Posted on July 11, 2012 AT 08:59pm
Murder Construct is what you would call a “Super Group” in the most proper sense of the word. A collection of talented/skilled musicians that come from successful touring/recording bands working together on a project separate from their main ones. However, they don’t necessarily give off that “super group” vibe. If anything it sounds like a bunch of dudes doing what they do best as if it was the only band they were playing in; sounding organic and unique.
For a bit of history: The California five-piece released their self titled EP in 2010 to some significant praise from critics. It was a no-frills Deathgrind album that made for a pretty refreshing and satisfying listen. It never felt underwhelming for a second, with incredibly tight musicianship that avoided sounding mechanical. In 2012, they announced that they were going to release a new album titled Results to much anticipation. Since the last release was good, it begs the question: Does “Results” live up to the hype?
Yes… very much so, ladies and gentlemen. In fact it’s safe to say that this album exceeds the previous EP in terms of songwriting and intensity. Results boasts 11 tracks containing incredibly sick riffs and a knack for grind that flows without overstaying its welcome or feeling insultingly short. Starting off with a bit of atmosphere on the song Red All Over; they waste no time hitting head on with this wave of near constant blast beats and guitars that sound like suped-up diesel engines running through Boss-HM 2 pedals. From then on they continue that same no-BS Deathgrind that doesn’t get caught up in sounding too much like one end of the Death to Grind spectrum or the other It sounds like a healthy mix that checks itself well; keeping itself from being too long and resulting in a gigantic riff salad or belting out with a bunch of :25 to :50 second micro songs with little substance. Interestingly enough, they break that up with the final track “Resultados” by making it 6 minutes long and throwing in some middle eastern flare and pianos near the end. It’s completely out of nowhere, but it totally works and for six minutes, is not a bad track. Some may find it to be a little long, but it’s definitely a fine track to end the album with.
Music wise, it doesn’t really get monotonous or feel overdone. It’s consistent, as it doesn’t try desperately to stray too far from its general realm, but they don’t get lazy with it. Guitarists Kevin Fetus and Leon Del Muerte give a top notch performance as each song has a different vibe that comes with it. It’s either with a use of catchy riffing or well placed shifts in tempo and structure. It’s definitely something to appreciate considering the fact that most of the songs clock in at about 2-3 minutes. In the song Gold Digger they go from big chunky chord riffs to these strange chromatic, evil sounding leads. The vocals from both Leon and Cattle Decapitation’s Travis Ryan complement each other well. Their tone ranges from throat shredding growls to these oddly fitting “demon bird” shrieks that manage to hold a note. It’s definitely a unique addition to an already satisfying mix. The bass work, performed by Caleb Schneider of Bad Acid Trip is well done. It’s not too difficult to pick out of the mix and doesn’t necessarily fight to make itself known; meaning you won’t find any paused moments for a quick bass solo. Danny Walker of Intronaut sounds right at home, throwing down like an absolute maniac behind the drumkit as he exercises excellent control and technical skill.
Overall, if you’re looking to make the most of the rest of your summer with some absolutely sick, face-demolishing heaviness, this album is definitely worth the purchase. It’s a thorough, straight to-the point riot starter that makes the most of its entire 30 minutes. Fans of bands like Magrudergrind, early Trap Them and Wormrot should definitely enjoy this band.
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