s Meat Mountain drizzled with liquid mercury and sprinkled with bolt shavings. Also, don’t do that, because you’re going to ruin a perfectly good heart att… I mean, sandwich. With the machine finally winding down, I think I’ve reached my verdict that Solium Fatalis are definitely one of the most potent death-groove acts I’ve seen, but they need to learn how end some of their song and how to differentiate even a little more than they have. It wouldn’t be good to release another record with tracks that sound too similar to this, as listeners would already have a copy – but then again, you also have those people who want to buy the same record again and again, so damned if you do in that case. Anyway, if you’re looking for ten tons of death groove that when played loud enough, could probably cause glass to break; you’re going to be interested in checking this one out at the link below.

(10 Tracks, 41:00)

7.5/10

Purchase HERE (Bandcamp)

7.5

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