Reptilian Death – The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence
Death metal in India has always been a little iffy. Though brutal death has prevailed over the years, with bands like IIIRd Sovereign and Abandoned Agony putting out good stuff and paving the way for newer better bands, traditional death metal has never been done, least of all well done. Infernal Wrath came close but not quite close enough. We have never really had any European or American styled death metal band over the years.
And then we have Reptilian Death. The Dawn of Consummation and Emergence is nowhere close to what I would call death metal, I, being a purist. Generic, metalcore styled riffs, mediocre growls and to top it all, extremely plastic production. And when I say plastic, I mean a feel-less guitar tone, over polished drums and whatever-that-is bass tone. The composer being the same, I see quite a bit of DR in in the music. Nevertheless, the Lamb of God sound is unavoidable. Breakdown after breakdown after breakdown, if you’re not a fan of those, the album really gets on your nerves. The song ‘O’ pretty much constitutes what the entire album has to offer, the lyric video does not make it any better. Neither does the imagery. Although kudos to the artwork, that’s a great piece and deserves credit, kudos to the artist. Did not really pay heed to the lyrical themes as the music isn’t nearly impressive enough.
Over all, an album that does not cater to a seasoned death metal listener. At the most it could invoke interest in an entry level metalhead who is looking for something ‘heavy’ or ‘brutal’ and doesn’t really care much about intelligent music. Or a metalcore fan who seeks to graduate from clean choruses. Nothing more.