Album Year: 2011
Location: Melbourne, Australia
As of late, Australia has become a breeding ground for up and coming Deathcore musicians, with bands such as Thy Art Is Murder and The Red Shore somewhat dominating the Australian Metal scene. ‘Repugnance’, the debut album from Melbourne’s own State Of East London, attempts to maintain the standards of flat-out brutality set by these bands. Does the album maintain these standards of flat-out brutality? Most definitely. But does it bring anything new to the table? Unfortunately not.
Repugnance is everything you would expect from a Deathcore album (blast beats, breakdowns, tempo changes, harsh vocals, etc) but without that defining aspect that would possibly set them apart from other bands in the genre. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t a group of brilliant musicians, because they are.
Josh Ricci (drums), for example, is sensational and the drums on ‘Bane Of Humanity’ are a definite highlight of the album. Unfortunately, this standard of drumming takes the attention away from the fairly repetitive guitar work on a majority of the album, although the solo on ‘Silent Stranglehold’ provides the album with it’s only incidence of notable melody. The vocals range from low growls to high screams, with a few mid-range shouts thrown in, which are performed well.
All in all, Repugnance is definitely worth checking out despite it’s lack of originality, simply because of it’s sheer heaviness. Plus, for a debut album the production quality is outstanding and SOEL clearly knew what they were doing. However, if you’re looking for a record that stands out within this genre, you’ll probably be better off looking elsewhere.
For fans of: Whitechapel, Chelsea Grin, The Acacia Strain, Cattle Decapitation, The Red Shore, Ingested.