A Review by Reckless Ron
The band recorded their debut album “The Prophecy” in 2009 at studio Silver frog with Kyle (“Sikes”) Van Wyk and Sven Anderson on guitar with Arno Grundling on bass delivering an absolute bull’s-eye EP album.
With the devout fan base and provincial touring through SA octainium entered the studio in late 2013 to begin work on “suffer the clock”which has recently been released July 31 2014.
Octainiums’ musical influences are very wide and diverse, but their sound is along the lines of Upon A Burning Body,Parkway Drive, Lamb of God, Kill Switch Engage, Avatar or perhaps Trivium ; melodic yet death metalish all at once with Maritz easily traversing from guttural apexes to melodic vocal weaves like a big top Acrobat. This band is very versatile, it’s hard to box them into one genre, which is fine with them.
So let’s stage dive into “Suffer The Clock” GO!
• “Suffer The Clock” opens with “The Writing Is On The Wall” a bombastic array of metal music with plenty of double kick drumming , superb guitar work with super heavy-end baselines topped off with face melting vocals. “Dethrone” starts with a simple guitar melody that soon gives way to a bone crushing heaviness which will have you pumping your fist in the air. The band balances just the right amount of big and heavy with lighter melody throughout this song.
“Holier Than Thou” is perhaps the heaviest song on the album with lyrical content directed at religion and those in power, plenty of raw rage throughout. “Grist to the mill” has a total death metal growl to the vocals yet the music has a great swagger-groove to it and incorporates some clean vocal choruses which work really well. The title track off this album “Suffer The Clock” begins like a shot gun blast with a quick tempo and back and forth harsh/clean lyrics. A very catchy number that will surely have the crowds jumping off their feet in unison and throwing their horns to the skies. “Skeletons” features Alicia Van Wyk accompanying Maritz on vocal duties making this song uniquely beautiful amongst all of the brutal heaviness that is on this CD! “Another Day, Another Death” is perhaps my favorite on this disc that combines all of the great elements that this band possesses and really drives home a good point. No Regrets! “Ineptocracy” Is an uplifting number with great appeal, Chock-Full of Riffs, hooks and lots of tempo changes. “What’s Your Poison” addresses the demons that everyone has, incorporating a roller coaster effect throughout the song. Blasting you in the face one moment, then gently reflecting upon it next, very good song. “The Devil Take The Hindmost” is a lighthearted number with a great FM radio appeal to it, short and sweet with very catchy guitar lines. “If The Shoe Fits” is full of great harmony and touches upon an anthem like chorus. Duel vocals with great lyrics and plenty of sub-pop’s too boot \m/. “Vs The World” wraps up this CD with a great deal of craftsmanship and integrity. The song in my opinion is definitely the blackhorse on the album, keeping the listener involved with the music right up until the end, nodding one’s head in unison, and understanding. Definitely my favorite on this CD \m/
What I appreciated most about this album was the way the music was composed and arranged; to the point and balanced appropriately. The music doesn’t sound predictable or following any given formula or fad but well composed with intelligent lyrics that seamlessly weave within the music.
Unlike some bands where you hear a monotonous theme throughout their CD, “Suffer The Clock” is
original and well thought out with every song involving all band members in the creation process.
There are unique surprises on each song that I would find upon each consecutive listen and the music doesn’t sound tired and boring. This South African band has a great future and I highly recommend this record. If I was to rate this album I would give it 4 out of 5.. Broken Necks
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