Anarchadia - Let Us All Unite review
|Album:||Let Us All Unite|
|Release date:||July 2013|
01. Intro - Devolution
03. Beasts Of Burden
05. True World Order
06. Elevation Call
08. Confronting My Demons
09. Occupy The Wall
10. Let Us All Unite
11. Let Us All Unite [instrumental version] [bonus]
If you grabbed a blender and put together Megadeth's Rust In Peace, Gojira's The Way Of All Flesh and John Zerzan's brain (and true Syrian blood), then mixed that recipe well enough, what you'd get is Anarchadia's explosive debut Let Us All Unite...and no, I'm not exaggerating!
Balance is the key element that you're looking for when checking out a band with the word "technical" tagged onto it's sound. The thing is that most bands in this specific genre get lost between displaying their abilities as individual musicians, and constructing their identity as a single band with it's own cohesive sound, which will for sure cause confusion and misdirection between the members. Typically bands will try to compensate by complicating every single riff they write which makes things even worse, and the record will eventually sound like a hasty Sega game soundtrack from the 90's played by circus men. I personally consider those kind of albums anything but real music, and that's definitely not the case with these Syrian thrashers!
Charged as hell, the album kicks off perfectly by displaying a variation of violent progressive riff patterns strapped together with the centralized drums beats, decent bass perusal (needs to be more upfront though) and energizing guitar riffs and melodies. All of this shows a great deal of influence by the great Dimebag Darrell and reflects their dark anarchic sound which is characterized by death-style vocals. The anti-war and anti-mind control lyrical themes explain perfectly the band's views over what's happening in their war-tormented country, and are supported by inspiring soundbites from both George Carlin and Charlie Chaplin. Not picking a side in the vehement conflict but rather demanding people to unite against all kinds of injustice (even though it does get kind of preachy at some points).
In some areas the album interlards the intensity of extreme thrash textures with heavy industrial sounds akin to Fear Factory, other tracks feature much calmer and more surprisingly graceful licks such as "Beasts Of Burden", "Adagnition", "Let Us All Unite", then there is the exceptional instrumental track "Elevation Call", and the more death-thrash focused "Occupy The Wall", "Confronting My Demons" and "Narchaotic". The great sound quality in this record is rather amazing when you consider the trouble that these guys faced while composing their music. Such a sound quality increases the band's ability to completely deliver their whole set of tunes, which also might be what caught the attention of Jon Shaffer from Iced Earth who appears on "True World Order".
The real question here is what will they do next? Let Us All Unite is a hard-to-top album, so can they produce even more sophisticated new material than they already have? Could they tip-toe over the second album curse, or will they fall prey to the typical traps of their genre? All will be answered when they write their next album, but right now feel free to enjoy this great and authentic material by a band who literally lives what they play.
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