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Review: Genocide District – Scourge

Orange County’s Genocide District may not match up with the taste of the djent/tech crowd. If you’re expecting a meticulous display of musicianship, complex song structure and a progressive feel, this is not your EP.

That does not mean that G.D. are not talented, don’t get me wrong – their blend of misanthropic death metal/hardcore is 100 % on point, especially if you’re into Harm’s Way, Xibalba, No Zodiac (to name a few).

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Interview with Genocide District!

Genre(s): Beatdown/Deathcore
Location: Orange County, CA
PSAB: Why did you choose the name “Genocide District” for you band?
GD: The name was chosen a long time ago by the brothers (Walter and Austin)
They said they just thought of some cool words and put them together and
it stuck over time. For me personally (Leland) I can think of a million
things that “Genocide District” can mean and that may reflect through
some of the lyrics that I’ve written in our songs.
PSAB: You recently released a new single, titled “Not Living, Just Existing.” How has the feedback been for that single?
GD: The version of “Not Living, Just Existing” that we released was pre pro
we had wrote a while back so we didn’t hype it up as much as we would of
liked to. On the other hand we have been getting great feedback from
the pre pro so far. A different mixed and mastered version of the song
along with a video made by DeadWolfDesigns will be released soon.
PSAB: As of this interview, you’re not signed to any record label. If
you had the choice to be signed to any label, which label would that
GD: It’d really depend on which label offers us the best options. Some of
these labels are so tempting to get on because the bands you see on them
seem to be doing so good but they
want so much of what you earn and produce as a band, it turns you off
to it. We’d rather keep pushing as a DIY band see what happens.
PSAB: How is the local metal scene in Orange County, CA?
GD: Shows in Orange County are off the hook. Face Your Maker and Seditionist
are killing it at the moment with their new releases. All the shows in
our area that we play with them continue to pop. We’re so lucky to be
from an area that puts out such great music.
PSAB: What bands did you listen to growing up, and do those bands play an influence in your music?
GD: We’re heavily influenced by Sepultura, Korn, Slipknot and System Of A
Down. We all listened to these bands growing up and it definitely shows
through our music.
PSAB: Do you have anything to say to your fans?
GD: Keep jamming our songs. Download that shit illegally, we don’t give a
fuck. All we want is for you guys to listen to our shit and mosh at our
shows. Learn the lyrics and shout em out. We’ll be in a city near you
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Unbibium – CXXII [REVIEW]

Genre(s): Progressive Deathcore
CXXII is Unbibium’s debut EP, and was released on May 1, 2014 through Razor Tooth Records. The band combines elements of beatdown hardcore and progressive metal to bring a heavy-hitting sound of progressive deathcore. However, even though it is on the side of heaviness, nothing really stands out in the EP. I will go more into detail later about that.
 The EP is seven tracks long and provides the listener with roughly 30 minutes worth of listening material. For the price they put on the album, it is worth the purchase. Unbibium combines elements beatdown with progressive metal, but in some songs there is more of one than the other. The more progressive songs on the album are “Obsession,” “Perilous Progress,” and “Monsters.” The others that are more on the beatdown side of things are “Lions,” “War Machine,” and “CXXII.” The last song, “Destroyer,” has a nice combination of both beatdown and progressive. That being said, “Destroyer” is my favorite song on the album.
CXXII is a solid EP and is a step in the right direction for Unbibium. They have released a well put together deathcore album, and the only thing they can do is improve upon CXXII with their next release. To reiterate what I said in the introduction, nothing really stood out to me in the album. I found myself listening to it and not realizing I was on the last song, as the songs sound very similar and mesh together in a listen through, even with the songs’ respective differences. Other than that, CXXII is well worth the asking fee, so pick it up if you’re into progressive deathcore with beatdown influences!Score: 3.5/5

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