Written by Alex Stojanovic
Lost In Despair
The Suicidal Trance
Inho Kwak - Vocals & bass
Minsu Kim - Guitars
Jaeseung Lee - Guitars
Seunghwi Confyverse Kim - Drums
Release Date: May 31, 2018
Label: Dope Entertainment
During the breakdown of "Seraphic Retaliation", the band give a nod to Dying Fetus with the slow chugging riffs and the ultra-low gutterals. Vocally, Inho Kwak strongly resembles Frank Mullen of Suffocation, but you can also hear hints of John Gallagher of Dying Fetus and Chris Barnes of Six Feet Under. When it comes to gutteral vocals, I love the style a lot, but when you look at it from a wider angle, they can limit your possibilities, and give the songs very little to no variation. It's always best to think hills and valleys when it comes to the flow of the vocals to make things more interesting. If Kwak added some highs to go with the lows, it would've made the songs stand out a bit more. As I've said several times before, there's only a handful of bands where the vocal style is very linear and monotone that appeal to me.
Towards the end of the record is where we get something a little different, but not that different. "Desire's Hostage" is one of the standout tracks because musically, it takes a more straightforward approach with traditional metal riffing and Kwak incorporates some gritty vocals, adding a different flavour to the record. It honestly felt a little refreshing to hear that. The closing track "Memnoch" begins with a clean guitar passage before heading back into familiar territory with crushing riffs and grooves, and Kwak also includes some dark spoken-word vocals. Towards the end of the track, he finally incorporates some melodic vocals.
I have to be honest like I always am. I love my death metal, but when it comes to discovering new death metal bands, there's very few bands of the style that manage to grab hold of my interest and get me excited. The death metal scene today seems to be overflowing with bands following the same formula in their music, and it gets watered down. I wouldn't exactly call Memnoch one of the new bands that managed to grab my interest completely, because Command Hallucination didn't contain nearly enough variety as I hoped it would. However, there is a good balance between heavy and melodic guitar work and punishing drum work, but if a little more melodic vocals (not too much) were included, to give the album more variety, and the gutteral vocals included more highs and lows, rather than one monotone voice, it would've stood out much more. Wishing all the best to Memnoch for the future! If you love your death metal, I highly suggest you check them out.
Highs: "Obsolete Contrition", "Desire's Hostage" and "Memnoch"
Lows: Vocals can get stale
Final Rating: 7/10