Sunday, September 28, 2014

Review: Methedras - System Subversion

Italy based thrashers Methedras have been kicking around since 1999, and in that time they've released three LPs and a demo. Over the years, the quartet have assimilated a relatively large number of fans, and audiences have had a lengthy wait for new material. A daunting five year interval between their previous release, Katarsis, and their new fourth full-length, System Subversion, have left Methedras out of the limelight. Their new effort proves to be the longest to date, clocking in at just under an hour, but is it their strongest endeavor?

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Independent/self-released
Release Date: August 15th, 2014
  1. Subversion
  2. You Got It
  3. Deathocracy
  4. Dead Memories
  5. Fallout
  6. Thrown Away
  7. Shit Happens
  8. Brawl
  9. Blood, Oil & Vengeance
  10. Distorted Emotions
Total Playtime: 51 minutes, 01 seconds





Rating: 6.5/10




Italy based thrashers Methedras have been kicking around since 1999, and in that time they've released three LPs and a demo. Over the years, the quartet have assimilated a relatively large number of fans, and audiences have had a lengthy wait for new material. A daunting five year interval between their previous release, Katarsis, and their new fourth full-length, System Subversion, have left Methedras out of the limelight. Their new effort proves to be the longest to date, clocking in at just under an hour, but is it their strongest endeavor?

The material within System Subversion can't exactly be lumped into one or two genres of metal. While the beginning portion of the content, along with other kernels peppered throughout the album, is more thrash than anything else, many of the later tracks incorporate elements of symphonic, melodic and groove metal. While the inclusion of a handful of genres promises that the material will have enough diversity, unfortunately Methedras stick with the dehydrated stock of each.

The album is bound in a high grade production with a dynamically boosted sound, which makes the melodic/symphonic formulas stand out. Overall, the drums are the backbone to the content and offer up an array of arrangements that hardly ever reappear from track to track. "You Got It" has one of the more attention grabbing tom-tom rhythms, while the rest of the material utilizes nearly every thrash and death metal beat in the book; while these drum beats aren't unique by any means, the drummer does give a solid dose of variety. The vocals also provide a ton of multifariousness to the tracks, it's impressive that Claudio Facheris can change from growls to melodic clean singing on a whim, and no one song is completely devoted to one style or the other.


While everything here has been heard before, and the album isn't exceptionally interesting, that doesn't mean that the content is completely devoid of some enjoyability. "Dead Memories" is a fun tune that uses pinch harmonics during its main makeup, "Shit Happens" contains the best of the provided grooving rhythms and memorable choruses, and "Distorted Emotion" takes a break from the power chords and palm muted riffs to take an adventure into alternating picking. "Fallout" is another worthwhile mention, as it's one of the more impressive symphonic tracks.

Among the obligatory thrash chants, bland guitar tones and by-the-book intertwined compositions, System Subversion does have a wide range of genres, rhythms and vocals that will keep the listener interested for a short duration. The material itself isn't incredibly interesting, as it lacks any attention grabbing themes and elements that would make the content stand on its own. However, it's not a terrible listen either. If you're up for a compilation of groove, melodic and thrash metal, give this one a spin.

Digital Download Provided by: Clawhammer PR

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