Codex:Factoria – …Cause Destruction Through Tyrants
Reviewed: December, 2018
The Kings of Kanadian Karnage!- The Frozen North Rides Forth!
This feature is so good, I had to name it twice! About once a year I indulge my patriotism and review a bunch of Canadian Metal releases. There has been a whole pile of albums recently released in the past few months and I want to help bring some exposure to these bands. There are bands of all styles and all genres from across the country in this feature. The bands covered in this feature are… (listed alphabetically)
Anvil (Toronto, ON)
Apprentice (Vancouver, BC)
Arctic Circle (Brandon, Manitoba)
Assault (Vancouver, BC)
Black Rat (Calgary, AB)
Cauldron (Toronto, ON)
Codex:Factoria (Vancouver, BC)
Dethgod (Calgary, AB)
Fractal Cypher (Montreal,Quebec)
Haiduk (Calgary, AB)
Iomair (Scarborough, ON)
Ice War (Ottawa, ON)
Leah (Vancouver, BC)
Lee Aaron (Vancouver, BC)
Malacoda (Oakville, ON)
Mongol (Edmonton, AB)
Ominous Eclipse (Ottawa, ON)
Skullfist (Toronto, ON)
Solborn (Edmonton, AB)
Thor (Vancouver, BC)
Trollwar (Alma, PQ)
Untimely Demise (Saskatoon, SK)
W.M.D (Calgary, AB)
Ye Goat-Herd Gods (Calgary, AB)
Please enjoy all the albums in this feature and check out all the talent Canada has to offer!
One of Canada Metal hot spots Vancouver, BC, has recently produced a new bright light, Codex:Factoria. Right off the top, I like the name. There are only a very few Metal bands with the word ‘codex’ in their band name, unlike for example countless bands with, ‘dark’, ‘black’ or ‘steel’ in their band name. It shows a little more originality. After a relatively low-key EP in late 2016, the band is back with their full-length debut album, …CAUSE DESTRUCTION THROUGH TYRANTS. This debut is short and not-so-sweet with eight originals a cool cover running for about 42 minutes. The cover art is a little on the grim side!
Codex Factoria have a sound I really like, namely Death/Thrash. There are not a ton of bands who do this sound well, I’m thinking back to Demolition Hammer and Naglfar and maybe old Soilwork…not quite Gothenburg style, melo-death but just as ripping. The heaviness is there, as well as an injection of melody which makes it more fun. The band adds little sonic bits that add to the overall experience. We start off with a spoken word sample, and there are little musical interludes with distorted noises, acoustic guitar and voices such as the opening of the cut, ‘Murderer’.
The five-piece band has quite a few cumulative years experience and boasts (or at least at one time) had Scott Watts of Sacrifice as a member. Consequently the sound and style are very mature for a debut. I know that word can have negative connotations, (especially in Metal!) but I think it applies…they don’t go the easy kill, with overly simplistic choruses or hooks, the songs build slowly at times and grind along nicely. Vocalist Keith has a great voice for this type of material, easily handling harsh vocals with ease, a nice mix of Death growls and thrash.
What is the name of that stupid country music song…something about high friends in low places…? Maybe Codex-Factoria heard that song one time and took it to heart because this album is loaded with guest stars, high profile Canadian thrashers. Dave Padden (ex- Annihilator), Dave Carlo (Razor), Rob Urbinati (Sacrifice) all show up and contribute, as do Adam and CJ from BloodFeast! The boys show their roots by finishing the party off with a solid cover of Venom’s Black Metal. Listen for an old school distorted backwards message at the end of the album! Why don’t more Metal bands do this anymore? Hail to Codex:Factoria for keeping a tradition alive!
I liked the EP but this is even better. …CAUSE DESTRUCTION THROUGH TYRANTS is pretty relentless from start to finish! An awesome debut, very impressive.