PARASITE INC – Time Tears Down
- by Matt Coe
- Posted on 15-07-2013
You always feel a sense of worry creep in when adjectives such as ‘modern’ and ‘melodic’ are thrown into the same category for a metal band. Especially when taking in a band like Parasite Inc. for the first time- a four piece hailing from Aalen, Germany. "Time Tears Down" is their second album, a 13 track effort for this six year old act that displays remarkable hook attack and a strong sense of stability in the songwriting/ arrangement departments.
Immediately out of the gate songs such as the title cut and follow up "Chaos Inside" slap your brain silly with these dual Kai Bigler/ Kevin Sierra guitar workouts, lobbing out this tandem thickness that will make Soilwork/ Darkane fans salivate. Latest bassist Stefan Kramer and drummer Benjamin Stelzer keep the groove machine moving along at adequate mid-tempo to slightly faster death pacing, keying in on all the right transitions or verse/chorus moments for highlights "Function or Perish" and "Unmeant Outcasts". The band exude this impeccable sense of knowing when to shape shift the contrasts with the right melodic break, dual guitar harmony, or extended double bass passage- along with the comfortable growls of Kai that live for the Dark Tranquility/ Edge of Sanity years- check out the 5:45 "The End Of Illusion" for all aspects in shining glory.
Sure there are moments where Parasite Inc. does go for an obvious ‘pit’ moving riff- but they seem to do this with proper intention per the need of an individual song, and not because they need to subscribe to clichés to gain mass appeal. Expect a brutal guitar tone (which does lean towards modern aesthetics) and overall I’m super impressed with where this band is leaning musically, vocally, and creatively. This is an album that all melodic death metal fans should champion- the ones who got in on the ground floor in the 1990’s as well as those just getting into the movement.