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Review: AngelMaker – Dissentient

Angelmaker, the six piece deathcore band from British Columbia, has recently released their monstrous debut album Dissentient, which you can purchase on Bandcamp. This album is for hardcore fans of loud, devastating, and ominous deathcore.

Angelmaker has revamped and refined their sound, utilizing various vocal styles with two vocalists (pig squeals amongst them), adding in death metal inspired riffs, and a technical yet melodic guitar style that forces you to bang your head. The mix gives a nice blend of shrieking vocals, tightly blast beating drums, and even some excellent bass exposure. Their bass player has a really smooth, yet thrashy and dark sound (like in their epic instrumental “Citadel”) that nicely compliments the in-your-face guitar harmonies.

What’s really interesting about this Angelmaker album is how the band pulls from a multitude of different metal sub-genres to use with their bold, broken-down, and blast-beaten deathcore sound they had previously established with their EP entitled “Decay”. Their vocalists demonstrate this as they perform demonic lows, clean and screechy highs, pig squeals, brutal gutturals in a slam metal style, and even some interesting mids in a multitude of pitches and varieties.

It is also apparent that the band pulls from thrash metal for some of the drum patterns, death metal riffing, and even some black metal/Satanic sounding blast beats. The first track of the album, “Godless”, portrays the vocal range with rapid, yet accurate changes in style. The dark guttural after the Satanic sounding “fuck your faith” is astoundingly low, distinctive, and just crazy. The vocals match up perfectly with the tight rhythmic sound the rest of the band members produces in a purely chaotic, eerie piece of music.

Even with such a serious and dark vibe displayed throughout the album, Angelmaker definitely throws in a couple of funny aspects. The introduction to the title track “Dissentient” is a properly placed male voice stating “This shit is fucking crazy”. In all honesty, I had to pause the music to just laugh and appreciate how accurate that statement was. After witnessing the onslaught of groovy drum patterns in “No Haven”, the blackened sounding guitar melodies of “A Dark Omen”, and the raw, thrashing brutality of ” E.L.E”, I was in complete agreement that the album is, in fact, fucking crazy.

Humor is also plentiful with their song “Shia LaBeouf”, a tune written about murder for the glory of Shia LaBeouf.  The lyrics describe how the band wants to watch someone hang from a noose, bludgeoning him, watching him beg for mercy, etc. It’s just really hysterical to listen to and think the AngelMaker wrote it in honor of Shia LaBeouf, not aimed at him.

The song that changes up the whole album though is “Citadel”, which is an instrumental piece. This song quiets down into this soft and enticing guitar line followed by the addition of a low, sexy bass guitar line that really sucks the listener in. As the drums become more intricate and exciting, the song gains momentum and gets louder too. The guitar parts are gorgeously composed with harmonies and solos into this ambient, symphonic breakdown. Post breakdown, the song slows back down into a different guitar and bass duo that is euphoric to experience. Once again, the song gains speed into a final, epic guitar solo that finishes off in a death metal style riff to reassure the listener that the brutality is not over yet. Music like this restores my faith in metal instrumentation; it assures me that there is still room for originality in the deathcore scene.

After “Shia LaBeouf” though, the album stays strong to the end, with the awkward rhythmic feel of “Into Oblivion”, the very slamming ” Abysmal”, and the great end piece “Leech”. “Leech” is a really interesting track because the intro is inspiring and motivating to scream with the band. After the intro, the various guitar licks give the listener a feeling as if the end is upon them. It’s a devastating feeling, and it almost has a hopelessness vibe to it. The song also features more crazy vocals, a nice bass groove, and some really heavy breakdowns that reassure the listener that that album was absolutely worth listening to from start to end.

Angelmaker is a band for fans of Acrania and Whitechapel in terms of the rhythmic and pitch obscurity in the vocal work, and the instrumentals remind me of I Declare War, Aversions Crown, and a little bit of Rings of Saturn. It’s a really strange mixture and it is difficult to compare their sound with other bands.

In terms of my criticisms, I would only wish for a little more variety in the drums and more pig squeals (because those squeals are damn good, ladies and gentlemen). Angelmaker has definitely changed it up with this debut album, and I hope to see these guys out on the road soon.

Rate: 9/10

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  • Jacob on

    I love this band.

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