Trends are one of the most common things in life, meaning they can be found in every location at any time. Society has a way of glorifying something for a moment before it quickly leaves it to die off, but whenever a fad finally fades into eternity, another soon sprouts up to take control of whoever falls victim to it. This cycle is, of course, quite common in all of music, but especially metal. Throughout my stint as a devoted metal fan, I've witnessed the rise and fall of metalcore, the deathcore contamination, and a short-lived outbreak of GSV (grind suckage virus), but metal has been pressured with yet another illness in its quarters: slam-death metal.
Any band that plays slam death metal will practice death metal, but shall also attach constant breakdowns to their sound. Many groups have applied these criteria, and the outcome is simply disastrous. I recently took part in Diskreet's Infernal Rise, in which this horrid syndrome slowly devours all enjoyment until only a sleeping individual is left.
Diskreet is a bland quad with no originality or individualism, but that's pretty obvious considering the poor genre they take part in. Much like other slam-death metal bands, Diskreet's heart and soul relies independently on half-speed cymbal hits with lame instrumental synchronization, or, as they're called, breakdowns. The group's simple method of breakdown after breakdown begins to get annoying after a few minutes due to constant repetition, but it only goes south upon realizing all the crap here is basically a replica of other acts from this style. There does shine a brief moment of enjoyment when the band actually looks authentic and drops a massive technical riffing section or a storm of blastbeats, but these junctures are quickly crushed by dull breakdowns that have no energy or passion whatsoever.
The instrumentation is friendly welcomed by a ghastly vocal performance that sounds cheap and generic. A typical plate of pseudo-growls is served with some terrible metalcore screams on the side, but this is far from a mystery considering the genetic similarities among Diskreet and every other slam-death metal act.
This EP is simply awful from every angle and perspective at its vile core. Infernal Rise is practically an exact copy of everything you'd expect from this fad; the album basically lacks substance. This awful trend will soon run its course, which means Diskreet better find an identity before they vomit up another mistake like this. Not recommenced to anyone.
1. Infernal Throne
2. Infinite Hole
3. The Bigger Complex