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Common Dead - "Allegorize" (CD)

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"Allegorize" track listing:

1. Suffer As I Have (3:44)
2. Worldview (3:57)
3. Most People (2:38)
4. Enlightenment (3:46)
5. Outer Harbor (3:32)
6. Caustica (3:47)
7. Venture In Blood (3:14)
8. Fathomless (3:25)
9. Modern Obsolete (3:28)

Reviewed by on March 15, 2013

"In short – give the little guy a chance, because you might just find yourself headbanging along and eager to hear more."

Back with a new full-length after the release of 2012’s “Diatribe,” the one-man project Common Dead has refined and progressed its sound on latest album “Allegorize.” The thrashy, groove-based heaviness from earlier works is still present and easily recognizable, but there are some changes in pacing and style this time around that offer a more well-rounded feel and keep interest running higher throughout the entire disc.

Much like “Diatribe,” these nine tracks are guitar-focused and energetic exercises in metal that lean towards the melodic and groovy side. While the guitars are heavy and frequently distorted, this isn’t an extreme death metal release, as the bulk of the vocals are a harsh yell that can actually be followed along with and there’s a strong bass presence throughout. As a change-up from the last album, there is a bit of actual screaming from time to time on this outing, along with some fun gang shouts on “Venture in Blood.”

While sticking with an overall base thrash-rooted sound, the song structures are varied and each track successfully stands out from the rest. “Outer Harbor,” for instance, has more of a sad feel than the energetic surrounding tracks, and there are even some minor synths to be found in songs like “Caustica” and “Venture in Blood.”

Although not as all-around of a polished release as you might hear from a full band with label backing, “Allegorize” still stacks up well among the plethora of underground and solo acts out there. The various social issues covered in the album, such as the culture of gun violence and glorifying villains in America, are relevant and likely to resonate with fans of this style of metal. In short – give the little guy a chance, because you might just find yourself headbanging along and eager to hear more.

Highs: Lots of energy and an overall well-rounded metal experience.

Lows: The vocals are somewhat rough, and the sound quality is decent, but still betrays the underground nature of the release.

Bottom line: Common Dead progresses its sound and offers up more groovy, thrashy underground metal.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls

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)