Sound — 9
The third installment in Beneath the Massacre's Arsenal "Dystopia" has a surgeon's precision, a chaotic whirlwind of taps, warp speed drumming, amazing distorted bass bombs and the deep gutteral growl to sew this masterpiece together to form a f--king beast of musical offering from this native Canadian group. If one word could describe this band, both on their albums and live it would be, Breathtaking. These guys have the musical chops and the persistence to break through even the most roughest terrain in metal that seems yet, unclaimed. Guitarist Chris Bradley, seems to have taken the sound that, by now, Beneath the Massacre should be well known; and taken it even further. The tightness of the drums, Justin Rousselle, collectively flowing with the crushing bass lines of Dennis Bradley.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are a dark and twisted picture of our world as it is now. As always the lyrics belted out, with gnashing teeth by frontman Elliot Desgagnes, has always lead the listener to delve deeper into their minds and think a little more about what's being put across. It's not the usual dribble of a lot of metal bands these days. The lyrics are detailed, intricate, and obviously a bit personal. It's a breath of fresh air for the fans craving more than a few riffs and an all too familiar breakdown scheme with the run of the mill rebellion lyrics.
Overall Impression — 10
If you have not seen these guys live, what the hell is wrong with you? They will absolutely blow you away. As a friend of the band I felt that I had to write this review, to get the word out there. Pick up a copy of this album, see their shows, buy their merch. Help them and many bands like them out with money, these guys need it and deserve it. No matter how you feel about this music, it's more than the screams and the distorted guitars and double bass. It's about reaching into your soul, provoking thought, and releasing your aggression. Go out and get a copy of this album, you will not be sorry!