ILLOGICIST - The Unconsciousness of Living
GENRE: Technical death metal
LABEL: WillowTip Records
YEAR: November 1st, 2011
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Hammerheart Records
It's apparent right away that Illogicist idolize Chuck Schuldiner and Death. There's nothing wrong about that, I'm a big fan of Death myself. The music is very much in the vein of how Chuck & Co played on Individual Thought Patterns and onward, but the Italians do add their own things to the music so it's much more than just a rip-off of Death.
The bass is easy to hear in the music. In a way it makes me think of how Steve DiGiorgio played on Individual Thought Patterns. It profits the music that the bass is audible and overall it adds some additional feel to the music.
The song-writing is great. The music is diverse and coherent. There's a lot going on in the songs, but in spite of that it doesn't get too much. There are lots of catchy riffs and parts, like for instance on "Ghost of Unconsciousness" and "Perceptions from a Deceiving Memory". But now and then it feels a bit like the band put the technical ahead of the catchy, but it's a minor issue and the four-piece is largely able to get away with it.
The Unconsciousness of Living is a very good effort. Sure the style and sound is not uncommon, but it's not a big issue. If you like technical death metal in the vein of Individual Thought Patterns and The Sound of Perseverance era Death then you can't go wrong with The Unconsciousness of Living.