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Review: Cocyte – The Human Disease

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Cocyte is a death metal band from Belgium who are releasing they new full-length on the first week of June. This album is not for those who enjoy light and easy listening. While this is not the heaviest or quickest or whatever else I have heard, it brings a lot to the table for the user to enjoy. It will be put out through Ultimate Massacre Productions’ Bandcamp!

There is a lot going on in The Human Disease that deserves to be commented on. First I want to say that the music is an interesting fusion of technical deathcore and death metal. That sounds strange, I know, but it’s too ‘core for death metal and too death metal for ‘core so it is what it is. Whatever it is, is great. The speed and drumming styles of death metal are present plus the breakdowns and vocals found in a lot of deathcore are present as well too. The technicality might vary a bit from what you may be used to in heavier music because it isn’t just thrown in and becomes part of riffs. There are formulated solos and bridges that were specifically placed in the songs to serve a purpose. The purpose varies on each track, I think. For example, on “Malevolent Urge” the technical sections are very brief, but there are more of them than in the few tracks before it. From what I pick up, the technical sections serve as spice and almost distractions. A techy lick might be added at the end of a measure as a way of marking the end of a section as a whole; what better way to demonstrate that than by making it sound fancy? That’s the spice. During the solos the instruments that aren’t the lead guitar play quicker and heavier, but they aren’t doing it in the background. Attention is meant to be brought to that heavy section and I think the solo, however brief it may be, brings attention to that whilst holding attention on itself. It’s quite interesting and done well.

 

“Malevolent Urge” is also a bit more on the deathcore side as it relies more on chugging and has a more deathcore structure to it. Most of the other songs are predominantly more death metal-ish. Ultimately it doesn’t matter because there is a mash of sub-genres going on throughout the entire album. Following the deathcore-y “Malevolent Urge” is “Hollow Cause,” which is a wonderful mash of a few sub-genres and is a perfect portrayal of what Cocyte’s music is like. This song is heavy, not too fast, and keeps you moving the entire time. I love the drumming on “Hallow Cause” because of the sleek strike pattern on the ride bell and how easily the drummer is able to work with the constant flow of music here.

The vocals sound painfully familiar to me, but I can’t pinpoint who they remind me of. It hardly matters because the point is I love the vocals. They sound like the vocalist came out of the womb with the ability to perform like this; they just sound so natural. Even the pig squeals, despite how brief they were, sounded so natural. It is strange to describe since there is nothing natural about metal vocals, but they honestly sound natural. The vocalist has a great flow and it works so well with any style Cocyte decides to play. With that said though, I find that they sound best in the faster songs and death metal sections like “Mechanical Refuge” and “The Human Disease.” The vocalist has a pretty decent range which you can hear briefly on most songs. For example, during speedy sections with tremolo-picking and blast beats you might hear the vocalist scream in a higher registry to add to the intensity rather than remaining in the mid-range like usual. The ranges are used appropriately, like everything else on The Human Disease.

Cocyte has a knack for songwriting: everything ties in so well with each other, the structures are solid, and they know how to make their individual style bleed through every aspect. As each song progresses it almost sounds as if the band is jamming out, but are all on the same page. So not only do the vocals sound really natural, but so do the songs’ structures. I enjoy every song on this album. There are two big complaints I have: the lack of audible bass and the interlude-type of tracks. If you’ve read my reviews before then you know I dislike interludes and tracks that aren’t real songs because I feel like they are a waste of time and resources. In The Human Disease specifically, I feel hindered and interrupted when an interlude plays because it is the only thing that stands between my ears and the next killer track. Think about it though: you go from neck-breaking intensity and your adrenaline builds from how hype you are for the next song to a boring and interjecting 40 seconds of quiet. It’s unnecessary and honestly really throws off the mojo on this great album.

All in all The Human Disease is a heavy album done really well (outside of those non-song tracks of course). It is unique and heavy in different ways. I love the thick and crunchy guitar tones, the vocals, and the drumming. I highly recommend this album if you like songs that take you on a bit of a journey. Definitely check out literally any song if you are interested, they are all great.

Rate: 9.6/10

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