Aneurysm – Life Of Evil

Life Of Evil
Track Listing: 

  1. The Pure Hate
  2. The World Is My Enemy
  3. Hate The Humans
  4. Feel The Pain
  5. Need To Die
  6. Psycho Reborn
  7. Life Of Evil

Rating: 
3

 

I’ll make it clear that I am not a fan of drum programming on death metal or thrash metal albums but tolerate it on black metal releases as it fits better in that scene. Aneurysm from Italy comprise the duo of Gioi Fusco on guitar and drum programming and Fabbriu on vocals with bass playing not listed but based on how dense the sound is there might be a smattering on it. The band had two releases out in 2016 with the other being a couple of covers on an EP and prior to that they were involved in a split on Satanath Records and a demo in 2013. 

Surprisingly considering the whole release is possibly just guitar, vocals and drum programming the result is extremely effective as some thought has gone into how the drum sound needs to be and how it should fit around the riffing and vocals. The EP opens with 'The Pure Hate' and immediately the song hits the accelerator fully with a blast drum effect and vicious guitar sound. The sound overall has a slight reverberation which maybe intentional and for the most part it works well enough as the guitar is densely toned. The variations in pace are done well generally on the longer more involved songs like 'The World Is My Enemy' starts up. There is some clumsiness in the flow from each section to the next as the reverb here is fairly suffocating on the mix but is suitably deathly like. Some of the riffing needs tidying up as 'Hate The Humans' begins with some sound effects as the drum programming is decent initially until the last section where it goes mental after the fairly inauspicious start and it is that artificiality that renders the song robotic and lacking passion.  

Short and ever so nasty is 'Feel The Pain' which rockets along like a grind song in parts as 'Need To Die' returns the demented speed to a thrash realm. Being longer in duration the song has some added effects which work to add some texture to the song as a slight break leaves what sounds like bass playing rumbling in the background. There’s plenty of squealing lead and a mid-tempo groove incorporated before injecting a simulated double kick with added backing effects which saturate the song too much I felt. That thrash style continues with 'Psycho Reborn' as the vocals delve deeper into a deathly style leaving the title track to close the release with its near seven minute duration. Beginning serenely and quite eerily the song has a pulsed electronic feel initially as the reverb rears up heavily here. The whole tune feels industrialised which isn’t a criticism as the band can obviously write decent songs with plenty of fluxing pace changes and morphing dynamics. That industrial style comes to a fore when a synth backdrop is heard and a mechanised almost sci-fi atmosphere is heard like the sound track to an 80s sci fi film. The two guys can obviously write decent songs but I wonder what this would sound like with a proper drummer and I wonder whether the pair will explore the synth laden ending of the title track any further as a side project as the retro synth wave is definitely in vogue currently.

Label Name: 
A View From A Hole