Artist: Supreme Lord
Title: Father Kaos
Label: Witching Hour Productions
So… after seven long years Polish journeyman Reyash finally found a spare moment to lay down the second Supreme Lord album ‘Father Kaos’. Being an active member of Christ Agony, founder of Witchmaster and frequent session-player for Vader and Incantation, this metal warrior has kept busy since the release of debut X99.9. A question is how this has affected the final product? Are high standards maintained or are we merely served an overcooked piece of steak, whilst actually having ordered it raw… seriously paying these kind of prices at an Argentinean Restaurant (known for quality after all!) I expect raw when I order raw. “Take that back, garcon; bring me another one, garcon… and another pint of Quilmes, whilst you’re at it.”
Aaaanways, to those unfamiliar to Supreme Lord, they’re a technical/brutal death metal band from some town I’ve never heard of in Poland. They’ve been going since 1991, so they’re actually genre veterans. But with the genre techdeath scene basically just hitting a dead horse with a golf club and releasing generic boring turds after the other… can these ‘old timers’ show ‘em how it’s done?
There’s no doubt that Father Kaos is a powerful album. Everything is seemingly in place, from sound to ‘hooky bits’. As pigeonholed it’s brutal, old school and pretty technical too, boxes ticked. Father Kaos will certainly satisfy fans of the genre. But the real question is, does it stand out when placed outside of its confront zone (after all brutal death metal fans, especially here in the UK) like bands like Amputated, so the bar’s set pretty fucking low [watch’a wanna do, I’m like a seven foot tall, blonde bodybuilder]).
The mentioned old-schoolness is what truly sets Supreme Lord apart from today’s brutal death scene. Not because they’re trying to sound old-school, but because they fucking are old school to the bone. The blood of the old death-gods flows in their veins. Unfortunately, because it’s been that same blood flowing through those very veins… not much seems to have developed in any way or the other… it’s all been heard before. The question is answered: no, it doesn’t really stand out. A miasma of generic mediocrity sort’a lingers in the air, throwing doubt over certain moments of brilliance. Despite its incredible power, musicianship and, at times, quite satisfying song-writing – this does not sound to me like a product of seven years of hard focused work.
(7/ 10 Miika Virtanen)