Preludium - Impending Hostility Review
by Matt Hensch
I really don't enjoy listening to or reviewing generic death metal, so I'm going to entertain myself and put some Super Troopers references throughout this review; e-mail me what they are and you'll be awarded an internet hive-five! Anyway, I have to mention this record, "Impending Hostility," is my first exposure to Poland's Preludium, a death metal group that adds a little blackened zest in for extra spice. Well, "Impending Hostility" has more recycled garbage than the EPA staff on Xanex, providing nothing more than obsolete worship of Behemoth, Morbid Angel, or Bolt Thrower. A lot of things that I believe are fundamentally essential for good death metal are traded away for the genre's run-of-the-mill settlement, so it is with pride that I say their shenanigans are certainly not cheeky and fun.
Well, some folks tend to really enjoy hyper-paced extreme metal which beats, stomps, kills, and desecrates forevermore. Preludium, however, takes great measures in making sure you have no idea just what in the hell is going on: constant blastbeats dominate the audio battlefield while sickening rasps infiltrate the perimeter as riffs from Death Metal 101 roll over buildings. Sure it sounds awesome, but hasn't this been done before? Perhaps by every death metal band, ever? It's not that anything Preludium does stinks up the place, yet there sure are a lot of deja vu moments. Bruce Dickinson put it best: Feels like I've been here before.
I suppose "Impending Hostility" truly begins to fail after a few listens, as it becomes droll and totally tiresome. Preludium's idea of mixing it up involves throwing a pinch harmonic here, mid-paced chugging there, tremolo picking on different frets here, tremolo picking on the same frets there, generally doing everything almost identically, yadda yadda yadda. Variation between tracks is almost impossible to find and becomes quite the daunting experience after diving into song after song of tin-can blastbeats, everyday death metal riffs, and vocals that sound like an AK-74 discharge. It's amazing how close they get their balls to the bandsaw.
It really wouldn't be in justifiable taste to totally dump on "Impending Hostility," because there are good moments scattered around; nothing amazing, but definitely worth a shout. The record concludes with an atmospheric doomfest titled "Warfare," a unique instrumental track that showcases different ideas (thank you!) and flies above Preludium's unremarkable shelling with crusading power. However, the remaining eight cuts make "Impending Hostility" a bleak and lacking musical effort that is brutal just for the sake of being brutal. Nothing significant or noteworthy really comes out of it. Meow.
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