Electrocution - Metaphysincarnation
Death Metal
11 songs (37:41)
Release year: 2014
Goregorecords (Aural Music)
Reviewed by Charles
Electrocution, from Italy, released their first and, until now, only album, Inside the Unreal in 1993. It was buried in the sands of time for a while, but then resurfaced a couple of years ago when it was reissued by Goregorecords. They finally hit the big time when I gave it a favourable review for this site in May 2012. It would be pushing it way too far to describe Inside the Unreal as some kind of lost classic, but it was worth hearing. The band kind of crystallised certain trends in death metal circa 1993: their roots were in a more ‘mainstream’, grooving US death approach, but there were various lunges towards an Atheist-influenced tech/fusion sound. Listening to it, you get the impression of a band that liked Unquestionable Presence quite a lot, but only quite a lot, because these elements were pretty marginalised within the band’s songwriting as a whole.

On Metaphysincarnation- only their second record despite having formed in 1990- Electrocution seem to be following their instincts and making more of their primitive side. To an extent, this would fit neatly alongside other comeback albums from groovier death metal bands like Asphyx or Cianide. Lots of thuggishly powerful mid-tempo riffs, and guttural vocals a bit reminiscent of someone like Max Cavalera (who according to Metal Archives Alex Guadagnoli from Electrocution was shortlisted to replace in Sepultura). Exemplary of this approach tracks like Bloodless, Logos, or the opener Wireworm which is fiery, old-school death with a grunting, grooving chorus. It sounds like the vocal line is shouting ‘all we need is a wanker, wanker’, I think could work as a potential option for the Conservative Party’s 2015 campaign slogan, if someone would only suggest it to them (Goat?).

But that makes it sound a little one-dimensional, which it isn’t, really. There are more ambitious tunes here- take the standout Abiura, for example, with all its vicious transitions and its wanton lead guitar solo; not to mention its acoustic flourishes which could fit on …And Justice for All. Spirals in Tension is a weird, awkward track, with its techy widdling of a very dense and abrasive kind. Quite a respectable album, but not one that adds massively to what is already out there in death metal today.

Killing Songs :
Abiura, Wireworm
Charles quoted 75 / 100
Other albums by Electrocution that we have reviewed:
Electrocution - Inside the Unreal reviewed by Charles and quoted 85 / 100
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