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CD REVIEW: Metaleptic Fit Self-titled

Metaleptic Fit is an industrial/thrash metal band based in the Chicago area, formed in 2013 and lead by The Reverend. The Reverend’s background has crossed through many genres of music. From the beginning, he has enraptured heavy metal as a lifestyle of spiritual reverence. The Reverend leads the band. He has an insatiable desire to bring the heaviest metal to all, leading the charge- culminating in a Metaleptic Fit. This three-piece band is currently in the studio recording more songs/material of lament to be released in early 2017.

This two song sampler is a big sounding effort to debut with, as it gets the blood pumping for what’s to come and gives ears a chance to hear how they sound on record. If you’re not into dark and doomy, then avoid this because it pulls no punches in every department. This isn’t a one-dimensional version of such though, it has arms to reach with, legs to run with and wings to fly. The music is that of what many bands are trying to do lately, and that is categorize themselves as mainstream genre’s like hard rock and heavy metal, power metal, etc. But death metal is distinctly less musical and always darker than that.

So, with all the ability in the world to play anything, it doesn’t change the fact that you’re playing straight forward at something else. I would have to disagree that it is limited to such influences as Black Sabbath and Pantera, because it does go way beyond what they do. But it seems to be avoiding that tag on purpose somehow, and rather keeping it to industrial and thrash metal categories. And that would just be more acceptable if the vocals did not follow the death metal map. Take the vocal effects away and that would more likely fit these categories better.

That is only a suggestion to what is otherwise an all-out killer of a sampler disc. Placing it within its peers for the sake of the vocals would be a plus to anyone using the effects in my opinion. But it doesn’t mean I’d change anything else, including any of the musical content. To get things going they kick off with “Prey On Thee” which is relatively universal in subject matter, as that is what the system and its players do. But this gets religious from the get go. It’s about a reckoning as far as I can tell. In which a pulverizing percussion dominates, as he warns about seeing what kind of god The Reverend is.

And if that doesn’t sink in, “She’s Calling Me” contrasts in many ways to bring something somewhat different. This one reminds me of what groups like Gwar and others reached for musically, regardless of the themes they use. It is a sound and style thing, more than the topics. This is equally as good as the former, but with more elements that mingle together. And it’s probably the more consistently enjoyable of the two, but they don’t contend with each other either. They complement one another with different approaches that don’t result in cannibalizing. Almost like two parts of one song, but not. It is an overall satisfying release.

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by Kevin Webber

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