“INTO DECIMATED REALITY"
GORE HOUSE PRODUCTION
Coming to us all the way from Algiers, Algeria (and more currently), rerouted through
Buenos Aires, Argentina, is DEVAST. “INTO DECIMATED REALITY” is the band’s
second full length, their first being “ART OF EXTERMINATION”, released via
DEEPSEND in 2008. Taking obvious cues from the more renown regions of the U.S.
Death Metal scene, from 1990 onward, the entirety of “INTO DECIMATED REALITY”
is centered around technical, albeit not extremely heavy, Death Metal. A definitive dosage
of INCANTATION’s more non-traditional and dissonant moments are taken to technical
extremes, pretty much throughout the 26 minute duration here. Ambushes of blast beats
and blizzards of whammy-ed, lead guitar frenzy, taken to almost absurd degrees, make this
suited to the tastes of those with only the most ardent passion for the genre. Bear with me
for a moment…Technicality often loses me, for instance, I LOVE the first three FATES
WARNING albums, after that, the emphasis on the technical aspect simply lost me.
Thinking along this analogical continuum, if INCANTATION were FATES WARNING
on "AWAKEN THE GUARDIAN", DEVAST would be clocking in at the Sieges Even
end of the spectrum. The technical aspect is THAT extreme, losing this listener at almost
minute one. Certainly though, Death Metal fans into it enough to search out the further
reaches of the Death Metal underground, like those bands who find a home at labels like
GORE HOUSE PRODUCTIONS, will certainly represent the fan base that would
appreciate this. Personal criticisms though, the light weight production and the extreme
technical nature of the music, especially inside the Death Metal milieu, don’t usually mix
with stunning results. INCANTATION did it as awe inspiring as they did because the
heaviness of the music and production matches the technical skill by which it was played.
DEVAST would surely take a well advised nod from the likes of INCANTATION and
IMMOLATION and beef up on the heaviness meter.
- Reviewed by Keith Dempe