Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review: Dodsferd - The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race

Greek black metalists Dodsferd have released a plethora of content since their formation in 2001, sometimes releasing multiple albums per year, which was the original case with  group's eighth event, The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race. The album was the second to come in 2013, alongside A Breed of Parasites, being released under Razorbleed Productions before finding a home in 2014 through Moribund Records. With their previous seven efforts being black metal, it's no surprise that Dodsferd have decided to take a slight directional twist with this latest release, venturing into the not-so-faroff realm of punk, which was the underlying inspiration for black metal. 

Genre: Black Metal
Release Date: March 18th, 2014
  1. Breeding Chaos
  2. Creator of Disease
  3. Stupid Worthless Sheep
  4. Doubting Your Worth
  5. We Are 138 (Misfits Cover)
Total Playtime: 30 minutes, 13 seconds




Rating: 4.5/10




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Greek black metalists Dodsferd have released a plethora of content since their formation in 2001, sometimes releasing multiple albums per year, which was the original case with  group's eighth event, The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race. The album was the second to come in 2013, alongside A Breed of Parasites, being released under Razorbleed Productions before finding a home in 2014 through Moribund Records. With their previous seven efforts being black metal, it's no surprise that Dodsferd have decided to take a slight directional twist with this latest release, venturing into the not-so-faroff realm of punk, which was the underlying inspiration for black metal.

In it's majority, the album is made up of fast punk structures with an inlaid black metal influence that make room for some diminished chord picking sections and slower, more unique patterned drumming along with one-octave shout vocals. The base of the compositions are overly simple, with catchy riffs such as in "Breeding Chaos", a track that leads the album promisingly with a uncomplicated guitar hooks backed by a loud bass track and double bass drums; all of which make for a headbang worthy event. Nonetheless, shortly after this track is where the material begins to crack and show the many issues that are located within.

When it comes to quality there is good-bad production, where the content has a suiting and intended low-grade sound, and bad-bad production, where the content tries to have a decent quality but ultimately fails in doing so by having multiple issues; in this case, unintended and/or post-production generated distortion. The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race is of the latter in every sense, as it takes on bouts of crippling distortion and a low, muffling quality is brought on by the headset killing, speaker blowing loudness that it's cursed with; this primarily effects the cymbals and hi-hats on the drums, as well as the vocals. While it's painfully obvious that the album is supposed to be an off-kilter "fuck the mainstream" punk record, the quality sounds pristine other than the outlined issues, leading one to believe that it's a post-production input to make the content sound more gritty.


Production flaws aside, the album rarely varies in tempo and tone, it's one stagnant oasis of dry punk compositions. The vocals make this the most obvious by sticking to the same shouted octave for the entirety of the material up until the Misfits cover, "We Are 138", which features dual vocals; the clean vocals in this track stand well on their own however the coupling high pitched vocals could hit the scrap bin. These high pitched yells plague the album from beginning to end and aren't skilled or enjoyable at any point in time. The guitar is heard indulging in the expected high treble, simple power chord rhythms that are the generic foundation of punk material and the bass lays in the realm of being barely heard. The drums are oddly enough the most advanced feature of the content, even though they mostly stick to blast beats and double bass kicks they do have some more exotic beats from time to time.

Overall a lackluster generic punk effort that's injected with spurts of black metal influence. The biggest hindrance to The Parasitic Survival of the Human Race is its abhorrent production that leaves the material mixed way too loud, which causes a distortion that muffles the cymbals and hi-hats of the drums while making the vocals all the more irritating with a wavering surrounding distortion. The content has some fun and memorable rhythms now and then, however nothing overly outstanding that would cause one to seek this album out; the all too tried-and-true simple foundations are good for a spin, but soon thereafter forgotten.

Digital Download Provided by: Moribund Records

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