ELEMENT

Technical Death Metal • United States
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ELEMENT are an American, California based technical death metal act formed in 2004. ELEMENT released their debut full-length studio album "Aeons Past" in 2007.

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ELEMENT Aeons Past album cover 3.61 | 5 ratings
Aeons Past
Technical Death Metal 2007
ELEMENT The Energy album cover 4.06 | 4 ratings
The Energy
Technical Death Metal 2010

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Element
Technical Death Metal 2004

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ELEMENT Aeons Past

Album · 2007 · Technical Death Metal
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"Aeons Past" is the debut full-length studio album by US death metal act Element. The album was released through Brutal Bands in January 2007. It was recorded and mixed by Matt Sotelo at Legion Studios and features KC Howard from Decrepit Birth on drums.

The music on the album is sci-fi themed technical death metal with brutal unintelligible vocals. The sound production makes the music slightly more accessible then most brutal technical death metal releases, but this is still fast, brutal, and played with great technical skills. Because of the sci-fi themed lyrics and imagery (maybe one of the most beautiful cover artworks I´ve ever seen) Origin is probably the most valid reference I can come up with, but Element are slightly less intense compared to their colleagues. At 30:04 minutes "Aeons Past" is almost over before you notice it but it´s a perfect length for a release in this demanding style. The quality of the tracks are generally high even though it´s not the kind of release where it´s easy to name highlights. No tracks in particular stand out from the others.

Element don´t exactly invent the wheel on "Aeons Past" and their brand of brutal technical death metal is not instantly recognisable as the sound of Element, but the album certainly is both very well played, well produced, and relatively well written and therefore a 3.5 star (70%) rating isn´t all wrong.

ELEMENT The Energy

Album · 2010 · Technical Death Metal
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"The Energy" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US death metal act Element. The album was released in November 2011 by Brutal Bands. Element impressed me quite a lot with their debut album "Aeons Past (2007)", which is a brutal technical death metal album, but of the more memorable kind. Things have changed on "The Energy" though (apparently to the great dismay of fans of brutal technical death metal). First of all Element is now a one-man project. Mason Gregory handles both guitars, bass and vocals on the album. On the debut album KC Howard from Decrepit Birth played the drums, but on this album Mason Gregory has programmed the drums.

The music on the album is technical death metal with loads of melodic elements and a slight progressive edge. A reference to acts like Obscura and Abysmal Dawn wouldn´t be wrong but there´s a slight influence in the music from an act like Cynic too. The influence from the latter is only heard in the most mellow spacy sections of the album though. The musicianship is on an extremely high level throughout the album. Fast technical riffing, epic melodic themes and intricate song structures are some of the features on "The Energy". There are still traces of the band´s brutal past in some of the most fast-paced blasting death metal parts, but the pace is generally slower than on the last album and the vocals are not as one-dimensionally brutal as the case was on the debut album. Here Mason Gregory varies his vocals between deep growling and more higher pitched raspy styled vocals. The tracks are generally very memorable with strong hooks. Both melodic hooks and rythmic ones too. I´m actually rather impressed by how well the songs are composed. Lots of clever tempo- and time signature changes grace the songs, but it´s never at the expence of flow or power.

The production suits the music well but there are a few issues with the sound. The programmed drums, while being very well programmed, still sound... well programmed. They simply lack the human factor that only a "real" human drummer can provide and therefore they are the weak link on the album. As mentioned it´s not the biggest issue and I´m fully able to enjoy the album without thinking too much about it. I just feel obligated to give it a mention.

Other than that slight issue, my overall feeling about this album is one of amazement. I have read very few reviews of "The Energy" on the sites that I regularly visit and the album seems a bit overlooked. I´d say that´s quite a shame. "The Energy" deserves much more attention from fans of melodic technical death metal than it apparently gets. Such a high quality release deserves a 3.5 - 4 star rating.

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