Conjureth – Majestic Dissolve

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: Mememto Mori / Rotted Life
Released: 2021
Buy Album: Bandcamp
Band Website: Facebook

Band line-up:

Frankie Saenz –  Drums, Bass
Ian Mann – Guitars (lead)
Wayne Sarantopoulos – Vocals, Guitars, Bass

Tracklisting:

1.  Wet Flesh Vortex
2. Possession Psychosis
3. Resintegrate
4. A Terror Sacrifice
5. Mutilated Spirits
6. Black Fire Confessions
7. The Silent Hangings
8. Sorcery Arts
9. An Occult Mosaic
10. The Unworshipped

 

 

 

Review:

Conjureth are a death metal band on the labels Memento Mori, and Rotted Life, who will be releasing their debut album ‘Majestic Dissolve’ on 25th October, 2021. The band formed in 2018, in San Diego, California. Their style is underground and their goal has always been to follow the traditions of the genre’s founders. They did that with their two 2020 demos ‘Foul Formations’ and ‘The Leviathan Manifest’, and have done so with their other projects, including Encoffination, VoidCeremony, and Ghoulgotha. Conjureth have been influenced by styles from Florida to Finland, and 80s filth. They honour the past and give birth to the future. 

Well… the album STARTS well with its instantaneous burst of fury, but I’m not sure the album has to be quite so long when almost all the songs sound more or less the same. In a nutshell, you get heavily chromatic riffs combined with dark neoclassical/atonal classical influences played on traditional metal instruments. I like many metal fans like both styles, but I’m not the kind of person who wants to eat nothing than chips every day, just with different sauces on top. This band is for the ‘freaky eaters’, so to speak. The only really daring track on the album is ‘The Unworshipped’, with its Yngwie Malmsteen ideas, combined with death metal AND prog. THAT’S cool. The band clearly have in them to be creative, but for whatever reason, they rarely are. Still though, the band should be praised for leaving the best song till last, not putting it first and building unrealistic expectations. That’s really annoying when that happens. I wouldn’t give an album 1 star for that reason alone, but that’s how it makes me feel.

I was impressed with the raw-ish production, combined with the fury of the very human drums and guitars but again, only for a few minutes. Sure the band pay tribute to the past, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but I’ll tell you what isn’t flattery: Someone saying your name over and over again for 37 minutes, just with different tones of voice. That’s annoying, too. If you’re a fan of super heavy, crushing breakdowns, you’ll likely feel just as let down as me. Where are they?? All I want you to do is change tempo in more extreme ways and really smash the hell of your instruments! Is that too much to ask? No one cares if it’s a mindless idea, you need to calm down and stop acting like you’ve smoked some crack. 

In conclusion, there is only really one truly decent song on the album, and whilst good things come to those who wait, I’D say ‘good things come to those who use the skip button on their CD player.’ The album started with a lot of promise with its Slayer-like riffs and tremolo picking, but don’t expect the supergroup’s songwriting skills and appreciation of the bigger picture. Despite all I’ve said, I’m giving the album a not so bad 3 out of 5, as if you don’t take life as seriously as I do, you might actually get a fair bit out of it. Just be warned. This isn’t particularly recommended, but if you have tendencies to stay in the same mood and have the same thoughts for long periods of time and want music to reflect that, you’re in luck.

Review by Simon Wiedemann

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