Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: Near Death Condition - Evolving Towards Extinction

The Swedish trio known as Near Death Condition have been brutalizing death metal since their formation in 2001; although the band never officially released an album until 2004. They've gone through a number of bassists over the years, leaving lead guitarist/vocalist to take on the task, though little else has changed in the way of their line-up otherwise. 2014 has witnessed the release of the third full-length from Near Death Condition, which dons the painfully truthful title Evolving Towards Extinction.

Genre: Death Metal
Release Date: March 18th, 2014
  1. Words of Wisdom
  2. Between the Dead and the Dying
  3. Intelligent Design
  4. Pandemic of Ignorance
  5. Praise the Lord of Negation
  6. The Anatomy of Disgust
  7. Anagamin
  8. Evolving Towards Extinction
  9. Vertigo
  10. Communing with Emptiness
  11. Nostalgia for Chaos
Total Playtime: 51 minutes, 03 seconds




Rating: 5.0/10





The Swedish trio known as Near Death Condition have been brutalizing death metal since their formation in 2001; although the band never officially released an album until 2004. They've gone through a number of bassists over the years, leaving lead guitarist/vocalist to take on the task, though little else has changed in the way of their line-up otherwise. 2014 has witnessed the release of the third full-length from Near Death Condition, which dons the painfully truthful title Evolving Towards Extinction.

The metal-verse is an expansive, multicultural body of diversity; from the tried and true death and black metal of Sweden and Norway respectively, to more enigmatic concoctions of genres and locals. With an almost infinite number of riff configurations and songwriting designs waiting to be explored, it's sad to say that much of metal today relies on a set number repeated formulas with little innovation or creativity. Such is the unfortunate case with Evolving Towards Extinction.

What lies beyond the cover art of the album are a series of banal, text book technical death metal efforts. The material encompasses everything that one would expect from the genre, from the generic distortion to the onrush of chaotic song compositions that rarely diverge in tempo or rhythm. Blast beats, double bass drums, tremolo riffs, stagnant vocals, mid-high tempos, some lightly distorted solos; the entire basic blueprint is present. The experience overall is lackluster, with few interesting snippets such as some slight bends to the strings which make a 'twisted' and 'evil' sound; such as within "Pandemic of Ignorance".


There are also some synthesized choirs a couple times throughout the content, however "Nostalgia for Chaos" makes the most out of any keyboard effort with an exceedingly brief Castlevania style organ that lasts for a few seconds, as well as a clean piano outro. As far as the main instruments are concerned, "The Anatomy of Disgust" is the only track that stands apart from the rest, despite the background being almost fully encased with triggered double bass kicks and hi-hats. This track has a slower, old school death metal vibe and it's completed by a fairly enjoyable tapping solo. The rest of the songs are your crazy clusterfuck of novice skill sets that attempt to sound elaborate and complex; think of a blowfish, it puffs itself up to make itself look more fearsome to predators.

A very bland, dreary listen; Evolving Towards Extinction is doing just as the album title suggests. The compositions are in dire need of a high dosage injection of creativity, as they rattle on for far too long at the same pace; but that's just the beginning of the problems the material has. The distortion of the guitars have been heard a thousand and one times over, the vocals are just death metal vocals, and the technicality is plain and uninteresting. Better luck next time to Near Death Condition.

Digital Download Provided by: Earsplit PR

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