Tech death instrumentalists Dark Matter Secret deliver over 40 minutes of jaw-dropping musicianship on their debut album, Perfect World Creation.
Following 2015’s Xenoform single, Perfect World Creation shows this Russian outfit crafting intense compositions rife with dazzling complexity and Sci-Fi atmospheres. Guitarist Denis Shvarts, fretless bassist Pavel Semin and new drummer Andrey Ischenko (Arkona) display their virtuosic, stringed wizardry and percussive prowess respectively across seven tracks of proggy madness that is cut from the same cloth as Blotted Science and Obscura. Those who prefer their death metal on the more elaborate and intergalactic sides of things will gleefully dive into Perfect World Creation head first.
Shvarts’ menagerie of ever-shifting guitar riffs and Semin’s equally frantic basslines weave around each other like pairs of mating serpents across this lengthy tech death piece. The guitars waste no time ripping the listener limb from limb with their blistering speed and complexity. Cosmic-bred death metal riffs gallop and shudder feverishly, frequently mutating into dissonant, spiraling chaos or melodic ardor. The occasional angular lurch (“Constellation Grows”) and off-kilter thrash assault (“Organic Nucleation”) makes an appearance as well and fights for dominance with Shvarts’ seemingly never-ending array of interstellar solos.
While Shvarts’ awe-inspiring guitar acrobatics tend to steal the show on Perfect World Creation, the rhythm section is also particularly noteworthy. Semin’s bass work can be heard battling Shvarts’ frenetic guitar riffs across the record, helping to create a dense and ever-moving sound. The occasional jazz-like break between sections of metallic chaos allows Semin to deliver impressive and dynamic solos that reverberate among ethereal atmospheres. Ischenko’s drumming is also worth highlighting for its pummeling presence and dynamics. Not only is his drumming sonically crushing throughout, he is able to switch between hellacious blast beats to jazz-esque syncopation on the drop of a dime. With each passing minute, it becomes increasingly clear that Perfect World Creation is an album that musician types will absolutely fawn over.
But despite its amazing performances and its share of crushing, mind-boggling moments, Perfect World Creation falls prey to the same pitfalls that other albums of its ilk are plagued with. There are a plethora of moments on the record where Dark Matter Secret tends to ride out similar methods of attack and composition that other technical death metal bands rely on too heavily, arguably. A lot of moments on the record become a blur of palm-muted, galloping death metal riffs and sweep-picked, progressive solos and licks that always bleed back and forth between one another. And with each of the tracks being over seven minutes in length, the instrumentation becomes meandering and a bit derivative of itself.
Dark Matter Secret‘s debut is a solid technical death metal record, but one that fails to distant itself from others of the genre. While the musicianship is absolutely stellar to an almost ludicrous degree, and while the record does have its fair share of interesting twists and turns, it is often overshadowed by the album’s reliance on old genre tropes and methods. It’s certainly not a bad record, and fans of the genre will enjoy it regardless, but its more of the same for the most part.
Release Date: June 2, 2017
Label: The Artisan Era
Favorite Tracks: “Emergence of Time”, “Constellation Grows” and “Organic Nucleation”
For Fans Of: Obscura, Blotted Science and Origin