There are two troubling perplexities with the sound of current modern metal: its oppressive and predictable. Thanks to the infusion of hardcore into the metal scene over the last two decades, heavy metal has morphed from it's melodic origins into a harsh and overbearing bastard child. It wields its presence by the brutality of crushing riffs and intense tempos. Thankfully, in the same period of time, some bands had the common sense to bring back melody and harmony to the metal. Lately this has come from the rise of European melodic death metal and the so-called New Wave Of American Heavy Metal. However, the second problem of predictability arises: everybody's doing it. Even worse, every band thinks they're version is different from others, a proposition that begs for credulity and only perpetuates a delusion.
Denmark's Submission fits right into this modern metal trend: Code Of Conspiracy is a work filled with crushing riffs, nasty death lead vocals, interludes of smooth clean vocal arrangements, and vigorous and proficient guitar solos wrapped up in overwhelming heaviness and breathless intensity. As the wise king said, 'there is nothing new under the sun.' Thankfully, Submission is very good at what they do, meeting or exceeding their peers in intensity and craftsmanship. Possibly, the best features come from the beauty of the clean vocal interludes and the lightning fret work which fills every song. Conversely, except for the uncharacteristically light An Illusion Of The Perfect Forever, there is little variation from beginning to end here. Once you've heard the first three songs, you've heard the whole album.
Submission's Code Of Conspiracy is another typical platter of modern metal: crushing intensity overlaid with interludes of melody and soaring guitar work. Submission is as good as their peers, but hardly different. Code Of Conspiracy is a definite must for fans of Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Arch Enemy, and others within this massive sea of sameness.
Submission's Code Of Conspiracy is another typical platter of modern metal: crushing intensity overlaid with interludes of melody and soaring guitar work. Submission is as good as their peers, but hardly different. Code Of Conspiracy is a definite must for fans of Killswitch Engage, In Flames, Arch Enemy, and others.
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