PILLORY
“EVOLUTIONARY MISCARRIAGE”
UNIQUE LEADER RECORDS

As a reviewer, admittedly, there are a few “go to bands” that I absolutely know I
overuse. Principal of which is Texas’ technical Metal legends
WATCHTOWER. At that
end of the spectrum, there are only a few bands I really, truly enjoy and therefore listen
to with any great frequency. Bands of the
WATCHTOWER or Sieges Even ilk, being
about as far as I like to stray away from conventional Metal, be it Thrash, Death, Doom,
Black or simply Heavy Metal. Analogically, a line can be drawn from
WATCHTOWER's extreme form of technical Thrash and the standard fare going around
in 1985, to what
PILLORY is doing as opposed to the more conventional in the brutal
Death Metal realm in more recent times. Boston, Massachusetts‘,
PILLORY take
technical Death Metal to a whole other level. Passing miles above simply technical Death
Metal,
PILLORY’s second full length album (the first since 2005’s brilliantly titled “NO
LIFEGUARD AT THE GENE POOL” also on
UNIQUE LEADER) is to Death Metal,
in a genre-specific reference, what “Acid Jazz” is to Jazz.  “Acid Death Metal”??  
Perhaps a future genre title that in 20 years can be traced back to this very review?
Probably not. Where the term “Acid Jazz” may refer to a free flowing stream of musical
ideas, “EVOLUTIONARY MISCARRIAGE” is an obviously synchronized and planned
out array of brutal Death Metal. Going way past the merely listenable aspect of Death
Metal, to a form of the art relegated for those with a lust for only the most technical of
the genre. Produced to a polished gleam, “EVOLUTIONARY MISCARRIAGE” is
however, not an easy listen and not for the casual fan. Time and chord changes coming
fast and furious and out of nowhere,
PILLORY’s music doesn't merely use dissonance
often, they seem to use it almost exclusively.
PILLORY is a one man project, that “one
man” being Darren Cesca, who should be no stranger to fans of brutal Death Metal. He
either is or has, at least, worked with bands like
BLASPHEMER, ESCHATON,
INCINERATE, RHADAMANTHYS, GORATORY, ARSIS, VIRULENCE,
HIDEOUS DEFORMITY
and the list goes on. As a musician, he obviously works well
with others inside the genre, but with
PILLORY he seems to be able to take out all of his
more unorthodox songwriting ideas, and he really let’s loose! I’m one to always look for
simply good, solid song writing alongside creeping atmosphere and much more straight
forward Death Metal.  
AUTOPSY, NIHILIST, BOLT THROWER, R.U. DEAD?,
early PARADISE LOST
and so forth… So with that being said, PILLORY’s newest
here is an adventure for certain. Leave all hopes for any kind of musical conventionality
at the door. These however are not criticisms, merely my personal music tastes. The
vocals, which range from the Metal-core-ish, throaty hisses to the lower register brutal
Death Metal grunts were the aspect of “EVOLUTIONARY MISCARRIAGE” I liked
the least. That, alongside the obvious loss of any form of atmosphere in an efforts to
produce such a surgically clean album. Interestingly enough, my favorite pieces on the
album were two songs (“Phantasmagorical Beasts” and “Distorted Axiom”) which could
best be described as largely instrumental “interlude” tracks.  Easily, these two tracks
were the most “conventional” on the whole album, but also contained more atmosphere
in the combined five minutes than the whole of the 11 song, almost 49 minute entirety.
Not an album for everybody, that’s for certain, but for those who lust for only the most
mechanically precise in their Death Metal technically would find it worthwhile to search
out a copy of “EVOLUTIONARY MISCARRIAGE”.

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                                                                                             - Reviewed by Keith Dempe