Alienation Mental

Psychopathicolorspectrum

Psychopathicolorspectrum


Reviewed By Mark Lennard
Published 30/04/2008

Imagine if Dino Cazares joined Korn...

Tsk tsk ... what is in the water in the Czech Republic?? This self dubbed 'neo machine grindcore' project of marrying nu-metal/Korn riffs, beats, bass lines, lyrics and vocals with grind/death metal would have been better left in the jam room. Had the death/grind element been the only path followed on this 2005 release then it would have been a lot less cringe worthy. Alienation Mental (on this album are vocalist Milan, Jarda on drums, bass player Mira and guitarist Pavel) come across as a confused high school band that want to be a brutal metal band and could, if they simply bailed on the nu-metal leanings.

Opener A Yellow Symbol is basically a death metal track, and it's fairly brutal, but when Erase Head gets past its opening sample the nu-metal takes over and you could swear Korn had hijacked the studio. Stunning apparent plagiarism aside, death metal and Korn, like Ghostbusters weapons, are streams that should not cross! No Way Out is a deathcore-like effort that is a welcome change from the last track but then Mass Raped Hammer (huh?) ruins everything again with more nu-metal, adding to the misery.

A minute long sample introduces Neurotic (way too long at seven minutes) which starts out very reminiscent of Fear Factory's Scapegoat until Mr Davies and friends take over again, trading this off with almost grindcore passages. Confused yet? If all the Korn-isms were removed from this track it would have been minutes shorter and album highlight! Wreck is more of the same whereas title track Psychopathicolourspectrum sits firmly in the Fear Factory style and is clearly the album highlight. Excellent is last up and is a brief hip hop sample that is basically a waste of time.

I gave this album extra points for the death metal element because the riffing and drumming in these parts is not too bad. Overall the production was OK but the song writing is all over the place, possibly a victim of too many cooks. If the early era Fear Factory path had been the sole objective, and honed, then this could have been a totally different album. Unfortunately Alienation Mental had me constantly shaking my head instead of banging it.

(Khaaranus Productions)

Psychopathicolorspectrum

Reviewed By Mark Lennard
Published 30/04/2008