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Uncooperative Death - "Uncooperative Death" (CD)

Uncooperative Death - "Uncooperative Death" CD cover image

"Uncooperative Death" track listing:

1. The Blame
2. Bloody Bathroom
3. Solanum
4. Murderous Apotheosis
5. Let Me Bleed
6. Left Behind
7. Chew The Leg Off
8. Cavity
9. Ambivalent Disclosure
10. Murderous Apothecary
11. Solanum (Raunch Dressing Version)

Reviewed by on July 24, 2009

"Sure, I could gripe about the fact the disc sounds like it was recorded in someone's garage. Or I could just go with it and have some fun, which, despite song titles like 'The Blame' and 'Murderous Apotheosis,' is just what the band did. "

That skeletal hand giving the one-finger salute in Uncooperative Death's logo serves as a perfect metaphor for the music you get on the band's debut disc. It's loud, crude, and produced on their own terms — and if you don't like it ?

Sure, I could gripe about the fact the disc sounds like it was recorded in someone's garage. Or I could just go with it and have some fun, which, despite song titles like "The Blame" and "Murderous Apotheosis," is just what the band did. Hence, you have a mixture of death metal, punk, and prog rock that works much better than it has any right to.

Despite the somewhat limited production, it's obvious that this band has some impressive chops. I particularly enjoyed the punky guitar work by Dan Cormier and Tristan Mailman, that gives way to a solo that's pure metal on "Bloody Bathroom," which seems to be the band's ode to "Fight Club."

"Chew The Leg Off" shows that, despite its death metal leanings, the band isn't afraid of bass guitar, allowing Paul Sarrazin to have a few bass breaks.

All that said, my favorite two tracks are probably the ones meant to be taken the least seriously — a pair of acoustic tracks at the end. "Murderous Apothecary" is a great little stomp, while the "Raunch Dressing Version" of "Solanum" has a sound that's warm and ominous at the same time. Plus, the production difficulties aren't as immediately obvious with the acoustic sound.

On the down side, there are a couple of tracks, "The Blame," and "Ambivalent Disclosure," that don't really go anywhere, and the production values aren't great. That said, it's hard not to give Uncooperative Death credit for its songwriting, attitude and sense of fun.

Highs: The acoustic "Murderous Apothecary" and "Solanum (Raunch Dressing Version);" guitar work on "Bloody Bathroom."

Lows: Low production values and a couple very mediocre tracks.

Bottom line: A fun disc that suffers a little from low production values.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)