When European bands turn their hand to any style of music, you can put money on them nailing it. Poland’s Eternal Deformity is one such band. With a plethora of bands capable of wresting out of their instruments whatever sounds they desire, the result typically tends to be a case of style over substance, yet with ‘The Beauty of Chaos’, that line is blurred. Eternal Deformity’s competence at blending genres is impressive and the simultaneous balance and mastery of both feel and technique is key to the success of ‘The Beauty of Chaos’. One such instance is the fusion/funk of ‘Caught Out Lying’ which juxtaposes prog and metal elements that could so easily fail were it not for the feel that the band is able to harness in the grooves, the textures, and the dynamics. The synth sounds and the classically-infused lines add a symphonic dimension the album and give it emotional as well as melodic depth, and so, with skilfully orchestrated instrumentation and tracks laced with lunatic grandeur, this is an album of a richly diverse and varied eccentricity.
The dark elements contrast wonderfully with the light, and the coloured nuances are subtle enough to lend the aesthetic the warmth that such well-produced works so easily lack. However, the pristine production and precision playing does mean that the tracks can feel a little processed and, well, a bit too squeaky clean. The production, the musicianship, and the song-writing are all magnificent, but it appears Eternal Deformity is prepared to comfortably bestride that line between authenticity and plasticity. Though this may be a confused combination of genres glossed over with hyper production, it is technically impressive, sonically interesting, and musically challenging. ‘The Beauty of Chaos’ is a musical achievement that many strive to accomplish. But maybe a bit of dirt would have given the tracks the gravitas they need…
THE BEAUTY OF CHAOS
Review by Jason Guest
30th April 2012
2) Thy Kingdom Gone
4) Pestilence Claims No Higher Purpose
5) Caught Out Lying
6) The Beauty of the Ultimate End
7) The Sun
8) The Holy Decay
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"Though this may be a confused combination of genres glossed over with hyper production, it is technically impressive, sonically interesting, and musically challenging."