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Realm – Suiciety (1990)

folderSuiciety is a screamer…er. Silliness aside, it’s often more aggressive and technical than its predecessor, although it remains firmly in the nebulous power/thrash camp. Given how close that sort of metal was to being ‘mainstream’ at the very moment this was released, I assume this was Realm’s commercial peak… although Realm was never really that commercially successful. They did have more momentum than a lot of similar bands due to being signed to Roadrunner Records. Then again, I’m not here to talk about the commercial figures associated with music (although I know a few people who are really into that.) Either way, it’s worth noting that Suiciety isn’t very different from its predecessor, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be.

Suiciety does have a production that emphasizes the bass and drumming; in contrast, Endless War focused on its guitarwork. I read an interview somewhere where members of the band complained about this, as well as other mixing problems, but I don’t think they detract from the final product. Bass audibility in particular is often a problem for metal bands, and this little quirk of the production does take the edge off that. The bass often follows the guitar, but when it doesn’t, the mix helps. Everything else in the mix hasn’t changed much.

The composition changes I mentioned mean this album lacks the blatantly prog-rock influenced material that Endless War had, and its two major outpourings (“Eminence” and “Root of Evil”) unfortunately have no real counterparts on this album. This means that the album isn’t as dynamic coming from a band that could write that sort of thing. On the other hand, the proggy structures are still here, and I still think the band is at its absolute best when playing at high velocity, so the softer songs don’t go as missed as one might suspect. The faster ones benefit from greater rhythmic variety – that’s just what happens when a band gets in two years of practice on their instruments. Outside of the lengthy title track, most of the songs are about the same length, and contain about as many changes per minute as their predecessors.

In the end, I actually find it surprising that Realm’s approach on Suiciety is so similar to what they did on Endless War; not that I’m complaining. I usually expect most of the relatively thrashy bands around this timeframe to undergo dramatic changes to aesthetic and songwriting, but at least on this album Realm did not fall into this. To be fair, the unreleased early 1990s demos by this band supposedly made some progress towards normalization, but judging albums by their surroundings is sort of a fallacy… a popular fallacy, even, if you look at this site.

Highlights: “Fragile Earth”, “Energetic Discontent”, “La Flamme’s Theory”

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  1. 2015/06/12 at 14:57

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