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Review: Destinity - Synthetic Existence
Synthetic Existence

Label: Adipocere Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 41:46
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: December 2, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Synthetic Existence

Rated 2.56/5 (51.11%) (9 Votes)

I liked Destinity's last album "In Excelsis Dementia" a lot, both for its rampant heaviness and aggression, and for the crazy, eclectic Death/Black stew they vomited forth. On that album, Destinity were an almost perfect Death/Black hybrid, and as we all know, once a Black Metal band starts to go Death, they never come back, just ask Behemoth. But anyway, "Synthetic Existence" sees a total jettisoning of all Black Metal elements, as well as the mystic/satanic lyrical themes. But I'm not going to complain, you know why? Because this fucking rages anyway.

Yes, Destinity have gone all the way to being a Death Metal band. They still use some keyboard flourishes, but everything from the production to the vocals is pure Death Metal. But they have done two good things: they loaded up on some Thrash influence, and they remembered to write a bunch of killer fucking tunes. "Synthetic Existence" just kills one song after another, from the opening blast of "In Nuclear Light", through the furious "Ex Nihlo" and the face-ripping "Fanatic God Machine". Here and there they experiment with some clean vocals, which I don't think really need to be there, but it's just little touches, and some of the later songs are not quuuite as good as the first half, but overall the album stays strong and keeps its foot on your neck and its teeth in your face.

So this band may have gone Death, but they still brought us an album blistering with chunky, heavy-ass riffs and hammering drums that will keep your fist in the air and your neck in some serious pain. Not as catchy as Kreator's "Enemy Of God", but so heavy it almost makes Mille sound like an old lady. Check out this skull-hammering monster, it doesn't do anything new, but it will still knock you flat.

Other related information on the site
Review: In Excelsis Dementia (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Resolve in Crimson (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Synthetic Existence (reviewed by Lars Christiansen)
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