Well, I couldn’t say Sociopathic Constructs has something for everyone, but by smeg is it intensely intense! In places it reminds me of one of my all time favourite Scottish metal albums, Man Must Die’s No Tolerance For Imperfection. That record, though, actually gave the listener some time to breathe here and there. This is just a relentless onslaught of anti-tank rail-gunning. Yet, somehow, it has class. That’s a tricky tightrope to tread.
A minor gripe would be that the drums overpower the strings a little. You can hear that there are technical intricacies – smashed between the riff warfare – but you really have to listen a lot of the time. I would have liked the guitars to be pushed more as a feature. Then again, guitar is my own personal instrument of choice. Added to that, the bite of the overall sound, within the parameters of the style, makes it a conceivably worthwhile sacrifice. Every single rhythm based riff is crushingly monstrous; the album itself, a behemoth of bone-jarring insanity. To much tight detail could have potentially detracted from this result.
Ladies and gents, if you came here for pretty melodies, you ain’t getting none. If your desire is to simply blast your face off, Abnormality can hook you up! A good record is not going to get much heavier than this.
Grade: A and a Mr Bump sticky plaster for the bruising.