Uncreation – The Great Delusion (2014)

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Australia band Uncreation combines several underground metal styles: trudging death metal in the Immolation style, bursting speed metal like Artillery, and technical death metal for transitions. Avoiding explicit hard rock, it cycles between different ideas compatible with death metal, but focuses too much on trudging beats like the Suffocation clones of the late 1990s. Technically adept, with highly proficient drumming, the band makes good work of these many styles and throws in some excellent riffs with an eye for transitions that increase emotional momentum even when slowing down. Vocals are of the raspy chihuahua-on-meth variety interpersed with the basement toad guttural that paces the beat during trudging parts. Within The Great Delusion is a promising album, buried under too much trope, with not enough emphasis placed on cultivating a mood and developing it instead of using it as a conduit to return to the trudge. Apparently the band has disbanded after the untimely death of their drummer Rowley Hill, and has made this album available for free and legal download.

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One thought on “Uncreation – The Great Delusion (2014)”

  1. Richard Head says:

    These tracks are mp3, have a bitrate of ~290.

    This review gives the band too much credit. The Suffocation influence is indirect if present at all. Drumming is proficient in that it keeps time correctly, but a simple computer program could be (or is) doing that. Transitions are usually steady though their main method of writing songs seems to be this: Play simple descending or ascending chromatic tremolo melodies until they get boring, then drop to a slower tempo and play muted chords instead. Then do it again. The vocals are of the typical deathcore ilk; cheesy gurgles most of the time, then sometimes really dry, high-pitched screeches that no man should be proud of being able to produce. But always gurgles during the slow parts. The predictability made me really anxious to stop listening by the 4th track but there were enough occasionally cool riffs (always tremolo picked) to encourage me to continue.

    Please avoid this. There is no promise here. This is extremely stagnant music. Shame about their drummer (that’s a pretty badass way to die) but it is no great loss that the group disbanded.

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