The Deathisodes – Inside the Universe of Horror
Release Date: June 21, 2013
One man projects are becoming more and more popular over the last few years, considering how technology has been advancing and how affordable programs, computers, and the like have made it easier for great albums to be made in anyone’s living room. With this said, that also doesn’t mean that anybody can just come up with an excellent album or something groundbreaking either. Only a handful of one man projects have really caught my eye as of late, one of them being The Deathisodes.
The Deathisodes is the product of Alex Loader, the brainchild behind the concept and music and his overall idea of starring guest musicians alongside his works. These guest musicians lie within the underground sections of the UK metal scene and in my opinion further the music even more. Inside the Universe of Horror is the second full length album from this project and seeks to push the boundaries of melodic death metal with sci-fi-esque themes and twists and turns of sprinkled in genres.
“Dead Arising” starts the album off strongly, with a mixture of electronica and guitar riffs. An explosion of coarse vocals and flowing, “epic” guitar work. Amma Robinson (Typheus) provides a vocal style I don’t hear often if at all. She has a way of making them sound powerful yet hollowed at simultaneously. This tune takes a bit of time to get used to but after several listens it seems to mix it quite well. Although many folks don’t like the electronic genre mixed with metal, I find that they act as a special kind of keyboard addition, adding in melody along with that “space-like” atmosphere. Add these elements along with Benjamin Ellis’s fluid and airy guitar work layered on top and you have one strong album opener.
“For Chaos Is Master” somewhat continues the formula from before in pretty much every aspect except with the use of different members and a slightly different twist and heaviness. “For Chaos Is Master” features another Bloodshot Dawn member, Josh McMorran and Mask of Judas member, Sam Bell. Josh handles the vocals of the track and Sam handles the guitar portion. Both of these minds combine to dig an even deeper and heavier hitting cut into this album. This immediately becomes a favorite and one of those songs that you just have to blast through the speakers.
“Black Virus” introduces the use of clean and harsh vocal harmonies along with some of the same riffs as metalcore. I immediately feel reminded of Killswitch Engage (as well as others resembling the band). Jut Tabor (Furyborn) and Ollie Roberts (Silent Prophecy) bring in a breath of fresh air at just the right time with this change of pace.
If you’re not sold on Inside The Universe of Horror, then give “Whitechapel Mystery” a shot. Heavy metal goodness just pours from this track, including Bruce Dickinson-esque vocals layered with the traditional heavy metal style as well. This track is another of many highlights that really caught my attention even to the 500th listen.
The Deathisodes pulls quite a few surprises as mentioned above, and even more as the album progresses. One of these being “Installation 4”, which is one of two tracks that don’t contain any vocals. I don’t consider them filler at all, in fact I feel they play a huge part of the “loose concept” of the album. The feeling of traversing is apparent, especially with the keyboard work of Isak Asplund (Enterion) who is able to create this awesome atmosphere but keeping that energetic pace going.
As the record begins to reach it’s end, there are still plenty of great moments. Every track has this melody that easily infects your brain, that is until the next melody does the exact same thing. The contributions from all of these underground acts doesn’t shift the album to any sort of negative aspect at all. Actually, I find this approach to be very refreshing, especially with the use of several different vocal styles that are easily identifiable and work out very well for where they are placed.
This unique take doesn’t take away from consistency either. You’ll find some of the tracks to be oddly different from some of the others in terms of sound, but looking into it further it just feels like that is part of the overall concept. Take these “chapters” and fuse it with different styles of metal fused with a great atmospheric yet driving electronic additions.
Overall, this album is catchy, constructed well, and comes off as one of those surprising releases you’d never find without someone in the underground telling you about it. If you’re into the whole sci-fi theme of sorts, love melodic death metal with sprinkles of a few other genres on top, then check this out. If you’re looking for something off the spectrum of regularly released music, this one is for you too.
Alex Loader (Ex-Akakios)
Jake Archer (EnTro-P)
Ashley Edison (Dendera)
Jut Tabor (FuryBorn)
James Baillie-Hamilton (Cryostorm)
Alexander Fawcett (Oceanus)
Josh McMorran and Doug Anderson (Bloodshot Dawn)
Kieren Radford (Becoming The Leviathan)
Steve Kerr (Ex-The Last Legion)
Elliott Alderman-Broom (Cambion)
Amma Robinson (Ex-Typheous)
James Baillie-Hamilton and Jack Gliddon (Cryostorm)
Samhain Carter-Brazier (Dead PinUps)
Ollie Roberts (Silent Prophecy / Metaprism)
Alexander Fawcett (Oceanus)
James Whitmarsh (Aethara)
Nick Richardson (FuryBorn)
Sam Bell (Mask of Judas)
Benjamin Ellis (Bloodshot Dawn)
Steve Walker (Puresist)
Keys and Synths –
Isak Asplund (Enterion)
Jarmo Ilo (Arch Imp)