Let’s be honest: the Turkish band Inhuman Depravity are in a challenging place musically, and they consciously and confidently put themselves there.
They’ve chosen to embrace an old-school amalgam of technical/brutal death metal obviously influenced by the likes of Severe Torture and Deeds Of Flesh, Disavowed and Suffocation, Brutality and Sinister. They drop those names themselves. Those bands cast long shadows, and to stand in them risks remaining hidden, out of the light, because this style is so established and has been done so well before.
But even acknowledging the risks, it’s hard to fault the band for their choice of musical lineage. For one thing, this kind of music hasn’t gone out of style despite its age — people still hunger for it. For another, Inhuman Depravity are really fucking good at what they do. We’ve got the evidence of that today, through our premiere of the first advance song from the band’s forthcoming second album The Experimendead, which is Inhuman Depravity‘s first new music in a long seven years following their debut full-length.
The song is “Beyond Rhythm Zero“. It benefits greatly from the gruesome monstrosity of Lucy Ferra‘s guttural growls and maddened howls and from Eren Gursoy‘s relentlessly pummeling drumwork and Ertu Gozoglu‘s hurtling bass lines (and the way the bass prominently bubbles up in the midst of the often scathing violence around it).
The song delivers a full-bore beating, but it’s a head-spinner as well. Guitarist Murat Sabuncu delivers a cornucopia of flying fretwork sensations, creating a constantly changing mix of blaring, clawing, slashing, and darting sounds. As he does so, the moods change as well, ranging from hulking menace to thuggish cruelty, demented ecstasy, and even cold-eyed brooding.
The technical flair of the performances is vivid. The tempos change rapidly, the drumfills are electric, the string-slinging acrobatics are scintillating. The vocals don’t stay in a monotone, yet they’re constantly tyrannical and terrorizing (and there are some well-placed screams of agony and pleading near the end). And the brutality of the music is equally abundant: The grooves in the song are bone-smashing.
So yes, the band took some risks, but the song (and the album as a whole) prove they knew what the hell they were doing, and do it so well that the music stands out and earns its place in the midst of all those famous names that inspired these four.
The Experimendead is a compact onslaught, running 33 minutes across 8 songs, long enough to create an explosive and electrifying experience but not so long as to wear out its welcome.
The album is set for release on September 9th by Gruesome Records, in jewel-case CD and digital formats. Keep an eye on the locations linked below for more info about it.