Difficult to look back on Indoctrine without feeling disappointment. I liked the concept, but shoddy execution meant it turned out just OK rather than excellent. Nemtheanga has problems creating interesting vocal phrasing on top of blastbeats, and he seems to skate around his notes without knowing which ones to commit to or when. I keep thinking up better vocal melodies in my head than the ones he's actually delivering. There's evidence of some weird production hacking too. At one stage, Dead City Stare has two off-sync blasts going on at once - the ride bell even keeps plinking away happily during fills in shambolic fashion. Ruins what might have been my favourite track. The lyrical concept had promise, but since it goes on about societal pressures and doesn't mention any specific religions, it's just a poor man's Obey rather than being some burning psychosocial insight. Fine for what it is... just left me wishing that the best parts of this had ended up on a final AoA album instead.
you cant look at this like normal war metal. I think the vocals are awesome, and bring a level of emotion rarely, if ever, found in the genre. cant believe i havent checked this out until now. serious shit right here