PSY:CODE - CAUSE AND NEGLECT (Target Distribution)
(Review by Patrick De Sloover)
The Danish metal band PSY:CODE is driven by unity and a constant search for boundaries and unknown states of mind. So far a quote on the infosheet that was delivered with this second album ‘Cause And Neglect’, ready to be released on June 10th. 2013. The band started their career with the critically acclaimed debut album ‘Delusion’ in 2010. For the track “Set It Loose”, they shot a movie with Royal Baboon Films and you can check that short movie at this location: http://vimeo.com/34344532 . The band also toured with Illdisposed, another legendary Danish death metal band, but one of their highlights so far was opening for Slayer and Mastodon in Copenhagen. Since their foundation we can easily say that the band left an impressive footstep on the Danish soil.
Target Distribution and Mighty Music gathered forces and will release Psy:code their second album around these days and they all hope that “Cause And Neglect” will continue the path to success, also abroad Denmark. The band produced the album themselves and mixing and mastering got a Jacob Hansen treatment. If you are familiar with the Heavy scene, you will probably know that he recently worked on the newest Divided Multitude, Volbeat, Amaranthe and Pretty Maids, and he’s busy with Tyr and Mercenary. The artwork of this second output is done by Mircea Gabriel and looks interesting, yet frightening.
The quintet of Psy:code consists of a standard lineup: 2 guitar players (Jezpr and Stein), 1 pounding bass by Dag, blasting drum beats by Gotsche and of course shredding vocals by Schou! The band pre-recorded the album in Psy:code’ headquarters, which is an old wartime bunker a little outside of Copenhagen, while drum tracking was finished in the studio of Jacob Hansen. Musically, the band states to deliver technical riffing, blend with atmospheric passages and progressive structures to the bands version of hardcore metal. Lyrically, the albums gives the listener an inside look at the deranged thoughts of five individuals.
Their previous album ranked pretty high in several European mags and webzines with an average of 80% of the maximum scores. I haven’t heard their first release, so I have to focus on what I hold in hands right now. One thing is for sure, the energy is present all the time, and I’m pretty excited about the way Schou spits his lyrics. He eradicates all positive thoughts and spheres and brings a sick message of mentally illness. Tracks like ‘My Sick Redemption’, ‘Creator/Destroyer’ and ‘Hellish Tensions’ speak for themselves. Blending harsh vocals that vary with melodic parts immersed in hellish and deadly riffing at cruising speed!
Psy:code can’t deny that they are into bands like Soilwork and Darkane. They add a little more aggression to become a top-notch product. Denmark can be proud on this storming brutal force with high standards and precise attacks!
My rating: 81 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 89: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard