Artist: Mutant Supremacy
Album Title: Infinite Suffering
This is the first full-length record from Mutant Supremacy, an American band playing death metal.
The production on this album is rather nondescript, but in a good way. You can hear everything except the bass, the guitars have plenty of heft, and the growled/screeched vocals are right up-front in the mix. My sole complaint is that the lead guitars are extra-loud, and tend to drown everything else out. They tend to come in and out a little too abruptly, also.
Mutant Supremacy plays straightforward early-90s style death metal, and that about sums this record up. I like the early-Deicide style dual-vocals, and there are moments of quality -- the martial drumming and epic solo near the end of Sic Semper Tyrannis is good, as is the Incantation-ish doom section during "Extinction" -- but Infinite Suffering is too by-the-numbers for my taste. It's not bad, but it feels like someone took the average of a bunch of death metal bands from that era, and flows by without making much of an impression. Overall, the riffs are a little too predictable, the lead guitar parts a little too slow and structured, and the drumming a little too restrained.
Mutant Supremacy's musicianship is certainly solid, and there are some good ideas here, so I don't doubt they can improve on this effort. For now, though, I can't recommend this record.
Standout Tracks: "Sic Semper Tyrannis", "Extinction", "Vermin"