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Murder Construct - "Murder Construct" (CD/EP)

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"Murder Construct" track listing:

1. Control
2. No Savior
3. I Am That
4. Destroy Babylon
5. End of an Error
6. Boundless
7. Submission

Reviewed by on February 11, 2011

"Vocalist Travis Ryan’s gurgling intensity is unmatched, and the music is technical and crushing, with high production values but no Pro Tools falsity or triggers. It introduces the old school to the new."

Cattle Decapitation, Intronaut, Exhumed, Impaled, and Phobia—a band that pulls members from such devastatingly heavy hitting juggernauts, each heavy in its own way, has to go a long way out of its way to mess up such a promising combination. Thankfully, Murder Construct does no such thing on its self-titled debut EP. The seven-song offering represents the sum of its parts coming together at Mach three and weaving between each other with chaotic precision. The opening track, “Control,” is death grind at its finest. Vocalist Travis Ryan’s gurgling intensity is unmatched, and the music is technical and crushing, with high production values but no Pro Tools falsity or triggers. It introduces the old school to the new.

“No Savior” utilizes dirty death pinch harmonics and sounds like it could fit well on a Cattle Decapitation record. Drummer Danny Walker unleashes a deft assault of homicidal proportions. “I Am That” brings some added groove and shows that Murder Construct isn’t just about delivering a blast beating. This is no one trick super group; the band is quite capable of bringing different types of brutality together. “Destroy Babylon” is a cacophonous, mind contorting, face distorting shit storm. The potential for Murder Construct in the live setting is limitless. Babylon isn’t just destroyed; it’s burnt to cinders.

On “End of an Error,” you can really hear the different backgrounds of the musicians involved pushing and pulling against each other, playing off one another to copulate and gestate this wonderful deformity. A tribal interlude, clean guitars, primal drum beats overlapping with one another and brought into the world of death grind, combined with layered vocals exhibiting the depth and breadth of Ryan’s range showcase the many fathoms Murder Construct are capable of exploring. “Boundless,” an interlude that is largely instrumental, with some spoken lyrics, follows with a cold, mechanical vibe.

The EP comes to a close with “Submission,” featuring mountainous and layered tectonic riffs plowing into each other at a geologically accelerated rate. There’s something truly artistic and expressive about it—more substance and less bluntness. It’s a very dangerous and intriguing thing that leaves the release of a future full length that is already in the works a much anticipated prospect.

Highs: Grinding death metal from some of the American scene's best musicians.

Lows: An interlude on an EP?

Bottom line: Bring on the full length album.

Rated 4.0 out of 5 skulls
4.0 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)