I was sent a link to download this EP from German Progressive Deathcore outfit Secrets Of A Psychopath for free this morning thanks to the vocalist dropping me a line on my Last.fm account. I'm not sure if he personally sought me out, or if he was spamming peoples wall, which I wouldn't blame him for, but regardless, I saw free music and decided it couldn't hurt to give it a listen. It also helps that it wasn't just a single, it was a solid 5 track EP, which in my opinion an EP needs to be at least 5 tracks. So my pre-requisites were met. Oh and the album art looked professional, which is always a good way to attract potential listeners.
So after all that, how did the album hold up?
Fantastically well! Secrets Of A Psychopath label themselves as Deathcore, but I feel they are doing themselves a disservice by not labeling themselves progressive deathcore, because Concept Of Failure is chock full of great instrumental work, especially considering that this is their first release! This 5 track EP is better than anything the likes of Emmure or Chelsea Grin have ever made. Each song proves their technical skill and the album is altogether solid.
Now on the other hand, while it is an impressive piece, it is not flawless. The album as a whole is great, but it seems to lack a song or two that really standout. They suffer from sounding a bit 'samey' and don't seem to have any individualism. It's not an All Shall Perish or Born Of Osiris release, but at the same time it took Born Of Osiris three albums to figure out who they are and prove themselves capable of being at the forefront of progressive deathcore. Secrets Of A Psychopath haven't even released a full album yet, and I already have hugely high hope for their future. These guys already have their ducks in a row. They just need someone to buy them the bullets. These guys definitely need to be signed by someone.
The final track on the album 'Memory' is probably my favorite track. The lead guitar has some very interesting solos throughout and the drummer has a pretty awesome double bass section towards the beginning of the song. Also towards the end of the song, the rhythm guitar and the lead guitar sort of have a jam session that's pretty cool. And the song ends the same way the album begins which is a good device for making the listener unknowingly repeat the album.
The vocals are pretty great too, it's a reminds me a bit of Adam Warren from Oceano, with highs stolen from Trevor Strnad of Black Dahlia Murder.
It's a short, but technically great album that any deathcore fan should find very interesting. It's very impressive that this is their first release. These guys have a very bright future ahead of them. I can't wait to see what they do!
Oh and to share the love, you can get this album for free by liking them on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/secretsofapsychopath?sk=app_190322544333196
Go do it! You're only doing yourself a favor and the ep is only about 18 or 19 minutes long. So if you for some reason don't like it, you won't have lost much time.
But you'll probably like it.