ALBUM REVIEW: Visions Of Disfigurement – Aeons Of Misery

Release Date: June 8th 2020
Label: Realityfade Records
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Around ten to fifteen years ago, the metal and hardcore genres were witnessing the self-sustaining ouroboros of deathcore in full gestation.

An equally lauded and maligned sub-genre as of its time as synth-pop was in the eighties, its insistence on often extracting the most over-utilised elements of the genres which it borrowed from, as well as its firm footing within the “scene” community, have done a lot to prevent any form of credible longevity.

Recently, there has been a noticeable resurgence in the slam scene, with the reunion of Annotations Of An Autopsy as well as several new groups sludging out of the woodwork. While there may be some essence of nostalgia, what else is there? This query has been quashed by ‘Aeons Of Misery’, the sophomore effort from Manchester (or, Slamchester according to the band) deathcore sludge munchkins, Visions Of Disfigurement. Sadly, the answer is a big nothing.

Dated, vapid, and frustratingly monotonous death metal 101 riffs reduce/reuse/recycle their way through every track. Ratatatat blast beats are clumsily battered ad nauseum with zero nuance or regard for their place in the greater scheme of things, while the vocals are standard indecipherable, near inaudible inhales, brees, and pig squeals which have aged even worse than one would initially imagine. It’s almost like there’s an attempt to fit as many in as humanly possible. Whether this is an artistic decision or an effort to impress, it fails either way.

Now, this would have fit right in circa 2008 next to the likes of Waking The Cadaver. In 2020, it’s just a waste of time and potential. Clearly competent yet detrimentally uninspired, while the great production can’t save what is, ultimately, a boring mess. Lacking any of the wit, snarl, or youthful energy that allowed deathcore to get away with as much it did, ‘Aeons Of Misery’ is a forgettable slog through bucket loads of blood-soaked squeals, blast beats and breakdowns. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.