Ingested - The Architect of Extinction 01Near the end of 2014, I reconnected with an old friend and found that some things in life definitely stand up to the ravages of time and an ever-growing mosaic of experience. Deathcore is not one of these things, and has aged as gracefully as an unrefrigerated jar of mayonnaise. British bruisers Ingested partake in this oft-maligned genre and are now releasing their third full-length, The Architect of Extinction. Time to dig out your old camo shorts, fire up MySpace, and party like it’s 2009.

Like nu-metal before it, deathcore has become a term synonymous with shitty music, and as such it feels unfair to label Ingested as a deathcore band. That said, it’s hard to avoid: this is too chuggy to be straight death metal, not old-school in the slightest, not quite brutal death metal, and generally fits the mold of death metal with some hardcore thrown in. Ingested succeed here by adding a liberal dosage of slam into the mix, and these segments sound closest to what Abominable Putridity was doing on Anomalies of Artificial Origin: slowing down and stretching out actual death metal riffs instead of chugging along with a total disregard for songwriting in favor of being “brutal.” Being that this is still primarily deathcore, the standard breakdown naturally makes a few appearances (most noticeably in “The Heirs to Mankind’s Atrocities” and “I Despoiler”), but Ingested‘s measured use of them gives these parts actual impact, as opposed to groups like Suicide Silence whose rampant overuse make breakdowns annoying and trite.

The Architect of Extinction also succeeds in the brutality department, as unlike Suicide Silence or All Shall Perish, Ingested don’t embarrass themselves when they write their full speed death metal riffs. Sounding like the less melodic side of Aborted circa Global Flatline, Ingested make these riffs fairly enjoyable and fleshed-out parts of each song, instead of a time-filler between breakdowns or guitar solos that are technical for the sake of being technical. That said, Ingested are still plagued by the lack of memorability that’s been present since their first record. This stuff is good violent fun while its on, but the band still lacks the sharp hooks of Aborted and slam fiends Internal Bleeding. This makes The Architect of Extinction‘s ten songs bleed together, with the exception of late album highlights “Amongst Vermin” and “A Nightmare Incarnate,” which are far and away the two best riff showcases here.

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Cryptopsy‘s Christian Donaldson handles production, and to the surprise of no one, The Architect of Extinction sounds a lot like Cryptopsy‘s self-titled release, albeit with less emphasis on the bass guitar, but the same emphasis on brickwalling the album to near-oblivion. Lyn Jeffs’ drum sound is nearly identical to Flo Mounier’s on Cryptopsy, albeit more replaced than the latter’s. Sam Yates and Sean Hynes’ guitars are modern, sharp, and nicely chunky, allowing the chugging to sound fairly potent and never letting a note of the faster segments get lost in the maelstrom. The one sticking point is vocalist Jay Evans’ annoyingly high place in the mix, and this is exacerbated when his vocals are layered, which is frequently. His performance is solid, but essentially standard issue for the genre: Evans gurgles, screams, and growls his way through the album, with mostly incomprehensible lyrics about murder, how awful society is, and religion not being his cup of tea. Not exactly inspiring, but not really damaging either.

While it isn’t a very memorable record, The Architect of Extinction isn’t a bad one either. It’s a 45 minute beating that’s enjoyable while it’s on, but forgettable once it ends. I had a difficult time giving Ingested my full attention for 45 minutes straight because the music simply didn’t command it, and while Ingested may not turn too many heads with The Architect of Extinction, they’ll surely keep their audience’s heads banging with their brand of slamming deathcore.


Rating: 2.5/5.0
DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 192 kbps mp3
Label: Century Media
Websites: Facebook.com/IngestedUK
Release Dates: EU: 2015.01.12 NA: 01.20.2015

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  • I’ve always found the lack of deathcore to be riffs. The most successful bands that are labeled in the genre (Job for a Cowboy and Whitechapel) both manage to be successful because they write good riffs first and foremost. I always want to send these bands to listen to Anata, though. It’s like “Listen! You can be technical and also memorable and interesting! Here: it’s being done!!”

    • Angel R. Suarez

      Atheist, man. Atheist. I still hold Unquestionable Presence as one of the three best examples of tech death done right.

    • Oh Anata. :(

      Fuck Wicked World/Earache for fucking those guys over royally. A new album was written and ready in 2008 for fuck’s sake, and anything they wrote would have wiped the floor with what passes for technical death metal these days.

      That said, Omnivium is pretty damn good, but given the choice I would have taken one new Anata album over Obscura’s entire output to date.

    • sweetooth0

      Job for a Cowboy got better because they simply stopped playing Deathcore and decided to ape on Vader and Deicide instead.

  • Wilhelm

    Out of all the sub genres of metal, metalcore/deathcore have to be the worst. In a few years, no one will care.

    • DIMENSIONAL BLEEDTHROUGH

      I dunno, there’s still fourth wave nu-metal out there in the wild.

      • Garak

        And as far as being the worst, there’s probably less worthwhile nu-metal albums than worthwhile metalcore/deathcore albums.

        • Our Fortress Is Burning

          Yes. Metalcore can be a dichotomy. The vast majority of bands produce trash, but there are a handful of bands that have produced some stellar material. Converge, Between the Buried and Me, and The Dillinger Escape Plan for example.

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        Noooooooooo

    • Callitwhatyoulike…

      …good thing that this is “death metal,” not “deathcore,” Mr. “I’m too sophisticated for you.”

      • Add remark since you claim the mantle of expert on good and bad metal for yourself a few comments above.

        • Callitwhatyoulike…

          Steel,
          If you claim that associating an album with “deathcore” isn’t a hundred nails in its coffin, you’re a liar. Are you a liar? No, I didn’t think so.

  • Siege Bantayan

    The cover art reminds me of Devourment’s Conceived in Sewage.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    First lyric clip for the year…not of to a good start, surely someone close to the band could have pulled them aside and suggested that the lyrics work really well left as a mystery…

  • Kronos

    Wow I’m afraid of the production on this. I fucking adore Cryptopsy’s self-titled but it’s one of the most brickwalled albums I’ve ever listened to for pleasure.

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      It’s almost a carbon copy of that sound, save for a lack of bass presence. This dude’s not all over the place like Olivier Pinard was on ‘Cryptopsy’ though, so that might affect how audible it isn’t methinks.

      • Kronos

        Pinard’s performance on that album was monstrous.

    • Callitwhatyoulike…

      The production is perfect. Spot-on. Couldn’t be better. What, specifically, is the source of your distaste for it? “Brickwalled” doesn’t add much value.

  • Doomdeathrosh

    this is a lot like dying fetus, the embed song is not bad at all….

  • Callitwhatyoulike…

    2.5/5? No. This *metal* (you can sub-classify it in any way that you prefer) album absolutely rips; at worst, it’s a 4/5, and it’s easily the best metal album of this year, thus far. I haven’t been able to stop listening to it for a couple weeks, now, in spite of *agreeing with you, initially*.

    You need to listen to albums at least three times before reviewing them; I can’t recall the number of albums I’ve thrown away on first listen only to hear them again to realize how *brilliant* they are down the road (“A New Era of Corruption” being a perfect example). Just saying.

    • We have a 3 listens minimum policy here. And the reviewer hardly slandered the album by giving it a rating of “okay.”

      • Callitwhatyoulike…

        His review states that he listened to it once (did I misread?). “I had a difficult time giving Ingested my full attention for 45 minutes straight”

        2.5/5 = “it sucks.” :)

        • Sharpen up your reading comprehension skills. How does that say he listened once? He’s saying he struggled to listen the album in one sitting.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            “I had a difficult time giving Ingested my full attention for 45 minutes straight”

            In what way does this insinuate or suggest that he listened to the album three times before reviewing it?

          • In what way does it imply he only listened once? He’s saying it’s a tough album to sit through, not that he sat through it once.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Give me a break. :) a) I sincerely doubt it, and b) I’d not state that something was difficult to sit through for 45 minutes if one wishes to imply that they listened to something for a total duration of 45 * 3.

          • Believe whatever you like. You love the album and think it deserves a higher score. The reviewer didn’t. You also think the production sounds “spot on” even though it’s compressed and smashed as all hell. Opinions differ.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Yes, I stated that I “love” it. Time to go.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            “compressed and smashed as all hell.”

            Would you quantify that for me, please? Which frequency ranges are excessive? Which instruments are unbalanced?

          • Jean-Luc Ricard

            The quantification is in the DR rating at the end of the review (DR5).

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            No. Please re-read what I wrote.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Before you write another dismissive retort, answer the question. Which ranges are imbalanced, and which instruments (unless by design, which, of course, you can’t know) are imbalanced?

          • Jean-Luc Ricard

            “Compressed and smashed to hell” refers specifically to the dynamic range of the album. The instruments and frequency ranges can all be wonderfully balanced, but that isn’t what “compressed and smashed to hell” means.

            There’s also some clipping in a couple of places, at least on the Spotify version I’m listening to at the moment (e.g. around 2.15 into “I, Despoiler”).

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Ah–thanks for clarifying. Unfortunately, it’s death metal. It’s constantly loud and dynamically suppressed (with the exception of Penance, the one respite, in this case). These arguments don’t apply to death metal–this isn’t Beethoven.

          • Jean-Luc Ricard

            They very much do. Just while I’m listening to it, for example, take the bass “boom” sound used to introduce a breakdown at 3.29 on “Extinction Event.” Almost totally lost because the music is already at maximum loudness, there’s nowhere to go. Renders the effect almost entirely useless. Everything constantly at the same volume is both boring and harsh on the ears. Check out last year’s release by Horrendous for an example of not compressed-to-fuck death metal.

            And perhaps have a read of metal-fi dot com…

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            This is death metal. By definition, is it constantly loud and dynamically suppressed. That said, this album is no more “dynamically suppressed” than any other death metal album, and your comments are frankly desperate.

          • Jean-Luc Ricard

            No, that is not part of the definition of death metal. Firstly, as you are obsessed with quantification, measure the DR of this album vs “Covenant,” “Symbolic,” “Necroticism,” or the Horrendous album I mentioned above, and you will see that it is *quantifiably* more dynamically suppressed than these albums. Secondly, we complain about any death metal and deathcore is heavily compressed.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Actually, it is. Head on out to Google and start Googling, my friend. Your arguments here are without merit. By no justifiable measure is “dynamic suppression” a defensible issue in the case of this album, especially in relation to any other death metal album. Give it up and move on.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Perhaps he meant “distorted,” as well? Maybe he simply needs better listening equipment/better equalization.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Oh..and “clipping” is definitively much more pervasive than average here, folks. Got it.

          • Jean-Luc Ricard

            Can you quantify that?

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            I was actually being “sarcastic.” I’d say it’s up to the individual who made the comment (seriously, it seems) to defend it.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            The reviewer, for reasons unknown, associated this album with “deathcore.” Anything he wrote subsequent to that has no credibility.

          • El_Cuervo

            Is this not your problem though? If you were truly genre-neutral then his classification wouldn’t have phased you. The fact that you’re perturbed at ‘deathcore’ suggests you yourself are judging the genre.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            The problem is that associating an album with “deathcore,” which pseudo-intellectual metal listeners detest (reasons unknown–when it’s done well, it’s fantastic) immediately a) creates strong bias and b) discredits the reviewer, if “deathcore” is applied where it has no business being.

            Let me know if I need to re-explain this again.

      • Callitwhatyoulike…

        Anyway, by no means are you the only review team to slander this album (50% = slander), though reviews seem to range from 20-ish percent to 95-ish (odd, isn’t it). Nothing personal–you merely have Disqus. :)

        • You might want to look up the definition of “slander”.

          The reviewer is stating an opinion about the album, and quibbling over the genre of the album hardly makes the rest of the review a false statement.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            “Deathcore” and this album in the same piece of writing is false (zero correlation, zero association). Why is it mentioned here at all?

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Guys, mentioning “deathcore” when it doesn’t apply is bias, plain and simple. You know that pseudo-intellectual metal listeners (image chasers) “hate” “deathcore.” Its very mention is enough to dissuade listeners, and this album deserves much better than that.

            If you’re going to continue to use subgenre labeling to the disadvantage of worthy metal albums, be sure that you’re applying it correctly and with just cause.

    • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

      I listened to this plenty of times, as I would be doing a disservice to myself but more importantly the blog and my colleagues here by not doing just that. I don’t hate deathcore, hence why this got an “okay” rating and I own and spin “This Is Exile” (which I really enjoy) semi-regularly. Comments on originality aren’t always criticisms either; how many times has Bolt Thrower recycled the “Cenotaph” intro riff? Tons, but it never fails to be awesome. I still regularly listen to new Swe-death and enjoy it too. In a critical examination, originality or lack thereof deserves to be mentioned. Finally, I’m no pseudo-intellectual; I’m the guy who still stands by naming Alestorm the best album of 2014. Seriously, you’re looking for problems and creating them here.

      • Callitwhatyoulike…

        That’s fantastic. I’m looking for critique of albums that isn’t evidently biased. It isn’t present here.

  • Callitwhatyoulike…

    p.s. please stop perpetuating “deathcore” and the use of sub-genre labeling–metal is metal, and stereotypes immediately create bias (partial reviewing, in spite of comments to the contrary–you’ve associated this band with “deathcore,” for some unknown reason).

    • And it’s pretty pointless to run a metal review blog and not classify what genre albums belong to. That’s something most readers want and expect as it frames expectations of what an album sounds like.

      • Callitwhatyoulike…

        “Most” metal listeners can’t distinguish “good metal” from “bad.” That’s problem A. Sub-genre labeling is killing metal–I’ve been watching it unfold for over a decade. Many (even “most,” these days) “metal listeners” stick only to what they believe falls into certain sub-classifications, and avoid others. (Hence, my example of “New Era” [still the best metal album of the decade, in my opinion] above.)

        • This comment makes me giggle. You dismiss most metal fans while anointing yourself one of the chosen few capable of discerning good metal from bad. You should start a blog.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Your review is a disservice to this band–if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen” should read “If you can’t stand the salt, get out of the ocean”.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Clever!

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            30 years of metal exposure, 145 IQ (this is called “quantification,” as I asked you to provide below) (go ahead and laugh again–I know you will). Is someone better qualified? Didn’t think so.

          • We’ve reached the dreaded “name your IQ” portion of the troll fest.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            You mean the dreaded “quantification” portion? No–that was a few comments ago.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Statement of fact = boasting and troll. Got it.

          • Have a good day and thanks for your readership.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Will do–same to you.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Advice: learn how to handle criticism of your reviews professionally. Until next time (not likely).

          • We’ll be sure to take up your recommendations for better customer service at the next AMG staff meeting.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Weren’t you leaving? I am–farewell.

          • Grymm

            I’m waiting for the part of the argument where you mention how much you can bench press.

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            “Like six plates, brah”

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            About 290, at present (more or less–I got 275 for three reps a couple days ago). 11% body fat. Jealous? Waiting for me to apologize to you for being stronger (earned) and smarter (innate)? Not going to happen–find ways to cope.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            You asked why I feel that I’m of sound mind to state what I have–I gave you valid answers. Is this a problem?

          • El_Cuervo

            If only you knew how much I laughed at this comment.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            I’m sorry that proper justification is a problem for you. I bet you prefer “because I’m pretty smart relative to others” and “because I’ve been listening to metal for a long time.” What’s the correlation between intelligence and judgment, El?

          • El_Cuervo

            As writers for a fairly popular (and well-respected I might add) website, we have been afforded a mandate to give our opinions. People accept that we will review and judge new music, and are, in most cases, glad for this since it helps them decide whether or not they should spend their money.

            You seem to be here simply to antagonise and assume the superiority of your own views. You are severely limited by your refusal to understand that this is the wrong way to encourage people to your side, and that you are just one commenter on the bottom of a relatively small metal review. If you need the recognition by those of us defending the site, then go ahead. But you won’t change anyone’s opinions.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Bla bla bla…

            I’m here to make clear that association of this album with “deathcore” is absurd, and as a result, this review is completely invalid. What part of this confuses you, friend?

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            …ah–to no one’s surprise, you’re an employee of this website. Who’d have thought?

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            “Popular” doesn’t mean “most accurate.” (To be fair, I haven’t read anything else within your site–I’ll be sure to do so.)

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Yup–time to go. All, I suggest giving this album a chance–it’s the best of the year, thus far. You’re welcome.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            It’s too bad that all you can do is laugh (as opposed to “defend” or “make counterarguments”). I’m sorry that statement of fact is funny to you. Here’s another statement of fact: you aren’t doing yourself or your website any favors by acting as emotionally and as unprofessionally as you are.

          • OK, Let me be straight with you. We run a pleasingly troll free blog with a great community of commenters and a lot of intelligent discussion. We don’t digress to name calling and demeaning each other. Since you started commenting today, you have:
            -asserted the superiority of you metal knowledge
            -asserted that most others have no ability to judge good from bad metal
            -attacked the credibility of the reviewer
            -attacked the credibility of the website
            -made a general ass of yourself with classic troll moves like claiming superior intelligence, superior taste, and that everyone but you is wrong
            -claim we are unprofessional in how we deal with your trollery
            Now, if you want to remain a commenter on this site, you need to drop all the pretension. If you disagree with a review, by all means sound off, but not by attacking people. We will ban you from commenting if you continue in the manner.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Name-calling. Is that your best? I’ve made quite a large number of counterarguments and valid criticisms of your review, here. In what way, please, does that make me a troll? Simply because you can’t defend my counterarguments?
            Let’s have it.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            I’ve “claimed” nothing. I’m sorry that it’s shocking to you that someone so superior to you (apparently) has come along and critiqued your review.
            Grow up.

          • You don’t get it. I tried to be cool with you though.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            “Quanfication.” “Judgment.” “Intelligence.” Before retorting with name-calling, go and have a look at Merriam-Webster, fellas.

          • Someone of your voluminous cranial capacity must certainly, then, appreciate subjectivity in ratings. A little light reading for you: http://www.angrymetalguy.com/angry-metal-guy-speaks-on-objectivity/

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            I appreciate it reviewers avoid mislabeling metal bands. I appreciate valid criticism within reviews that isn’t evidently biased. I appreciate reviewers who can maturely and professionally handle criticism of their reviews.

            You’ve failed on all levels (great diction, though).

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            This comment is evidenced by perpetual worship of crap metal bands simply because they fit into a certain subgenre (and the inverse). I see it every day, and frankly, it’s sad.

          • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

            You’re funny, I like you :3
            Anyway, hi there, I wrote this. Yes,
            deathcore has a bad name (I addressed this), but if it walks like a duck and
            quacks like a duck, I’m not about to call it a swan because some avian
            enthusiast with 145 IQ points told me to. I even justified the comparison, and
            said repeatedly it’s not shitty deathcore at all. And as for the “ex falso
            sequitur quodlibet” bit in another comment, cool, I did sentential logic too,
            but when the label themselves (who I can safely assume knows more about their
            investment than you do) dances around the term by basically playing Taboo:
            Metal Genre Edition (“it’s like death metal, but with hardcore beatdowns!”), it’s
            not exactly a demonstrably false premise. You liked this album, I thought it was okay;
            simple as that. Debate and discussion are awesome and a staple of our comments
            section, but screaming “STOP NOT LIKING THINGS I LIKE” at the top of your lungs
            is neither.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            …and you can’t respond with much but name-calling. Name-calling always makes you the winner.

        • Carlos Marrickvillian

          Rubbish, everything always changes, always…as does the language to describe the change, no they don’t (how could you know)……and no it isn’t

          • Carlos Marrickvillian

            oh and my IQ is 146

      • Callitwhatyoulike…

        Further, “deathcore” is a misnomer, given that “metalcore” is a misnomer. Earth Crisis, All Out War, etc., is “metalcore”–not Killswitch Engage. :) If people want to use subgenre labeling, my suggestion would be to apply it accurately. This alone invalidates “deathcore.”

        • Accurate meaning what you decide? Even a cursory Google search shows the tag deathcore going hand in hand with the band.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            “The majority is always right.” Is that the lesson?

            “Metalcore” was first applied to Victory bands (e.g.) like Earth Crisis, All Out War, etc. “Deathcore” is an extension of the inaccurate use of “metalcore,” as applied to “pop metal” (Killswitch, All that Remains, etc.). That which extends from fallacy is also fallacious.

          • Callitwhatyoulike…

            Regardless, I have yet to hear what association this album has with Google’s consensus definition of “deathcore.” Its very mention destroys any album it’s attached to (as you know).

      • Callitwhatyoulike…

        “it frames expectations of what an album sounds like”

        Yes–when used appropriately. This album is “death metal,” plain and simple. Why is “deathcore” mentioned here? See the issue? It immediately creates bias in the eyes of the reader. :)

    • I actually agree with this (in a roundabout way) and have written about it. I’d say: deathcore does exist, and it is a subgenre that hasn’t produced a ton of great bands. But it shouldn’t be used to disqualify bands as possibly being interesting or good. http://www.angrymetalguy.com/angry-metal-guy-speaks-on-genres-as-pejoratives/

      • Callitwhatyoulike…

        “Deathcore” is a misnomer. If you understand where “metalcore” originated, then you know that “deathcore” is actually “deathpop.” :) “Hardcore” bands like Earth Crisis and All Out War who “crossed over” into mixing “metal” into their “hardcore” music are (and were) “metalcore.” Not pop-metal bands like All that Remains (and friends) (no disrespect to them–they’re an excellent band).

        • All genres are essentially constructed in discourses among listeners and bands. These are, naturally, compared to similar things and grouped. Also, I suspect there isn’t one clear place from which deathcore came. Instead, it was likely partially about marketing, while partially also about definitions from reviewers commenting on the form that many of the heavier bands take: the combination of so-called brutal death metal, infused with hardcore breakdowns. So not only do I not agree with your definition of deathcore, but I also don’t agree that it’s a “fallacy.” Deathcore exists, and some influential bands have already come out of the scene. I think it’s too bad that it’s used as an epithet and that people don’t listen to bands labeled deathcore because they have written off the subgenre as a whole, but I don’t think that means it’s somehow a lie or a misleading construct. And if it is, it is no more or no less so than any other genre or subgenre.

          The bigger problem here, as far as I can tell, is that it really cheeses you off that someone doesn’t agree with you. Arguing in the comments section and then getting mad at being told that you’re being kind of a dick about this whole thing while then blaming us for not taking your criticism professionally strikes me as pretty inappropriate behavior. Your opinion is still your opinion, regardless of your IQ and love of metal. Said more pretentiously: De gustibus non est disputandum.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    deathcore deathcore deathcore