Line-up: Raudis - vocal, Ota - guitar, Zbyňa - guitar, Clof - bass, David – drums
This debut album “Homo Corruptus” is my very first contact with this dog-core bunch as I haven't yet have an honor to meet them before. Dog-core sub-genre doesn't sound familiar? Don't worry, I heard about this style for the first time as well. Information leaflet tells something about hardcore/death metal, which should be more comprehensible.
After the first listening to the title song “Homo Corruptus” I am beginning to doubt with this comprehensible music form. If MC would use folk instruments (violins, flutes, pipes...), I would think, I am roaming somewhere withing finnish woods accompanied by Korpiklaani and Finntroll. The vocals confused me too, it sounds in many different ways but English. I would rather place it among Uralic languages, though I know the lyrics are in English. However, the pronunciation is odd. But talking about the vocal technique, it seems very interesting. Holding the rhythm and phrasing is handled without difficulty. The interestingness is especially in vocal diversity. The singer Radius rattles, screams, roars and sometimes even barks angrily, which is the reason for the dog-core label. Listening to following tracks but reminds me our proverb “every dog other village”. For instance the opening of the track with fitting name “The Satan's Children” flows in fast black metal style, which unexpectedly turns into heavy metal intermezzo. A bit Megadeth-like riff in “On The Row To Death” evokes mid-tempo thrash metal. As if it was not enough, in fifth song “Look Of Strike” we can have enough of refreshing speedmetal ride. In “How It Pain” finally occurs some death metal, which here and there turns into thrash metal sodomy. I am but still not finding the hardcore style. Maybe the final “Tears Like Stabs” can be considered this with narrowed eyes. After more hearings more HC moments appears, but it requires paying a lot of attention.
Although album doesn't last for even a half an hour, it is very rich when come to musical styles. It is also relatively interesting, but I sometimes have feeling the boys from MC are a bit lost in their music. The listener himself will have problems with orientation as well. The band definitely didn't meant it bad, but the original idea wasn't turned into good result and the CD complexity limps a bit. It is unfortunate, because there are really a lot of interesting moments. The band also can play together very well and no one can doubt about the vocalist's skills. The sound quality of the recording is but more likely average. “Homo Corruptus” would better suit much more aggressive and solid sound. MC didn't literally disappointed me. I even caught myself with fully spontaneous tapping into rhythm. In nowadays competition they will have very hard to break through, but I hope they will fight with it well and they will soon convince me and others that in Jalubí (the village where the band resides) can kick one's asses fairly well. Yet they only tickled, though it was likeable.