Following my piece on Friday concerning the imminent release of the new Deviated Instinct 12″, ‘Liberty Crawls….’, the band have now posted a taster on their Bandcamp site. And it does not disappoint.
‘Thorn in Your Flesh‘ is one of the four tracks on the 12″, and it plays out over nearly five minutes of heavy, slow metallic crust. This really is vintage D.I.
I spend ridiculous amounts of time searching out and listening to new music, and although some of it is really terrific, you begin to realise just how many new bands there are with a lot to learn. The slow, doom – styled metal sound seems to attract a lot of bands, and as a result there are a lot of musicians who think that two or three good, slow riffs will make a great song. How wrong they are. The majority of newer bands in the genre are now formulaic and predictable; it takes old hands like Deviated Instinct to make you realise that skill and exprience – gained through years of slogging around sleazy live venues all over the world and playing together as a unit – are far more important.
Back in the day, the previous recorded output of the band suffered from a less than decent production: they had great songs but the muddy sound never did them justice. That’s all been solved here. The sound is way heavier than the older material, crisp, hard-hitting and precise. The involvement of Bri Doom during the recording, and then Brad Boatright of Audiosiege in the engineering has enhanced the sound massively. I get the immediate impression that this is what the band were always capable of, and you can just feel them enjoying themselves playing this track. Tony’s solid drumming, never overdone, underpins the slow to mid-paced music with its thick, hard-hitting slaps of rhythmic power. Snapa’s massive bass sound intertwines with Mid’s classic guitar attack to give extra weight to those trademark D.I. riffs, whilst Leggo’s gruff vocals have been mixed to perfection, resulting in a track that effortlessly shows the newcomers how it should be done – slow build up, faster sections, those great MC5 – style call and respond vocal parts all prove that the band knows how to compose a song. There’s quarter of a century of playing live and in the studio here, and it shows. The primeval influences of early Antisect hover menacingly in the air, while the Celtic Frost styled metal influences lend the track extra excitement.
If the rest of the EP is up to this standard, and I have no doubt that it will be, then we are awaiting a classic release. A full review will no doubt follow in time. Now get out and buy it and see for yourself!