Originally Posted by SnakeCharmer
Disagree with your assesment on the Dying Fetus. While its not topping Destroy the Opposition, its a damn fine record. Speaking of generic, I find the new Vital Remains to be just that. Its basically Dechristianize 2 with no evolution whatsoever and I am not very fond of the production job either. I still need to listen to more of the Despised Icon, Odius Mortem and Akercocke to properly assess them but so far I've liked what I've heard from these albums. For now the Psyopus and Mithras are my favorite death metal releases of 07 but in the overall scheme of things they aren't going to be remembered as amazing releases.
Seriously how can you say 'War Of Attrition' is not completely generic? It's so textbook death/grind that its depressing. Not even an idea to throw something memorable in there, the only variety is the occasional half-hearted breakdown attempt. Boring and lame. At least Vital Remains had the sense to write some actual RIFFS (no matter how contrived they are) and make a few somewhat memorable songs (the title track once that lead melody comes in, come on, fuckin ace) instead of just the same tired drivel repeated over and over. For me, an example of a modern death metal album that will catch my attention and garner repeat listenings is 'Demigod'. Obviously not everyone can be like Nile since they have their own niche that sets them apart specifically, so I'd say the standard-bearer for making solid "generic" (for lack of a better term, I think you get what I mean though) death metal right now is Behemoth. Very little frills, they just write solid tunes without being exceptionally complex (although playing this type of music it is a given that you must be among the best at simply playing your instrument) and stay generally away from the cliches that grip so many bands. That's what helps set them apart.