Sunday, April 27, 2014

Review: Under Aspect - The Things You Should Not See

Released in the early quarter of 2014, The Things You Should Not See is the highly anticipated third entry from Montreal based Under Aspect. Proclaimed as a band that could open for any international act, the group have gained a small following since their relentless beginnings in 2006 and have pushed forward constantly; landing on the stage with some of the more recognizable acts from Quebec such as Cryptopsy and other well known artists like Marilyn Manson and Killswitch Engage. 

Genre: Post-Hardcore, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore
Label: Self-released/independent
Release Date: February 4th, 2014
  1. Yesterday's Prayers
  2. The Sad King
  3. Broken Family
  4. What Does It Mean?
  5. Cuddling Toward Rat Poison
  6. Child's Play (Diggin' Gold)
  7. Common Illusion
  8. Guilty
Total Playtime: 28 minutes, 15 seconds

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Rating: 4.5/10




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Released in the early quarter of 2014, The Things You Should Not See is the highly anticipated third entry from Montreal based Under Aspect. Proclaimed as a band that could open for any international act, the group have gained a small following since their relentless beginnings in 2006 and have pushed forward constantly; landing on the stage with some of the more recognizable acts from Quebec such as Cryptopsy and other well known artists like Marilyn Manson and Killswitch Engage.

For those that enjoy their metal loud, fast and brutal you may want to turn back now. The Things You Should Not See is a metalcore-lite creation that seeks to come across heavier with it's large make-up of breakdowns and weakly attempted growls amidst a sea of generic instrument tones and song compositions. It feels as though Under Aspect's main thought process while creating this album was to include every stereotyped bland, common additive that they possibly could to make the material appeal to the tip of the iceburg metal audience. Any deep reaching metal enthusiast will turn this album off during the first minute, while other ears will most likely find themselves enjoying the easy listening value of this content.


As stated previously, a huge portion of this material is made up of breakdowns which are found in every track; though they are of the generalized tried and true variety with little to no interesting bits. The compositions themselves are horribly predictable to the point that it's easy to pin point the exact moment that the band will go into one of these breakdowns. It doesn't help that both the lead and rhythm guitars lack energy as they drip with the most standard distortion available. Most of the guitar framework is simplistic chord strums, although the lead guitar does contribute a few mildly entertaining solos. The lyrics are mostly written in ballad format, speaking of heartbreak and regular life themes, which is fairly typical for the metalcore scene. The vocals are okay, decent for what they are during clean singing and without any slight characteristics, however the vocalist either needs to improve his growls or just drop them completely. Sticking with the nature of the material, the drums are all set patterns and beats that've been heard a thousand times over and really bring nothing exciting to the table.

Eight tracks of generic, pristine, over produced, carefully manufactured metal that will appeal to only the most squeaky clean audience available. The Things You Should Not See could also be the things you should not hear, and will not be well received in the underground as it is nearly everything that metal should not be; extremely clean, bland distortion, redundant and boring themes, predictable and lethargic compositions, the list could be a mile long. Marketed as post-hardcore, this material isn't even close to being in the same league as that genre and would be better sold as rock. In it's defense, the album will be enjoyed by those who like ridiculously overproduced products and mainstream media. For the rest of the metal community, your time is much better spent on other material.

Physical Copy Provided by: Silver Wings Studios

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