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Subterraneal Magnitude

Diabolic - Subterraneal Magnitude ©2001 Conquest Music
1. Vassago
2. Forewarning
3. Extinction Level Event
4. Failed Extraction
5. Deadly Deception
6. Fleshcraft
7. Infernalism
8. Diabolic Perception
9. Soul Projection
10. Necromancer Of The Ancient Arts
11. Subterraneal Magnitude

If you happen to be knowledgable about bars, you are most certainly familiar with the term "well drinks". For the Mormons who read this site, "well" refers to the bar's cheapest alcohols. They feature such brand names as "Clan MacGregor" and "Kentucky Gentlemen" and are often purchased by the bar in plastic bottles, rather than glass. The old adage, "you get what you pay for", most definitely applies here. Too many of these cheap well drinks will give you a horrible headache, rot out your gut and make the next morning an experience that will swear you off the sauce for life. Perhaps if you had ordered the good, top shelf vodka, you might have avoided this calamity.

Brutal death metal in the 21st century is very much like well versus top shelf. It seems that nearly every act appearing these days has an interchangeable name that is appropriately sinister and foreboding and offers a blend of music that has been extremely overdone for over a decade now. While there may be some premium acts out there (discriminating death metal fans with very discriminating tastes might suggest a couple early Cryptopsy albums or Suffocation, for instance), most are unidentifiable, throbbing, faceless blast beats and grunting nobodies. Diabolic is a prime example of this. If it weren't for the numbers changing on my CD player's display, I'd never know the difference from track to track. Subterraneal Magnitude, yet another death metal album with a bloated title, is a well produced but ultimately shallow release that offers utterly nothing to a scene that has stagnated ages ago. Like any cheap alcohol, the name of the band becomes essentially unimportant as this music can be switched out with nearly any other generic death metal band. It's nice that these four lads can play their instruments well, but there's very little beyond presenting the standard brutal death metal fare. With the exception of the opening instrumental "Vassago", there is little to report here. Everything is a bland porridge of blurred riffs, blasting drums, hoarse grunts and journeyless solos. Gee. Like this hasn't been done a few thousand times before.

This is music only for those who haven't realized that premium drinks are simply a better investment of your time and money.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 02/2002

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