I read somewhere that the CIA uses death metal music in their sensory deprivation techniques when interrogating war detainees. If they had Desecresy’s latest release The Mortal Horizon on file, I will put it to you this way…..their interrogations would be a lot shorter.
Out of Spain’s Xtreem Music label comes Desecresy, a one- man band who could easily be compared to The Little Engine That Could- on weed. It’s a project that could easily be more than it is, but either doesn’t want to be, or doesn’t know it.
I’m one of those people who, when I don’t like something, I will really try to wrap my head around it, and give you a straight answer as to why. I hate it when people tell me they don’t like something, and when I ask why, they simply say, “I dunno’, I just don’t.” It bothers the hell out of me. That said, I wouldn’t exactly say that The Mortal Horizon is a BAD album. If you’re into extreme death metal, then you might actually like it. And my beef with it has nothing to do with the songs- in fact, I detect a lot of Dethklok in their (his) stuff.
The band is actually one guy who does everything, which I can totally get on board with, because I actually do the same with my project, The Toxic Dream.
That kind of production can be very freeing, but a HUGE problem at the same time. I learned really quick, that if you’re the only one having any say in the writing, it can start to roll like an egg fast. With no outside input, your music is going to be hindered by your own agenda, versus what might actually sound better. That’s the problem with The Mortal Horizon. Not the songs per-say, but the overall direction of the album-there isn’t one. I’d actually really like to know what the guy is singing, it might provide some insight.
Some good points: like I said, there’s a lot of tones that remind me of Dethklok. The third track, “Percussive Necromancy”, reminds me of DK’s song “Murmaider“, which I liked. Another thing I liked was Tommi’s use of off-beat drumming and time changes. The overall dredging feel of the album kind of lends to its creepiness.
That said, there’s more wrong with this album than there is right. Most of the problems stem from the production. It’s clear that Grönqvist recorded the album on his own, had he hired a professional engineer to mix the album, it would sound exponentially better. I know the death metal community’s mantra is “the more obscure, the better,” but in this day and age, when professional recording is so cheap, I feel like Grönqvist did himself a disservice by not having some good tech, or at least someone with a professional studio mixing the album, and any mastering tech worth his salt could’ve made it sound even better. On a lot of the songs, I can barely make out what notes he’s playing, and the low end from the bass gets knocked out a lot by the drums, which I’m pretty sure weren’t EQ’d at all.
The long and short of it is this; the songs aren’t BAD, but they’re not that good either. There’s little discernible direction to the album’s songs, the transitions are nonexistent, and the production quality is terrible. That said, I KNOW this guy can do better, he just needs to stop nay-saying the people reviewing his work and take criticism for what it is. If I’m saying “you can do better,” I really mean it.
I actually look forward to reading his rebuttal to this review on his Facebook page.
The Mortal Horizon drops August 14th, 2017
FFO: Dethklok, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass
Tommi Grönqvist – Everything
01 – Amidst
02 – Horizon Blazing
03 – Percussive Necromancy
04 – Excavation
05 – Concealed Depths
06 – Atrophoid
07 – Telekinetic Ignition
08 – Perpetual Waves
09 – Approaching Infinity
Bloodrock Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0
Written by Hobbes Caltous for Bloodrock Media on July 23, 2017