Released: 2015, Naturmacht / Rain Without End Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Throes' 'Disassociation' is a short blast of modern death metal stereotypes that makes this an enjoyable, yet forgettable experience. 'Disassociation' placates a casual listener, but in the hands of an experienced metal 'elitist, Throes's 2015 effort will unfortunately fall short on every level other than fitting the genre's most basic traits. Simply put, the album works but there is a whole world of death metal that does the job better. Blast beats meet with frenzied industrialist guitar work. It's distorted, mechanical and true to any form this band will want to promote in the future, displaying the most aesthetically pleasing elements in the death metal genre (even in a modern sense). Audio samplings add some difference between Throes and the endless newcomers to the genre. It provides a selling point most other groups may miss. The over-saturation of metal has seen a few rise from the underground to instant esteem but it has also seen whole scores of bands blend their sounds together, preventing any separation from each other. It's this saturation of music that has watered down the genre for those acts that 'miss the mark' for no apparent reason. Throes are earning some quick attention with 'Disassociation' but as solid as the effort is, this five track slab of modern death will be forgotten as the genre's main acts reinforce their stranglehold on the scene.
I've already made myself clear in the fact that 'Disassociation' isn't exactly memorable past the final track's close, and it's lasting values are virtually non-existent. At least for Throes there's some positives to take heart in. Throes don't 'miss' on any one thing, rather it's the entire of the record that leaves the listener somewhat underwhelmed. For what it's worth, 'Disassociation' doesn't let up on sheer intensity. Death metal has always been known for a certain degree of "bone-crushing", "neck-snapping" and "crushing" force but this two piece act from Birmingham maintain a mindset of pummeling, lumbering fury moving from mechanical snare slapping and guttural roars. 'Disassociation' is solid enough to establish these multi-instrumentalists as band members, ensuring that when this project continues, it will carry momentum. Take a look online and you'll find some vague references to an album full of blackened death metal with 'industrial' elements and while that's quite apt a descriptor for a metal fan looking for umbrella terms it doesn't provide more than a sweeping statement for a listener with a clue. Throes' has an ability to make death metal, bringing in their own individualistic elements to create a sound to be described as... well, Throes.
Samples both human and not create a minimalist approach to what could have been very middling death metal. Let me make myself plain: This is not middling death, it's just not spectacular enough to instantly see Throes enter the ring with the genre's fore-runners. Albums like this don't have too many unique characteristics (especially in today's metal culture) but they can certainly provide a quick hit, quick fix for the death metal addict looking to try something new. If death metal is an "addiction", Throes' 'Disassociation' will hold you over until you find that something better.