It is impossible not to be impressed and driven by enthusiasm in recommending all to check out the second album from Polish death metallers Masachist. Wearing its influences like proud badges, Scorned is a thrilling vigorous ride of corruptive spite and destructive passion driven through the senses with rabid intensity and skilled violation. The band pulled strong acclaim upon themselves with their outstanding debut album Death March Fury three years ago and has repeated the act with what one assumes will be similar if not further elevated rewards in its wake too.
Formed by ex-Azarath and ex-Yattering guitarist Thrufel, the band slowly took shape as the search for like-minded members for the musician proved less than simple. 2007 though saw a turning point for the project with the addition of drummer Daray (Dimmu Borgir, ex-Vader, Vesania), the pair soon writing two tracks for a promo. Bassist Heinrich (Vesania, ex-Decapitated, ex-UnSun) and guitarist Aro (Shadows Land, Torquemada) were the next additions to the line-up with finally vocalist Pig (Anal Stench, ex-Decapitated) bringing his corrosive and malice dripping tones to the band to complete the compliment before the band surged into making their debut album. Between the two releases Masachist also chose to play three exclusive gigs, two of which were as the support to French band Gojira, and at the beginning of 2012 they were part of Covan Wake the Fuck Up.
Released through Selfmadegod Records digitally and Godz of War Productions physically, Scorned smothers the ears with thick exhaustive intensity and thunderous rhythms wrapped in atmospheric blackened breath and incisive fiery riffs through opener Drilling The Nerve, a title apt for the effect of the album let alone the song. It is a slowly squeezing expansive weight rather than an outright onslaught with the vocals of Pig scarring flesh with his bile seeping delivery and the compelling bass of Heinrich an ebbing and flowing predator darkening the already oppressive shadows. It is an excellent start which evokes thoughts and emotions whilst one is buckling slightly under the ominous voice of the track. With sizzling guitar play within ever shifting energies and pace let alone intent, it is an immense proposition to start things off but only the beginning of the corrosion.
The following unpredictable and ravenous The Process Of Elimination and its successor Straight And Narrow Path both turn up the sonic heat with accelerated energy and all their muscles focused on thrashing the senses. Throughout though the music twists and turns within the ear and often in on itself, to offer a magnetic and compelling unpredictable dance of brutality. The second of the pair especially is a constantly moving creature, its shifting personality whilst staying within its sinewy frame and directive, a fire of caustic breath veined by a delicious tight groove. The wrong footing break midway is an extra treat of misdirection ensuring you return to the song again and again to fully absorb it and the surrounding infectious abrasion whilst discovering its malevolent intent.
Though some tracks do not quite live up to the high quality of others, the likes of the insatiable and insidious Manifesto (100% D.M.K.M.) and the sonic tsunami Opposing Normality less gripping compared to those mentioned before and others like Higher Authority, they are for the main contagious brutes of accomplished and pleasing power and invention, and all standing heads above many other offerings from other genre bands this year. This combines for an album which just fires up the passions from start to finish, a release which feels like a living ever shifting beast with each caustic endeavour and returning engagement.
The album concludes with firstly the two part Liberation, its first part a sonic predator you cower from whilst beckoning it in further and the second an evocative and distorted blister of sound, and finally the only track which failed to impress, Inner Void. It is a track with a wealth of outstanding features, ideas, and sounds but it does not connect like any of the others with emotions and thoughts. It is a song though which needs time and multiple returns to delve within its heart and one which does emerge with more persuasive results over time.
In a year where there have been many impressive death metal releases there has not been as many which inspire and provoke the depth of pleasure and reactions as Scorned, so all we can suggest is that you too let Masachist loose on your minds and souls.
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