Strangle Wire – The Dark Triad

Strangle Wire are a northern Irish four piece band that follow the Slipknot tradition of naming each other numerically. The band claims to play psychological death metal with influences from Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus and Sinister.  However, none of Sinister’s music appears here and this is typical Nu-Death metal.

Abstract titles and themes of psychology are absent from the music as the most standard brutal death metal sound emerges from the speakers.  Low tuned chugging guitars mixed with the bass as sampled drums dominate the sound. The vocals are far too processed and could be confused with any modern death metal singer.  The sound shows a great understanding of recording without any budget but sheds its identity for perfect clarity.

The music was probably made by some software as there is no more than four different ideas on the album. Disgorge anti-riffs more commonly known as br00tal slams repeated for what feels like hours at a time are the main tool on display.  Their syncopated and muted nature are very danceable but do not offer anything else.  Punk power chord riffs pick up from the anti riffs to lead to and from generic blast beats and tremolo riffs.  The only interesting part is in the track “Psychopathic Blue” where both guitars play a harmony.  There are some attempts at creating atmosphere through riffs and leads but all of these ideas remain undeveloped and are sandwiched by idiocy.

The Northern Ireland scene is in terrible shape if this is what is constituted as death metal made by veterans.  This is death metal through a deathcore and nu metal filter being almost identical in sound and image to Benighted. Where Benighted would use pop song arrangements to maintain some form of coherence Strangle Wire are completely devoid of any understanding of song structure.  Nu metal bands who steal death metal aesthetics are good at making their breakdowns and choruses the focal point which is severely lacking here to gain popularity with that crowd.

Cannibal Corpse with their simplification of death metal riff mazes and emphasis on simplistic groove opened the doors for hardcore and nu metal into death metal. Mocking these bands and ignoring their presence is the only way that metal can recover from such stupidity and idiocy. If you see the name Strangle Wire close the page and listen to just about anything else.  This epitomizes the downside to recording equipment becomes accessible to all.

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16 thoughts on “Strangle Wire – The Dark Triad

  1. Jabberjaw ate Scrappy Doo for a snack says:

    Beardo with the machete plays in mastodonarooni, El Genrico in the hood to hide his Crimson Mask, and CoryGraves the annoying hipster announcer misses his two retard borthers, both also named CoryGraves .
    As Charlie Sheen says of this – “Winning!”

    1. Jabberjaw ate Scrappy Doo for a snack says:

      where is spellcheck on my Winodws 17 PC?

    2. Ryan says:

      Cory Graves is one annoying faggot. Don’t get why people hype him as the next Joey Styles or JR. The Monster Among Men, what a shitty tagline

  2. Rainer Weikusat says:

    Lame assortment of generic parts performed by a bunch of guys who seem to be asleep at the wheel.

    1. I think Rainer Weikusat is actually the beta name of an automated random word machine that just throws out some word assembly every now and then on this blog.. you can put the words in any way you want, they always sound neat, but never have any real content. Let’s take a look at the first version of this post:

      a lame assortment of guys who seem to be performing asleep by a bunch of generic wheel parts

      1. Rainer Weikusat says:

        Afterwards, it occurred to me that I was misusing »asleep at the wheel« as it doesn’t usually refer to »act as if sleepwalking«, this suggested by the ‘energetic’ (note: irony) performance of the band in some video I watched. The track seemed to be composed of ready-made death metal toy bricks someone bought in a subgenre superstore clearance sale.

        NB: “You are not expected to understand this”.

        NB^2: (you’re obviously not expected to understand that, either, but with a better justification.

  3. Gladius et Scutum says:

    The cover art seems to give the game away.

    1. Coolest Monkey In The Jungle says:

      Thought it was a video game at first

      1. Gladius et Scutum says:

        I am at my limit for albums with embarrassing cover art because I own 4 Immortal albums; I literally turn the CD sleeves inside out to hide the shame of those faggity covers. I’m trying to think of good albums with terrible cover art and the only ones I can think of are Immortal albums.

  4. While we’re in the habit of reviewing random horseshit, why not try our hand at some INTERESTING random horseshit at least?

    KADATH from Germany fucking melodic Blood riffs somehow confused with “brutal” death metal
    KALMAH a decent power metal band with a couple blackened aesthetics for added bite from the fucking swamp
    RAZOR Canadian Metallica with Cro-Mags street sodomizer attitude
    TRENCH WARFARE war metal’s only hope and redemption from tranny fucking Revenge-worship
    ACCIDENTAL SUICIDE decent narrative heavy composition but still somehow I don’t give a fuck about this band for whatever reason maybe because the ANUS/DMU never reviewed it
    CAN do a krautrock segment you stupid bastards don’t you realize this shit is great?

  5. Necronomeconomist says:

    Are any of u niggas Rock hard over this latest school shooting? The boy is White supremacist AND bested Columbine.

    I can just imagine ,Watain cackling with glee. The shit is so anti-cosmic for presencing the sinister. #CYFAWS

    1. Mr.Angry says:

      white boy? the only time or place a yehudie is “white” is when a horrendous crime occurs,like one of these monthly false flag shootings, or to skew other types of statistics.

      1. Necronomeconomist says:

        Does yehudie mean Jew?
        Is the boy Jewish?
        I’m not catching your drift …

        1. Mr.Angry says:

          Florida killer chat records released in which he says that he is Jewish but hates Jews

          Florida shooter admits to being Jewish in chat records:
          Cruz, who was adopted, also wrote in the chat, “My real mom was a Jew. I am glad I never met her,” CNN reported.

        2. Mr.Angry says:

          he looks like he also ANTIFA as well

          1. fashy bowlcut says:

            Lol, there is another pic floating around of “the shooter” wearing a MAGA hat

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