Monday, June 25, 2012
Masakari- The Prophet Feeds CS review
Masakari- The Prophet Feeds review
This is a hodgepodge of multiple awesome influences- Tragedy is the most prominent, with a few hints of Nails, His Hero is Gone, maybe a little D-beat… undoubtedly, Masakari is among the bands doing the melodic D-beat thing Tragedy started. However, this is one of the best bands doing it- it’s a mystery as to why these dudes didn’t open for them on May 15th when Tragedy played Cleveland. All points aside- Masakari’s “The Prophet Feeds” is an extremely heavy, furious, political crust album.
The vocals for the band are hoarse, thick, barking shouts and screams- perfectly suited for the music. There’s a lot of energy there- a very different element for crust (usually, it’s just the instruments that have the power), and it’s for the better. The guitars alternate between the fucking brutal rhythm parts that crush like an unstoppable murder vehicle, and the lead parts providing depressing, hopeless melodic interludes. The drums are all over the place, but have an ultimate purpose of being the primary instrument that contributes to the background noise- sometimes, the guitar becomes the instrument of noise while the drums are the main focus. The bass is well-mixed in the rest of the music, crunching along the remains of any unfilled remnants of the song. Ultimately, the sound is comparable to Tragedy in many ways, but it has a different feel- whereas Tragedy has a desperately hopeless soundtrack for humanity’s downfall, Masakari has a soundtrack to the aftermath mankind faces (at the hands of some deity, mother nature, whatever greater power you want to believe in). Interesting…
In addition to the killer sound the band has here, the politics are very sharply worded and placed into the music, and the album ends with a soldier’s speech about his service and how it has shamed him, given what he has seen regarding racism and the Iraq occupation- very thought-provoking. One of the better crust albums of late, and one of the better Tragi-core bands playing out now- grab this, you won’t regret it.