Mechanics Of Dysfunction review by Beneath the Massacre

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  • Released: Feb 20, 2007
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 6
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (21 votes)
Beneath the Massacre: Mechanics Of Dysfunction
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Sound — 10
In the technical death metal scene, the name Beneath The Massacre should be no stranger. With two extremely solid and technical albums under their belt it's hard not to take notice. The recording quality is top notch, with everything leveled perfectly to my tastes, although some may find the drums and double bass too loud. The guitars are even more crushing from their first album and about ten times as technical, I was nothing short of impressed with the work that he put out through the whole album. The bass could be a little bit louder on this album, but then again bass is left pretty much dormant in all metal releases now a-days. When you do hear the bass you can really tell that he knows what he's doing and he manages to keep up with what the guitarist is playing at all times. The drums are probably the highest point of recognition that this album has to offer though. I've heard a lot of metal releases and I would have to say that this is one of the most articulate, and one of the fastest drummer's I've ever heard, it almost seems hard to believe that this man is human at some points on the record.

Lyrics — 6
The lyrics are actually quite good on this record, although you never really hear what he is saying through the low grunts. The only real flaw with this record would be the vocals. When I say they are incredibly monotone, I'm not over exaggerating anything. The singer literally uses the same exact voice throughout the whole record and I would think that to be one of the turn-offs to someone who isn't already into this band. Overall though his flow meshes quite well with the songs, and I would say that he is indeed a very good fit for the band if he had more of a range to his singing.

Overall Impression — 10
This album was one of my favorites to be released in recent memory, and I honestly couldn't think of anyone to compare this band to since they are so incredibly technical. "The Surface" is a great opening track and one of my most favored on the album, due to the sheer brutality level of it. Another track that really sticks itself out there is "Modern Age Slavery" which is probably one of the most articulate songs on the album. The vocals really bring this song together and it's just a fun song to listen to. I love everything about it except for the vocals really. I just wish he had more of a range in his vocal capabilities, and Mechanics of Dysfunction would be perfect. I would highly recommend if you are a fan of any sort of brutal/technical music at all, since this band seems to be at the front of the pack in terms of technicality, brutality, and overall musicianship.

22 comments sorted by best / new / date

    andrex1212
    Definetly a KILLER album. I love Beneath The Massacre and this album is definetly amazing. Insanely technical, insanely heavy and tons of breakdowns in between those really fast parts that all fit in so well! I got this CD the day it came out.
    Led_Zeppelin992
    ocpimple wrote: Necrophagist is the most boring band in the world, next to Cannibal Corpse.
    Burn in hell..
    death_unknown
    wilco5000 wrote: This is not technical at all. This is all chugging and occasional sweep. It just is a wall of sound and enjoyable in the least. I would really love to see you play anything off this album. Fucking douche
    Ive seen these guys play. It is definitely technical stuff. But at the same time, none of the songs can be distinguished from the rest because everyone of them sound exactly the same. The whole cd could be one song if the breaks in between songs were removed. Technical yes. Good, far from it.
    death_unknown
    These guys are pretty talented and extremely technical. But there is no distinction between the tracks which takes away from the album a little. Cool french canadian dudes to talk to also. I bought the album and lost it. I will not be buyin it again. Overall it didnt really do much for me.
    wilco5000
    This is not technical at all. This is all chugging and occasional sweep. It just is a wall of sound and enjoyable in the least.
    I would really love to see you play anything off this album. Fucking douche
    shreddymurphy
    ocpimple wrote: Necrophagist is the most boring band in the world, next to Cannibal Corpse.
    Are you retarded?
    Wizard_of_Aus
    ocpimple wrote: Necrophagist is the most boring band in the world, next to Cannibal Corpse.
    yep. you're a douche.
    ICreamsodAI
    ocpimple wrote: Necrophagist is the most boring band in the world, next to Cannibal Corpse.
    You are a ****ing retard
    nolanxxx
    this is a sweeeeet ass record....guitar wise...i do agree that their screaming isn't that great..it's pretty bland
    andrex1212
    Also to add, I personally think the monotone vocals suit this better than any other form. I have done a cover of one song and when I was trying different vocal styles, none of them suited it better than the monotone grunting. My personal preference though!
    ICreamsodAI
    Yes, yes, yesir... This album rules, as does the entire summer slaughter line-up (the festival at which these fine young gentlemen are playing at) These guys are great, and i noticed this was given recognition through the front page review they received earlier this week. So, if these guys are so damn regarded, WHY NO NECROPHAGIST????? I want to see Necrophagist making a headline SOMEWHERE... DO IT NOW!! AGH!! Necrophagist on the front page, they more than deserve it.
    But mom!
    Yeah the facless are...omg @_@ but yeah this cd from Beneath The Massacre should be awesome as well
    Captian Xero
    Man, I saw these guys with Animosity, As Blood Runs Black, and the Faceless and let me just say, They definitely stole the show. I haven't got my hands on the record yet but by the sound of it, I'm going to love it.
    Agent_00Funk
    This album is amazing. Societys Disposable Son is pretty much my fave song off this album.
    spartanfan10
    This is not technical at all. This is all chugging and occasional sweep. It just is a wall of sound and enjoyable in the least.
    ocpimple
    Necrophagist is the most boring band in the world, next to Cannibal Corpse.