Disperse [EP] Review

artist: Despite Exile date: 01/16/2016 category: compact discs
Despite Exile: Disperse [EP]
Released: Nov 27, 2015
Genre: Progressive Deathcore
Label: Lifeforce Records
Number Of Tracks: 7
The EP is everything else but easy accessible. It might need an trained ear and dedication to music to actually get a grasp on it. This is why this record most certainly is not for everyone.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
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Disperse [EP] Reviewed by: dead eye, on january 16, 2016
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Sound: Despite Exile certainly don't make listening to their latest EP "Disperse" easy. No refrains, no repetitions – barely any fix points for the hearer to orient himself in the flood of the sound the young Italians press onto the listeners ears. However taking the effort to hear through the EP pays off very well.

The EP marks the second release of Despite Exile and features 5 songs and 2 interludes. The songs blend into each other though and tell a story as one, hence the names "Act I-V." So listening to the EP as a whole is the way to go. The music itself features amazing guitar - and drumwork, lots of tempo and time changes and also some occasional synthesizers, wholly in the sense of progressive metal (or in this case: progressive deathcore). While there's always one guitar keeping the distorted drive, a second guitar often adds melody and clean sounds to the whole picture. The sheer amount of different sections of the songs fall into place in elegant manner, creating a running river of music that only comes to halt at the grand epic finale of "Act V." The vocals feature a mix of shouts, screams and occasionally growls, adding their part of variety to just this river. The sound itself is quite typical for a deathcore band. Still - combined with the fitting, big style of the production and absolutely precise playing it makes a quite impressive record. // 9

Lyrics: The story of the record is of a possibly dystopian nature, about oppression and martyrdom. It features five different point of views, that appear as the lyrical I in each song ("Leviathan," "Panoptic Servant," "Transcendental Observer," "Herald of Blindness" and "Dissipating Martyrs"). This change in perspective is the true reason this EP features more than just one big song. The singing style doesn't conform to the changes of perspective though. The style of these lyrics is artful and cryptic. They read themselves like prose, partly due to the fact that the music forgoes repetition. It is obvious that the band had had the same artistic expectations for the lyrics as they did have for the music. Sadly it was impossible for me to understand more than just a few lines from just listening to it, but I imagine an ear better trained for guttural singing could figure it out. // 9

Overall Impression: As mentioned in the first paragraph, the EP is everything else but easy accessible. It might need an trained ear and dedication to music to actually get a grasp on it. This is why this record most certainly is not for everyone. In fact only a small group of people will eventually show it the appreciation it deserves. But it's exactly this inaccessibility and play with listener expectations that makes this EP appealing to me. As soon as you feel home in a section of a song, they come up with a new section. Not forced, but smoothfully led over, continuously keeping it interesting. This applies especially to the first to "Acts" of the EP, which lead into an interlude whose main purpose is to provide a small place for the listener to rest. The same, of course, applies to the second interlude. "Act V" is the highlight of the EP, although it is the least progressive one, featuring slightly longer sections. It ends in a manner worthy for an epic that this EP is meant to be. I highly recommend "Disperse" for anyone fond of highly complex, demanding music. // 9

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