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Genre: Black/Death Metal
Country: Finland
Label: MAA Records
Year: 2015

When I finished for the first time, listening to Discipline, of the Finnish band Wrathage, a three-sided question was swirling in my mind. Paranoia, confusion or genius? Listening to the album again and again, I came to realize that the answer wasn’t easy, because the threshold between these three characteristics isn’t clear.

To start with, I can’t define the exact genre. You’ll respond saying, labels…who has a need for the many way? But if someone asks me, what’s the exact music Wrathage compose, the answer is difficult again. Let’s just say that they fit in the loose category of Extreme Metal. So, what should you be expecting to listen to? A mixture of Emperor (in their era after Anthems), Dimmu Borgir, Morbid Angel with a slight touch of Thorns, strangely blended with Deathspell Omega. Of course, as if the influences I mentioned weren’t enough, Wrathage throw in some jazz fusion bridges, saturated with the most paranoid solos you’ve listened to in a long time. The result, peculiar yet original.

The album starts off with Dark Matter, a track that shows the mood of the album, right from its beginning. Paranoid/Desperate vocals, keyboards and guitars that do the best thing possible to keep your interest, and polyrhythmic drums in a plenty of occasions.

Second track of the album is Born Girt for War. Here we come to realize the theatrical and polymorphous voice of the singers. Contrary to the first song, the vocals here are darker, something between shrieking and growling. And again, somewhere in this song, you’ll get a taste of what I mean by “paranoid solos”.

The journey to the inner sanctum of the nightmare continues with Of the Great Chief, following the same footsteps as the previous tracks, yet obviously darker, up until the next, Walking to Death. Another pause, just to mention that the level of musicianship is very high and they sound as if they individually have mastered their art.

Next song is Unslaved. Once more, it’s time for a pause to contemplate. The answer to the initial question isn’t provided by the next song either, Distortion, which by the time you listen to it for the first time, sounds the most Death Metal song of the album (excluding the covering of Dawn of the Angry by Morbid Angel that concludes the album). Nonetheless, don’t expect to find classic Death Metal in here, but a darker and slower approach. Obviously the influences are plain to see, but in the process, the whole concept seems to be mooring. The ideas, even though they’re many, they start repeating themselves, following a certain pattern.

By far, the most interesting song of the album is Reptilian. Being a big fan of Emperor, I can’t but admire this very track, which could with ease be included in Prometheus. Next song, Sadicum, is equally stressful, excluding its end, which is more accessible.

Second to last is Crawlspace. Somewhere right here I was reminded of Thorns, perhaps because the vocals resemble the band a bit, or perhaps because of the composition which is equally chaotic. Last song, is a cover of Dawn of the Angry by Morbid Angel. A pretty decent cover, as close as it can be to the original song.

Somewhere right here, this review is about to end and I’m supposed to give an answer to the question I posed initially. Confusion or genius? Paranoia or brilliance? This album never ceases to confuse you. Definitely it’s something fun, something for the lovers of extreme music who want to listen to something different. I’m not saying it’s special because Wrathage didn’t invent a genre; they just fuse together, a lot of different genres successfully. Although excellent musicians, their inspiration reminds me of a man, wandering desperately in a labyrinth. Interesting, yet difficult. Special mention to the guitarists once more, who’ve done an excellent job in composing and capturing paranoia in their solos. Yet, even if the album troubled me, it finally left me with a feeling of emptiness. And that’s what I think this album lacks. Something memorable. When I finally went to bed, I had forgotten most of its parts. All I have been left with is the question.